The Danish Villa is one
of the few houses untouched by the Tsunami. But very unfortunately most of the people in the Bay are very effected, and most of
the houses are severely damaged. Help is needed and various
organisations are doing their best to bring back livelihood to the people.
Even though things are happening slowly, small restaurants and shops are
almost back in the same number as before. Most Hotels are back in business
in a smaller scale, ready for the season. The ones suffering most is the
people in the refugee camps and the people living in temporary shelters on
the beachside within the buffer zone (200 meters from the coast line).
Most people who lost their property do not have the founds to
rebuild their houses or they are not allowed to rebuild, because of new
government regulations. This situation is very frustrating but hopefully
this will be clarified in the near future.
Some of the children in the camps.
|We arrived to Arugam Bay the 5th of January and started right
away to help cleaning up in the area and to clean up approximately 200
wells in the northern part of the bay.
got a lot of support from various private people and organisations,
Red Cross, Mr. Asoka from Kandy, BWSC, Mercy Corp and Mr.
Jannik from PalŠ Bar, Copenhagen helped
with submersible pumps, kerosene pumps and generators.
Jannik from PalŠ Bar, Copenhagen supported with more than 300
emergency packages, arranged 35 workers and 9000 bottles
from Lion/Carlsberg Brewery which was distributed in various
refuge camps .
Adra Canada supported with more than 1000 water
containers and 300 mosquito nets.
||The various projects (well cleaning, land clean up, water filtration
plant, distribution of emergency aid, donations, loans, temporary
latrines and electrical installations) was financed by The Danish
Villa, family, friends, Travellers
Guild Denmark http://www.berejst.dk/,
and Mr. Jannik from PalŠ Bar, Copenhagen and more.....