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Upali Magedaragamage

"To protect, promote and uphold democracy and good governance"

Maharagama, AA, Sri Lanka
female, age 73
married, 3 children
Speaks: English, Sinhalese and little Tamil
Joined Jul 21, 2010

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I am a rural sociologist, working as an NGO activist since 1977. Instrumental in initiating National Development Foundation an NGO which facilitated organising and mobilising people's organisations to renovate ancient minor irrigation reservoirs in the dry zone of Sri Lanka for cultivation and ecological enhancement. An action research practitioner and a PRA follower who believe empowering people, especially women, for democratic good governance. Served as an exco member of the Asian Cultural Forum on Development (ACFOD), which was having consultative status with FAO, ECOSOC and UNICEF, and was elected as the Coordinator of ACFOD in 1998 and was based in Bangkok. Have worked with hundreds of NGOs and was the founder Secretary of the National NGO Council of Sri Lanka. At present active in sharing social, economic, political, cultural development and environmental information through Asian Network for Culture and Development which was founded for the purpose. A facilitator in institutional capacity building and HRD. 

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Hometown Maharagama, Sri Lanka 
Birthday April 02, 1946  
About Me A simple man who tries to follow the path shown by the Buddha, the awakened one who said, "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. " Try my best to "Rely not on the teacher/person, but on the teaching. Rely not on the words of the teaching, but on the spirit of the words. Rely not on theory, but on experience. Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." As preached by the Buddha.
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Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Wild Fact About Me Travelling on new paths to discover
My Philosophy Simplicity
What Gives Me Hope People, especially brave and courageous women and children.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Practice simplicity and stop inappropriate investments, erroneous and improper treatments, and keep away from inequitable consumption.
What/who changed my life and why The Buddha.
Quotation The jungle is a generous being. It provides everything it generates without expecting anything in return. So generous even it gives shade to the axe man who comes to fell it. The Buddha
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