Volunteerism today: My mixed feelings

Publié 16 octobre 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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I was invited to an event last Tuesday. The Ministry of Social Services of Sri Lanka, along with UN Volunteers and UNDP, launched the National Volunteering Secretariat (NVS) at an extravagant event held in Galadari Hotel Colombo, with First Lady Shiranthi Wickramasinghe-Rajapaksa attending as the chief guest. The launch was followed by the 2-day National Conference on Volunteering. I learnt at the event that the NVS was conceived by the authorities sometime back. The motive beh...


Global Power Dynamics and the Third World

Publié 10 octobre 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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In a set of latest findings, TIME says that China will take over the USA as the world’s largest economy in 2019. Evidence to support this prediction can be seen all over the world if you look closely - Chinese Internet giant Alibaba claimed the distinction of having to its name the world’s largest IPO (Initial Public Offering) less than a month back, while wealthy Chinese are buying age old family owned Wine businesses in France. 17% of USA’s debt is owned by China, and almos...


What I learnt this week

Publié 3 octobre 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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Last week, I managed to put together a piece that came to be of interest to many in the Voices of Youth online community. I was amazed at the level of knowledge and enthusiasm of our blogging interns on sustainability and development. They all had a notion of commitment towards their countries, and a passion for setting things right. And for that, I respect them. It shows that this generation cares. Today's post however, is about a less serious topic. It's about me. Before...


Development – is it controversial?

Publié 25 septembre 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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In Sri Lanka, we suffered from the atrocities and grieved over losses in a civil war that lasted 3 decades. But Sri Lankans were fortunate to see the end of this conflict in the year 2009, owing to the sacrifices made by our armed forces and the bold stance of anti-terrorism of our policy makers. Five years after the war, the Sri Lankan government is investing heavily in reconciliation, rebuilding and development. We're increasingly focusing on beautification of cities; getting rid...


Do one thing - Read!

Publié 18 septembre 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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As I have mentioned in a previous post (http://www.voicesofyouth.org/en/posts/the-terrorist-s-daughter---2) I have been quite fond of reading from the very early days of my life. As a kid, I would often find a book, lay down on the floor and make myself comfortable, and I could go on like this for hours. Until I was about 10 years old, my English was quite bad and I read only the Sinhala books I could get my hands on. Things changed when I found two excellent English teachers in the...


CRC@25

Publié 11 septembre 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), is a treaty ratified by a almost all the countries in the world. It is distinctly clear that people and governments value the rights of their children, and are constantly involved in activities that facilitate children to realise their full potential through rights. In Sri Lanka, specific focus is given to various issues such as realising access to education and healthcare for children - in fact, access to educatio...


Helping young talent blossom - Art Fusion 2014

Publié 8 septembre 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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In many posts I have done previously on VoY, I have brought to you stories of youth initiatives and considerations in my country, which are implemented to support today's youth, facilitating the betterment of the next generation in the process. This post is a bit different - it is about the older generation doing their share in helping young talent blossom. Today I walked in to the Bougainvillea Ballroom of the Galadari Hotel in Colombo to witness an art & crafts exhibition....


Young People Take Action! - The Road to Rights

Publié 5 septembre 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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Over the years, Sri Lankans have seen several youth movements which support the ongoing development process in Sri Lanka without any political affiliations or motives. These groups work on different fields, including Gender Equality, Educational development, Human Rights, Peace and Reconciliation, and the whole gamut of local issues and considerations faced by Sri Lankans today. Among these groups, The Road to Rights stands out as a unique youth initiative. Formed in 2012, The...


The Terrorist's Daughter - A book review

Publié 30 août 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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I used to be quite an avid reader ever since I can recall. I was in the habit of reading through everything I could get my hands on. I often sat up long hours reading - even went to the extent of missing out on my school homework because it was quite impossible for me to put aside a good book once I started reading. I was often "branded" a boring kid, because I preferred staying indoors and reading, over the stuff that most kids my age used to do. After all, I was born an introvert...


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    Studying Business Finance and International Relations. Purist. Atheist. Politics nerd. Musicaholic. Unconditional Apple lover. Interning at Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association. Volunteering at UNV Sri Lanka.


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