03 May KAPA – Rotaract Club of Katugastota Region
KAPA is a project by the Rotaract Club of Katugastota Region
We sought professional assistance from Prof. O. AIlleperuma (Professor of Inorganic Chemistry University of Peradeniya), Dr. DushyanthaMadagedara (Consultant Respiratory Physician) and Mr. SenarathBasnayaka and relied on their credible information and mentorship throughout the project.
We have completed three phases to date and are currently working on the 4th phase. The first phase was a traditional Poster and Leaflet campaign covering the city limits of Kandy area. We reached out to people and engaged in one-to-one conversations. This was concluded on the 18th of February 2018.
For the 2nd phase, we choose the internet as a platform to spread the message across more widely. We created a Facebook page on Kandy Air Pollution Awareness and used digital posters, along with two important milestones. One was a short movie and the other was a song composed and produced by us. Both managed to garner a lot of attention across many social media platforms.
The 3rd and by far the most important phase of this project was the KAPA FORUM. Here, the general public was given a chance to engage with us, the professionals such as the Police, Health Directors, Public speakers and Leading Professors.
Held on the 28th of November 2018 at the ICBT Kandy Campus Auditorium, this phase consisted of two sessions. The session 1 was a series of lectures and talks delivered by people who are currently engaged in various air pollution related researches. All schools in the Kandy district were invited to this session and both the students and teachers were able to interact with the doctors and professors. The Students were also given questionnaires to answer and all schools were provided with plants as tokens of appreciation.