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Aktie Tsunami slachtoffers vissersdorpen

28-2-2005. Ook een beetje vooruitlopend op de akties hebben we vorige week de eerste 3.900,= Euro overgemaakt voor de reparatie van een vissersboot, nieuwe netten, een nieuwe buitenboord motor en voor een nieuw kinderdagverblijf.

Aruna en Raghavan zijn de oprichters van een van de scholen die wij ondersteunen. De school zelf ligt vele kilometers van de kust en is dus niet door de tsunami aangetast. Aruna enRaghavan zijn direct naar het rampgebied vertrokken en zijn bezig hulp te bieden. Hieronder kun je hun bevindingen lezen. De vissersdorpen waar zij werken kun je actief steunen:
- als je wierook via de wierook webwinkel bestelt, gaat 30% van het bedrag naar deze vissersdorpen;
- je kunt van ons gratis probeerpakjes en wierookhouders krijgen en die verkopen; het bedrag van je verkopen sturen we dan naar de vissersdorpen (via Aruna en Raghavan).

Je begrijpt dat deze bedragen rechtstreeks en volledig naar de vissersdorpen zullen gaan; er zal geen geld verloren gaan aan organisatie en dergelijke.

De volgende winkels doen mee aan deze aktie:

Alblasserdam: Wereldwinkel
Almere: Floorhouse
Alkmaar: De Natuurwinkel
Amersfoort: Erica
Amersfoort: Natuurwinkel
Amersfoort: Wereldwinkel (onder voorbehoud bestuur)
Amsterdam: Drogisterij Rob van Gelder
Amsterdam: Natuurwinkel Aalsmeerweg
Amsterdam: Spax Gezondheidswinkel (voorheen Weijers)
Barendrecht: Wereldwinkel
Bolsward: Wereldwinkel
Den Haag: De Kristallen Bol
Den Haag: Zonnestraal
Deventer: Kruidnagel
Drachten: Ref Spoelstra
Drachten: Rienstra
Elburg: Wereldwinkel
Goirle: Wereldwinkel
Goor: Wereldwinkel
Gouda: Chakra
Gouda: Wereldwinkel
Grave: Wereldwinkel
's Gravenzande: Wereldwinkel
Groningen: Fair Trade
Groningen: Yantra
Haarlem: Ananda
Haarlem: Green en Health
Harlingen: Wereldwinkel
't Harde: Wereldwinkel
Heemskerk: Wereldwinkel
Heemstede: Kiebert
Heerenveen: Wereldwinkel
Heerhugowaard: Columbus
Hellevoetsluis: Friends of the Earth
Helvoirt: Wereldwinkel
H.I. Ambacht: Rembrandt
Krimpen a/d IJssel: Libra
Krommenie: Galerie "Het Pendeltje"
Landsmeer: Wereldwinkel
Leeuwarden: Wereldwinkel
Lemmer: Wereldwinkel
Leusden: Wereldwinkel (onder voorbehoud bestuur)
Lisse: Hoorn van Lisse
Medemblik: Wereldwinkel
Nijkerk: Wereldwinkel
Nijverdal: Wereldwinkel
Noordwijk aan Zee: Pelangi New Age
Nunspeet: Tormentilla
Nunspeet: Wereldwinkel
Oud-Beijerland: Wereldwinkel
Purmerend: Nieuwe Tijd
Rotterdam: Himalaya
Rotterdam: Wereldwinkel Alexanderpolder
Sassenheim: Wereldwinkel
Schiedam: Chakra
Schiedam: Kruidendrogist Bergsen
Schoonhoven: Wereldwinkel
Sneek: Wereldwinkel
Stedebroec: Wereldwinkel
Sneek: Drogist-reform De Vries
Twello: Wereldwinkel
Utrecht: Erica
Volendam: Boer
Voorburg: Waag
Woerden: Wereldwinkel
Zaandam: De Gang

Voor de volledig adressen zie: 'adressen winkels'

Visit Report Nagapattinam


Nagapattinam is situated 84 kilometres south of Tanjore in Tamil Nadu, India ; about 325 kms south of Chennai.

First Notes:

We have been visiting several of the affected areas in the Nagapattinam, Vedaranyam coastal districts.

On 26th December 2004, the tsunami struck these coastal villages; below are some of the stories by those who were there when it struck them

We did not go to too many spots but restricted to a few and spoke to people in detail only at two of the villages. One was Kallar village about 8 kilometres (kms) from the town of Nagapattinam and the other was Vela_pallam about 33 kms from Nagapattinam. The sights were devastating. Houses scattered, filled with sand; thatched houses swept away; bodies recovered from so many spots that people just started burying them where they found them. The major portion of the damage seems to be within a distance of 0.5 kms from the sea although in some places the water has travelled for about 1 km. The first row of houses invariably belonged to the fishing community so they appear to be the ones most affected. We spent time speaking to some of them fisher folk.

What they spoke is briefly recounted:

* It was like the sound of a motor boat coming in. I came out to see and I was swept off and so was my house; I am not sure how I am alive today but there is not even an impression of my house.

* I was standing on the beach with my wife and two children when a wall of water moved towards us at high speed. We ran but it was soon clear that we cannot escape it and that is when I lost my head and ran very fast and the children and my wife were lost. I do not know whether they are alive yet.

* When the waves receded I was still stranded in the sand and I could see that my brother's house had completely vanished with his whole family which was inside it at the time when the water hit us. The only thing I am thankful about is that the children were not orphaned.

* The first wall of water 5 meters high rushed in and we rushed into our building. The water filled the ground floor fully and a few moments later rushed out at the same speed with which it came in. Our children were playing out in the sand on the Sunday morning and we rushed around looking for them when another wall of water came in. The water came in three times like this and each time it took away more of us. We are alive but we have lost so much of our family.

* We have buried more than 180 bodies all over the village. We are now afraid to live here. We want to be at least one km away from the sea to feel able to live again.

* This is like a rebirth for us. If we have been spared, it is like a fresh lease of life.

* We were by no means poor; we were in fact quite happy, the sea has given us so much; but she took it all back in a few minutes - things which she had given us over generations.

* Everything we owned was in our houses or our boats. We never had use for banks. Today we are penniless. Not one thing left. I have to ask for money to have a paan (it is three days and he has not had it - he otherwise had it 6 times a day)

* We have lived for generations with the sea. We have never known such a calamity and we are now afraid of the same sea where we have, without a care, lolled for hours on end.


* They have completely lost all their assets which they have always kept in their houses be it money, jewels, clothes. Little if anything at all was recovered.

* Their boats which were moored in their neighbourhood have been dashed; the motors completely submerged in water and sand; their nets torn away.

* They are a fiercely independent people. The moment they are married they set up a separate house and each house fends for itself. Sharing of resources except under specific panchayat requisitioning is foreign to them.

* A boat easily costs two hundred and fifty thousand rupees (that translates to 4200 Euro). If they have to start working for their living they need that boat. They have never felt the need to know other vocations and most are illiterate.

* Their houses have been completely demolished. The government has set up facilities to sweep away what is left. (They do not wish to see those places again)

* They are afraid to set up houses where they lived before and would like to be rehabilitated at least one km away from there. (They can see houses one km away being quite intact).

* A flood of people have rushed to Tiruvarur, the town about 24 kms from Nagapattinam.

* There were and still are some fears of epidemic, but this seems to be largely theoretical at the moment; there are no signs of any such situation yet.

Relief so far:

* Several local NGOs and the local people rushed to assist in all the ways they could. Food, clothes, utensils, medicines, visiting doctors....

* Quite a few organisations, Seva Bharati to name one, began rescue and body clearance operations.

* The villagers themselves got on to rescue and body clearing operations

* Masses of people from all over Tamil Nadu rushed with food, clothes, milk, biscuits, bread, medicines, mats, utensils and other supplies

* International organisations like Red Cross stepped in on day 3

* Several organisations began registration process and supplying based on such lists.

* Government machinery stepped in with some supplies, teams for data collation. Their presence was not felt in the relief operations.

* On day 6, the ineffectiveness of government machinery was so condemned that they felt obliged to restrain NGOs and others from working by forcing them to route everything through government channels. This was done in the name of duplication by organisations in supplies and chaos during such distribution.

Current Status as on Sunday the 2nd of January 2005:

* Food supplies are more than adequate with various camps. But due to government regulations things have slowed down in terms of actual availability in time.

* The government has promised about Rs.5000/-, but the people are sceptical as to when and how much will reach them. Of this Rs.2000/- has been identified as being towards shelter.

* Some international organisations have announced their willingness to adopt certain villages.

The need ahead:

(We have spoken only to the fishing community and our notes cover only their perspectives)

* There is a need to restore their livelihood capacities.

* There is a need for housing as their houses have been completely destroyed and they would soon have to move away from the camps they have been temporarily slated in. These may be required in two stages - temporary huts and the like and then a more permanent housing solution.

* There is a need for restoring school buildings and school utilities.

* The children would need to go back to school and freshly supplied with uniform, text-books and notebooks.

* Health care centres have been affected and these require restoration.

Costs being aired: Per village


Cost Per Unit

Units Required


Indicate Interest/

Amount that you

possible from you










80 kgs @ Rs.250/- per kg







Living Quarters

Temporary Huts

Rs. 3000/-



Good living Huts

Rs. 15000/-



RC Construction





School Block

2500 sqft @ 350/- per sqft


Health Care Block

2500 sqft @ 350/- per sqft


Toilet Blocks*

1 Euro is Rs 60

* There are about 1000 people in Kallar village and 1200 in Vela_pallam village. Figures for this population may be better obtained from specialists in this area of construction which we are looking at and shall convey as soon as we get specific information

* It may be possible to look at the option of some repayment - if given as non-interest bearing loan.

* Please indicate how you view this (specific remarks welcome) and what part you would like to be involved in / contribute towards.

* We would be happy to be involved in anchoring such program(s) from our end and see it to its logical conclusion.

We would like to be involved in the programmes in the two villages where we have been spending time and talking to people. We've worked in a small way - speaking to them, listening to their tales of woe with a sympathetic ear, offering simple solutions as was immediately within our means include food/milk/provision, medicines, installing some water tanks, hurricane lamps (it is going take some time before electricity can be reinstated) at their specific request.

We are not sure on what resources we can mobilise and hence what line of action would be possible by us. It is only when we receive specific responses that we would be able to compile the availability of resources and therefore the possible areas of spending and action.

We await your response.

Raghavan and Aruna

Het laatste nieuws van Aruna en Raghavan, 10 januari 2005

Second note on specific requirements

The limited things that we are involved are in for the moment are:

  1. Providing motors for their fiber boats.

The villagers had more than 3 trawlers, 156 boats and 36 catamarams. They have recovered about 86 of them and are in the process of finding others. We proposed that we would repair 10 boats, so that..... There was an instant uproar. A violent protest that such a suggestion was ridiculous; who would get the ten boats? We were quite shocked. But that was before we began to know them better. They had earlier estimated that they would need about Rs.100,000/- (Euro 1700) per boat comprised of:

Rs. 20,000/- being cost of repairs to the boat

Rs. 40,000/- being the cost of a new motor

Rs. 60,000/- being cost of at least 3 to 4 nets that they immediately require.

We therefore thought it was within a logical possibility that we could find Rs.1,000,000/- in this regard.

As the suggestion was vetoed outright we asked them to make a counter offer. Their offer was made after half a hour of loud discussions amongst themselves.

The asked us whether we would be ready to fit motors to 50 boats if they got the boats ready in every other way.y

The cost being about Rs.36,500/- to Rs.40,000/- and with the distinct possibility that the government would announce the reinstatement of the subsidy scheme and it would amount to Rs.18,500/- to Rs.20,000/-;

which would bring the figure to Rs.1,000,000/-. (Euro 17.000,=)

If a subsidy of Rs.10,000/- is offered which was the scheme until a few years ago the requirement would be about Rs.1,300,000/- to Rs.1,500,000/-

An approximation therefore would be 50 * 36500 --- say 1,000,000 to 1,825,000

  1. Providing household utensils.

They have from various sources received a few utensils. But mostly it has been what people have given without enough look-see into what they use on a day to day basis. So we went into great details with the women folk and here is a list of things that they say they need, along with tentative costs for the same. There is some confusion about the actual number of families as we have three different statistics from three sources; we are however, making all efforts to zoom in with better accuracy. But, it is sufficient for generalisation purposes that the village has just less than 400 families.

2.5 kg rice cooking vessel + cover

deep vessel for kozhambu (sambhar) + cover

bowl for morning porridge (that they eat every working day)

ladles for above

2 nos. 'anna kudai' + cover (a form of multipurpose storage containers water)

buckets for water with cover

We found that the above in aluminum weigh 2.5 to 3.156 kgs depending upon the thickness of the vessels. They are quoting about Rs.130/- per kg.

An approximation therefore would be 400 * 3 *130 --- say 160,000 (Euro 2700,=).

Also when they begin to go out to sea for their fishing activity they require to have the following: ( persons go four at a time for about two to three days at a time)

30 ltrs water can

30 ltrs diesel can

3 kgs cooked rice Tiffin box

2 kgs uncooked rice holder (storage)

2 kgs curry box

4 kgs storage tank



We have not obtained estimates for these yet, not being sure of what funds we can garner. But we would like to cover this area.

  1. Creating of an Activity Centre for the children

We began going to the affected areas with children being our primary concern. That we got carried away can only be blamed on a 'tsunami effect'. We were overwhelmed by the horrifying spectacle of destruction and hence felt that we need to do much more than only worry about child welfare.

However, it continues to remain a major concern for us and in this context we thought we would love to create an activity centre for the children at that village

We have not worked out the details yet but we imagine the building may be about Rs.80000/- ( Euro 1350,=) and the items in it to begin with would be worth Rs.50,000/- ( Euro 850,=).

  1. Miscellaneous items:

The village had its own football, volley ball and kabaddi team. A few had their blazers on at the time of the tsunami strike and hence we happened to see them. It was indeed an eye-opener to the social structure of the village. They were progressive enough to have t-shirts with their team emblazoned. We just bought them a foot-ball and I was temporarily their hero. The team stood in a line and thanked us profusely. They had salvaged one ball but it was an old one!

We would love some allocation towards these kind of things.

We hope this is a detailed request and you would be able to respond more specifically as I need to know before I make commitments as such. This letter is as much a note to understand the fisher folk life style and their way of thinking, as an appeal. Please feel free to ask new questions if any.

Please send your contributions to us by Cheque favouring "Anugriha Charitable Trust".

Our postal address is

II/197, Anugriha , Arasavanangkadu, Tiruvarur District, Tamil Nadu, India 612 603


One could make the contribution by depositing a cheque into a local ICICI bank to the credit of "Anugriha Charitable Trust". The account number is 609401013524 of Nagapattinam Branch

Warm regards

Raghavan and Aruna

Photos of the destruction along Pondicherry and Nagapatinam coastal areas on December 26, 2004.

Coastal area of Pondicherry December 26, 2004.

Coastal area of Nagapatinam December 26, 2004.