Global Week to #Act4SDGs Sri Lanka
With the steady Goal of mobilizing change through actions, understanding that every little counts as long as it is contributing to progress, focusing on bringing about a difference to positively impact livelihoods while promoting sustainability and conservation for a better future. Global Week to #Act4SDGs is a campaign which encourages people to make decisions which are essential for the recovery and growth of our planet.
The Road to Rights is the convening partner of this Global Campaign and hence, under their banner, have initiated four main projects which are cut out to create change. The first one “A Tree for Life”, carried out from the 13th to the 28th of September, is an effort to plant a million trees with the aim of restoring the greenery that has previously been a victim of deforestation.
The second project titled “Un-plastic week” spanned from the 17th to the 24th of September where the participants were encouraged to limit their usage of plastic and recycle as much as possible with the aim to lessen the impact of plastic pollution on our environment.
“Change a Life” , the third initiative under the Global Week banner took place from the 22nd of September to the 28th. This was a very special project as it encouraged more people to showcase acts of kindness and in whatever small way, make a difference in someone’s life.
Our frontline workers are definitely heroes who don’t wear capes. They’ve risen to the occasion and shedded blood, sweat and tears to ensure the stability and safety of our nation amidst the pandemic. From the 23rd to the 30th of September, these frontline heroes were honoured as their stories were shared to inspire hundreds of others, and pay a tribute to their immense hard work.
Actions for the above mentioned initiatives were collected from children as well as from adults. People from all 25 districts contributed to the success of Global week. 549,890 trees were planted, 202,280 people took action to reduce plastic waste, 91,400 people strived to change a life and 244 frontline stories were shared to make a difference.
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உலகை மாற்ற ஒன்றிணைவோம், ரெய்ணியுடன்
Front Line Heroes
Dr. Shehani Wijesinghe
“A lot of healthcare workers have that constant fear that we would take this virus back home to our loved ones and our families and I guess, we intentionally isolate ourselves, so we have to go through this pandemic without our loved ones by our side…”
Dr. Samantha Liyanage
දුරස්ථ බව තියාගන්න! මුඛ ආවරණ පළදින්න! නිතර නිතර දෑත් සෝදමින් කොරෝන වසංගතයෙන් ආරක්ෂා වෙන්න - වෛද්ය සමන්ත ලියනගේ -
"It’s heartbreaking to see how patients are fighting to breathe." - Prabadi Gamarachchi -
Nurse Omalka Dulanjalee
“අපි කොවීඩ් රෝගීන් වෙනුවෙන් අපේ ජීවිත ගැනවත් නොහිතාලා කැප වෙලා වැඩ කරනවා. අපේ ආදරණියන්ගෙන් වෙන් වෙලා… ගොඩක් අයට අන්තිමට “අනේ මිස් හුස්ම ගන්න අමාරැයි කියලා කෑගහලා කියනවා… අපි පුළුවන් තරම් රෝ ගීන් වෙනුවෙන් වැඩ කරනවා…” - හෙද නිලධාරිනි ඔමල්කා දුලාන්ජලී -
“One of the main challenges I face is that, I’m the first contact doctor and I’m actually at a higher risk than everyone else…” - Dr. Puvi -
Ms. Ishani Gamlath (Nurse)
“ඔබේ ආරකෂාව සලසා ගැනීම කල හැක්කේ ඔබට පමණි…” - හෙද නිලධාරිනි ඉෂානි ගම්ලත්
Dr. Gimhani Palliyaguru
“As a healthcare worker, I myself have witnessed so many challenging patients, fighting for life, simply to say ; mainly difficulty in breathing as this virus predominantly attacks the lungs. So I would like to highlight that prevention is always better than cure…” - Dr. Gimhani Palliyaguru-
Ms. Kumudini Maithripala
“පසු ගිය කොවිඩ් වසංගතය නිසා අපට බොහෝ අභියෝග වලට මුහුණ දෙන්න වුනා. අපිට රෝගීන් රදව ගන්න ස්ථාන තිබ්බෙ නැහැ…” - හෙද නිලධාරී කුමුදිනි මෛත්රීපාල -
Dr. Sandaruwan Kankanamge
“Don't go outside without a reason, ALWAYS wear your mask, use sanitizers and wash your hands, keep your distance with the others and stay safe while keeping your loved ones safe…” - Dr. Sandaruwan Kankanamge-
Ms. Deepani Kannangara (Sister)
”ඔබේ ආරකෂාව මෙන්ම ඔබ නිවැසියන්ගේ ආරකෂාවද රැකෙන පරිදි නිවසේම රැදී සිටින ලෙසත් කොවිඞ් මර්දනයට රටේ පනවා ඇති නීති රීති වලට අනුගතව කටයුතු කිරීම ඔබ සතු වගකීමක් ලෙස තරයේ ඔබ සිතට ගත යුතුයි…” - මහජන සෞඛ්ය හෙද සොහොයුරිය -
Dr. Sujatha Gunawardana
“Continued therapy program is a must to bring them towards normal and later independent day-to-day living but a challenge came on this, when the pandemic broke out and physical therapy sessions were forced to stop but still these needy kids needed treatment” -Dr. Sujatha Gunawardana-
”අපි මුල් අවස්ථාවේ ඉටි කොළ වලින්, කසල මලු වලින් (Garbage bags) ඇදුම් හදා ගත්තා. ඊට අමතරව අපි ලොකු වතුර බෝතල් කපා ගෙන අපි අපේම face shields (මුහුණ ආවරණ) හදා ගත්තා…” - අමරසිංහ මහත්මයා -
Mr. Wijesinghe (OIC)
"කොවිඩ් 19 ආරම්භයේ සිටම අපි අභියෝග විශාල ප්රමාණයකට මුහුණ දුන්නා.. මොකද මහජනයා එක්ක කටයුතු කරන අපිට මහජනයා අතරට නොයා බෑ..." - කේ.එම්.ඒ. විජේසිංහ මහතා-
During the 2021 Global Week to #Act4SDGs, the UN SDG Action Campaign together with nine convening partners, almost doubled the mobilization numbers compared to the previous year, with a larger geographical spread and more organizations joining.
Sri Lanka has reached the overall highest number of users in social media and hashtag performance! The Road to Rights Organization has been recognized as the second top engaging partner next to Mexico in the Global Arena!