Through the Eastern Eyes IX: Kaluwankerny
The youth of Kaluwankerny 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 Kaluwankerny were displayed at today’s exhibition. The have highlighted the need to upgrade the basic infrastructure for Kaluwankerny. The photo voice team of Kaluwankerny has members from Tamil community.Photo Exhibition by the youth from Kaluwankerny was held on April 30th 2010 at the Children’s Activity Centre, which was organized by Terre des homes.
Kaluwankerny which is situated in Batticaloa district between Vanthaarumoolai and Thalavaai. It has a total population of 2,123 people (568 families). There are 1,016 males and 1,107 females currently live in Kaluwankerny according to the Grama Sevaka official. Most of the men are farmers and fishermen.
Welcome banner at the main entrance
Kaluwankerny Photo Voice Tea
Map of Kaluwankerny
The first school was started by the Methodist Mission in 1820 in Kaluwankerny
Colourful badge made by the photo voice team
A photo voice team member welcomes an invitee by pinning a badge
Kaluwankerny was affected by natural disasters such as floods in 1957 and cyclone in 1978
It is believed that the name “Kaluwankerny” was derived from a native leader called “Kaluwan” came and settle in the area
Stakeholders in Kaluwankerny
Cameras used during the training are on display at the exhibition
Clicking the moments on a mobile
Dance by the little girls adds colour to the exhibition