On December 26, 2004, tsunami swept Mirissa, a village on the southern coast of Sri Lanka.
Boudik mom tells her baby Emilia- “at the same time in a staircase, Bill grabbed the hand of someone being taken away, who caught another hand grabbed another hand. It is this chain of hands that we must continue.”
Our association was born from these lifesaving and those hands which are always there to hug. It is the way of a very simple goal: direct aid to those who have been victims of a natural disaster of global dimension which reminded us of the fragility of our humanity.
In front of such power of death and devastation, one can get up the strength of a multitude of UN cooperation into a bundle of shares, real brotherhood. Mirissa For Life is not anything but a fragment of this multitude. Our association was born spontaneously reaction to all suffering and left gaping wounds after the passage of the wave.
At first, we made victims emergency aid, distributing essential goods. The homeless and the victims were numerous indeed. The urgency was to give them the means to live honorably, with dignity, in a minimum material conditions found. After this first step, our march was launched. We could that acting, going further, the gateway to the suffering of the inhabitants of this village in Sri Lanka, we could not turn your back.
So, we wanted to support this population to participate in the material and moral reconstruction of the village of Mirissa.
To date, we have assisted more than 700 families.
The shares have followed, experiences, combined with the smiles of the families encountered and which we have modestly inclined to help.
In early 2006, international aid have made many more for the victims of the Tsunami. This evolving situation has caused an evolution of our action, an adaptation to this new context by defining new directions.
Thus, we decided to redeploy our efforts in favor of the poorest populations of Mirissa, located mainly in the neighborhoods of Bandaramulla and Thalaramba and answer an obvious imbalance.
Indeed, these areas have not been, by their elevated location, affected by the disaster in December 2004 found themselves completely abandoned by international aid and received no support creating significant disparities within the village population.
Many families live there in terrible conditions, without water, electricity or sanitation, often in homes of wood or very cramped ground.
Today, for themselves and through the support of volunteers and supporters we continue our journey and welcome that come to us to give them a listen and support.