Initially, one of our primary objectives was to assist in the rebuilding of homes. During the first months after the tsunami, the government imposed a moratorium on construction until they could develop a full scale plan. In the East, many refugee camps were established in schools. As such, even those who were not directly hurt by the waves were still affected as they could not attend school.
The governor of that region saw us working and playing at a refugee camp one morning and asked if we could take on construction projects to quickly move families out of the school camps. We were thrilled to accept the challenge. We went to work immediately re-building homes that were not completely destroyed, re-construction of some that were, and building many “provisional” homes where a permanent structure was not possible. We prioritized our projects, thus the elderly, sick or pregnant women were given first consideration. When the international organizations finally let loose with full-scale reconstruction, Sri Lankan Help had already left a permanent mark in the East.
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