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Tsunami Relief

On the 26th December 2004 coastal areas of India were hit by the tsunami that devastated many countries in the region.

Two of the worst affected areas on the Indian mainland were Nagappatinam and Vailankani in Tamil Nadu.  The loss of life and damage to property was immense; thousands of people were killed and countless families left destitute.  MASARD was one NGO to provide emergency assistance in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami helping to save lives and provide relief to survivors.  MASARD provided relief with food, clothing, emergency medical assistance etc. 

MASARD continues to work in the affected areas, helping families to rebuild their lives.  In these areas, many families relied upon fishing for their livelihood only to see their fishing boats and nets destroyed by the tsunami.  MASARD has been helping these families rebuild their businesses by providing fishing boats, catamarans and vending carts and assisting in the reconstruction of houses.

Asha Kiran Orphanage

As in all such tragedies, children are the worst sufferers.  Many children in tsunami-affected areas were left orphaned or destitute.  MASARD has been able to help these children by providing food, accommodation and emergency care in a rented house in Vailankani (Nagappatinam Dt.).  However, this is only a temporary arrangement.  Once permanent housing has been organised by the government some children will go back to their families to be cared for by relatives.  MASARD hopes to shift the remaining children without relatives to care for them to Ashanilaya orphanage in Bangalore .

In order to do this, MASARD is seeking assistance to expand the premises at Ashanilaya to accommodate 50 children.