Tsunami in South India, 2004
On Boxing Day, December 26, in 2004, a massive undersea earthquake in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Indonesia caused a devastating tsunami. The southeastern coast of India was one of the areas struck by the tsunami, where more than 10,000 people (besides Andaman and Nicobar Islands) were killed and over 300,000 people directly affected, especially in coastal Tamil Nadu.
HOPE foundation volunteers arrived in coastal Tamil Nadu with relief a day later, on December 27.
- Distribution of food packets and sleeping mats, bed sheets, rice and other essential items
- Medical camps dispensing medicines and treating the injured.
- Helping clear the coast of the debris brought in by the tsunami .
- Helping bury the dead and counseling the living.
- A program in collaboration with IMGE, called ‘Save the Family’, under which 120 boats and fishing nets were distributed to fishermen who had lost theirs in the tsunami; life starter kits were given to families who had lost everything in the tsunami.
- Long-term programs in education, vocational training (in collaboration with Manpower Inc. USA) and microfinance in Pudupattinam and in Tharangambadi, Nagapattinam district which witnessed three-quarters of the fatalities in Tamil Nadu; the two Centers of HOPE in Nagapattinam and Pudupattinam together benefit nearly 2,000 members of the fishing communities in these areas:
a. Our schools in Nagapattinam and Pudupattinam
b. Our vocational training centers in Nagapattinam
c. Our microfinance programs in Nagapattinam and Pudupattinam