Through the Eastern Eyes VII:Poonochchimunai
The youth of Poonochchimunai have taken a new turn in their lives today. They have had their maiden photo exhibition in their village. The 12 member Photo Voice team has undergone a professional training in Photo Journalism for one year, which was provided by Terre des hommes. The youth were trained professionally to handle still cameras, light, angles, composition, capture various moments, write caption and make a photo journal. Five villages from Batticaloa district and five villages from Ampara district were chosen and the youth were trained. The villages are namely Kalkuda, Kaluwankerny, Paalaiyadiththoona, Poonochchimunai and Puthukkudiyiruppu from Batticaloa district Kaaraitheevu, Ninthavur, Oluvil, Periyaneelaavanai and Saainthamruthu from Ampara district.
The photos taken by the youth in Poonochchimunai were displayed at today’s exhibition. The have highlighted the need to upgrade the basic infrastructure for Poonochchimunai and self-employed women in the village. The photo voice team of Poonochchimunai has members from Muslim community. Photo Exhibition by the youth from Poonochchimunai was held on April 28th 2010 at the Early Childhood Children’s Play Activity Centre, which was organized by Terre des homes.
Poonochchimunai which is situated in Batticaloa district between Navatkuda and Kaathaankudy. It has a total population of 450 people (130 families). There are 155 males and 196 females currently live in Poonochchimunai according to the Grama Sevaka official. Most of the men are fishermen and some work as day labourers.
At the main entrance
Poonochchimunai photo Voice Team
Poonochcimunai has been in existence since 1850 according to historical documents
A kid is attracted by another camera which is focused on him
Women make handicraft in this village
Map of Poonochchimunai
Tidal wave named Tsunami hit this village in 2004
The first school was started in 1975
Stakeholders in Poonochchimunai
This small village was destroyed by the cyclone in 1978
A member of the Photo Voice Team is seen capturing the moments of their exhibition
Children are seen taking a closer look at the photos on display