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An update from our Tsunami project in India

Volunteer with Children

"We feel part of the village of Keelamuttom. We live with a family here. We are doing something we know the villagers need and cannot build for themselves yet. It may not be much - on the scale of the tsunami - but it's something and it makes a difference". Projects Abroad volunteer, India

When the tsunami struck, some of us gave money. We all felt sad and helpless. But a group of Projects Abroad volunteers went one big step further. They went to Keelamuttom, a fishing village in the far south of India where 300 people were killed by the wave and where thousands were left homeless.

Volunteer with Children in a Care Centre

Projects Abroad matched these willing volunteers to the needs of local community and came up with the Fishermen's Shelter project. All the shelters on the beach - which provide shade for resting fishermen and roofs for drying and salting - had been destroyed. We are building them again - and helping to restore the fishing industry and one day also the prosperity of Keelamuttom. It is a specific thing that volunteers can do - and it works.

We hope more volunteers will join in our tsunami recovery programmes - in India or Sri Lanka.

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