Tsunami Files

Tsunami Files #18: A Garden in the Sand

Asia Pacific Stories, Ecological Justice, Food Security Stories, Tsunami Files, Uncategorized, Women Stories

The 2004 tsunami had long-term effects on the land around the village of Periathazhai, India. All the soil was washed away and the ground water […]

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Tsunami Files #17: Taking their First Vacation

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, Tsunami Files
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The women of the PWRDF-supported business group in Patchiapuram, India got to take their first ever vacation paid for entirely by themselves.  They used some […]

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Tsunami Files #16: Cooperative Business

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, Sri Lanka, Tsunami Files
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After the tsunami destroyed their livelihoods, women living near and in Matara, Sri Lanka turned to Savisthri- a PWRDF partner- for help in rebuilding their […]

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Tsunami Files #15: The Good of the Many

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, Tsunami Files

Each month, the thirty women who are members of Dirimath, a “small society” created to help the women improve their economic and social states, gather […]

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Tsunami Files #14: A Leg Up

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, Refugees and Migrants Stories, Sri Lanka, Tsunami Files
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Rasaniah Velluphillai proudly pointed at the members of her family who were building a new wall on their home.  “We are expanding from our earnings […]

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Tsunami Files #13: Rising Above Caste

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, Refugees and Migrants Stories, Sri Lanka, Tsunami Files, Women Stories
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Diviabarity looks like many other teenagers- bright, curious, engaged with her friends and her studies. Diviabarity is a Dalit, known traditionally in the Indian scheduled […]

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Tsunami Files #12: The Power of Self-Help Groups

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, Sri Lanka, Tsunami Files
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That small room at the top of a steep external flight of stairs is where I met Princy, the computer instructor hosted a second gathering […]

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Tsunami Files #11: Rebuilding her Life

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, Sri Lanka, Tsunami Files
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Lalitha DeSilva lost her home, her livelihood, and her husband in the December 26, 2004 tsunami.  She and her six children were forced to live […]

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Tsunami Files #10: Skills for a Lifetime

Emergency Response Stories, Featured, Tsunami Files
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Amali is one of ten young women, all refugees, who were students at the Batik Centre funded by PWRDF partner the Organization for Eelam Refugee […]

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Tsunami Files #9: Giving Back

Asia Pacific Stories, Emergency Response Stories, Featured, Sri Lanka, Tsunami Files
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When I visited the community of Vembar (South), the first stop was a small room at the top of a steep external staircase.  I was […]

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