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[27 Mar 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
The Bitter Truth

This week I was stunned to find out that over the past year 5 female tourists had been  sexually assaulted by a local bar owner and his staff in Tangalle, Southern Sri Lanka, but no arrests had been made related to the attacks. Far worse is that the women had been reduced to writing out their horrific ordeals in detail on a popular travellers’ website to seek justice and warn others, “Please tell me where …

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[24 Mar 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty second’s worth of distance run
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
(Extract from ‘IF’ – Rudyard Kipling)
 So the inter school cricket season has kicked off in Colombo. It is a month long series of school (grudge) matches always played between the same boys’ schools each year with the oldest match known best as “The Big …

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[19 Mar 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day 2014 – The Elephant in the Room

 This year Grassrooted’s V Day production focuses on a section of women and girls in Sri Lanka, and the physical and emotional violence they face. The original scripts are based on our work with them. Violence faced by women and girls is ignored in most countries and we’re no different. Those who survive violence are often re-victimized by those they reach out to, and we’re not talking just about law enforcement. We’re quick to judge …

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[24 Feb 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Make some noise!!! – By Salome De Silva

Those who sell sex, those who use drugs, those who identify as transgender and those living with HIV. Marginalized. Misunderstood. Subject to violence. Outcast. Voiceless. 

The Grassrooted trust exists to change the above climate. Its purpose; to empower these communities through economic sustainability, to educate and change misunderstood perceptions, and to make some noise!!!
The 20th of February was a special day. A noisy day. Young models including those living with HIV and those who identify as …

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[22 Feb 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Grassrooted Clothing Launch – Press Release

On 20th February at the Good Market on Thursdays at Diya wannawa The Grassrooted Trust launched their Clothing Range that includes men’s, women’s and unisex t-shirts & vests.

“This clothing range, which uses iconic Sri Lankan images is set to take Sri Lanka by storm, and also has the potential to be part of our burgeoning export market.” Damitha Perera, Buyer from London, on sabbatical, volunteering with the Grassrooted Trust.
Young models including those living with HIV …