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Shandravathani Kantharasa
Date : Jan - 10

Many doors have been opened for social service. Even though there are many who stay away from helping people despite being aware of their needs, and having the means to help them, there are also those with a sense of social responsibility who continue to involve in activities pertaining to the welfare of the people.

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U.Sandamali
Date : Jan - 10

“I didn’t want to be a politician. My mother left my father because he was heavily involved in grassroots politics as UNP’s [United National Party] organizer for Colombo North. But since my brother and I were raised by our father, it was inevitable that I went along with him for party meetings and other activities from a very young age. In my youth, I started to help my father with political mobilization activities.

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Thayalarajan Paulina Subothini
Date : Dec - 21

I, Thayalarajan Paulina Subothini, was born in C level havakachcheri where I currently reside. I am currently a member of the Chavakachcheri Urban Council. In addition, I also initiate welfare activities on a political, for the people

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Kumari Pathirage
Date : Dec - 21

“Soon after I was elected in 2018 to the Kaduwela Municipal Council I realised that male councilors hadn’t even read the Local Government Act. By then, the newly elected women councilors were already citing the Local Government Act in council sessions, as and when we saw fit, thanks to numerous trainings we had already attended. Right from the beginning, we would also stand against corrupt practices. Our fluency in the Act motivated male councilors to read it, too, and also to refer to it in the

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Kandiah Kalaivani
Date : Dec - 18

I, Kandiah Kalaivani, was forced to vacate my place of birth in the 1990s due to violence. I completed my primary education at the Mahizvattan school, my intermediate education at the Karadiyanaru Maha Vidyalayam, and studied for my Ordinary Level at the Kudiyiruppu Kalaimagal school. The troubles I faced over the following years forced me to shift many schools, resulting in me halting my Advanced Level studies halfway. At the time, my interests were towards self-employment, which in turn prompt

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T.M. Wayanthi Sanjeewani
Date : Dec - 18

“I was born and raised in Colombo. I studied at St.Bridget’s Convent and Musaeus College. I grew up with four brothers, two elder and two younger. I married a businessman from Kalawana in 1996 and moved to Kalawana. My father is also from Kalawana. I got involved in community assistance initiatives because of my father. My father always ensured that not a single person would go back without getting his help. After moving to Kalawana, I was influenced by my father’s benevolence. I took leadersh

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Lihini Fernando
Date : Dec - 05

“An Educated Voice on Behalf of a Village,” was the motto of my 2018 election campaign. My husband helped to me to run it. I just had twenty days to communicate all the important messages to the people in Moratuwa Municipal Council area after I was nominated to contest. I was totally new to the party and I contested against very experienced politicians. I decided to run a poster- and billboard-free campaign. I used social media and house-to-house canvasing as the main tools to engage with my con

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Thanuja Jeyaraja
Date : Dec - 05

The scars that were created by the war have not only resulted in the downfall of the Tamil people, but have also affected us. The scars and pains that were caused by the war are experiences that cannot be forgotten by the Tamil people of the North, even today.

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Shiromi Cooray
Date : Nov - 29

“From the age of eight, I helped my father in his community welfare activities. I am from Moratuwa and I used to take extra lunch packets to school to share with classmates from poor families. Unfortunately, my education was disrupted after my father fell ill and I took over my father’s business. I could only study up to Ordinary Levels. I am married and we have a 17-year-old daughter.

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Nagenthiran Tharsini
Date : Nov - 29

My name is Nagenthiran Tharsini. I reside in central camp area of Navithanveli in the Ampara District. I completed my primary education at Senaikkudiyiruppu Maha Vidyalayam and continued my higher studies in Kalmunai. I did not pursue higher studies after my Advanced Level. Subsequently I was involved in community-based voluntary work. My father was arrested by the military when I was a small child. I have not heard anything of him till now. My mother’s parents were a pillar of strength when my

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