Tsunami Volunteer Reconstruction Project

fisherman home

Program: Volunteer Sri Lanka
Projects: Tsunami Reconstruction
Start dates: Please see trip dates
Departure and End Point: Colombo International Airport , Colombo
Language Need: N/A
Accommodation and meals: Host family or hostel and local meals three times a day
Working hours: 25-35 hours per week
Note: Works are physically demanding

Global Crossroad's Tsunami Reconstruction Project focuses on the poorest society in Sri Lanka - the fishermen - by rebuilding and renovating homes that were destroyed or damaged by December 26 tsunami. Volunteers will have the opportunity to give hope to these needy families by working in the villages of Dadalla, Mahamodera, and Pettigalawatta. Among the most destitute in Sri Lanka , fishermen and their families live along the coastline and earn their living by fishing in the Indian Ocean . Unfortunately, the destructive December 26 tsunami swept away their dreams and brought unbearable pain and suffering to countless families along the coast. Many lost their family members. Most of the fathers and young sons who had gone fishing early that December morning never returned home.

Those who survived lost their homes, their belongings, and even the fishing equipment that they used to earn their modest income. One fishing catamaran made of fiberglass costs about $500-an amount that is far beyond the earning potential of the average fisherman. Weeks and months after the Asian tsunami hit their homes and livelihoods, thousands of families along the coast are still pleading for help and support. By joining Global Crossroad's Tsunami Reconstruction Project, you will have a direct opportunity to share your compassion and hard work, giving hope to so many suffering families along Sri Lanka 's devastated coastline.