Von einem Moment zum anderen war nichts mehr wie vorher

Im Dezember 2004 wurden in Südostasien 230.000 Todesopfer durch einen verheerenden Tsunami beklagt. Allein auf Sri Lanka kamen ca. 40.000 Menschen ums Leben. Über 70.000 Häuser wurden von den Wassermassen völlig weggeschwemmt, weitere 35.000 schwer beschädigt. Sri Lanka war somit das am zweitstärksten betroffene Land der Tsunami-Katastrophe.

Wir, Malkanthi und Rajah Wirasekara, mussten durch die Medien erfahren, wie es um unsere alte Heimat stand. Telefonleitungen waren tot, wir konnten nur erahnen, wie es unseren dort lebenden Angehörigen ging. Das Leid berührte nicht nur uns. Zusammen mit deutschen Freunden gründeten wir im Januar 2005 den Förderverein Sahana (singhalesisch für Unterstützung, Fürsorge) mit dem Ziel betroffenen Menschen mit einer Flutopfer- und Wiederaufbauhilfe für Sri Lanka beizustehen.

Die Hilfsmaßnahmen umfassen bis heute ideelle und finanzielle Unterstützung von Opfern der Naturkatastrophe beispielsweise beim erforderlichen Wiederaufbau. Besonders am Anfang ging es um das reine Dach über dem Kopf. Inzwischen fördern wir ebenfalls Bildung, Erziehung und Handwerk.

- Rajah Wirasekara, Vorstandsvorsitzender

DeutschFrom one moment to the other, nothing was the way it used to be

In December 2004 when South East Asia was devastated by the Tsunami, it was clear how quickly things that you took for granted may belong to the past. The total death toll was reported to have risen to 230,000 victims. Sri Lanka alone counted at least 40,000. More than 70,000 houses were demolished and completely washed away by the floods, another 35,000 badly damaged making it the second worst affected country in Asia.   

We, Malkanthi und Rajah Wirasekara, came to know through the media what had happened  in our first homeland. Telephone connections were dead, we could only guess what our family and relatives living over there, were going through. Live media coverage illustrated how fellow-countrymen were suffering.  It was not only we, who were concerned. Together with German friends we founded SAHANA (the Sinhala word for "compassionate help") in January 2005 with the objective of giving targeted help to rehabilitate the displaced victims and to support the process of reconstruction in Sri Lanka.

Our relief efforts encompass non-profitable and charitable objectives ranging from helping the victims of the natural catastrophe as well as supporting the process of reconstruction. In the beginning the priority was housing the victims. In the meantime we are also focusing on other areas of community development such as promoting medical care, education, vocational training and also providing a spiritual haven (Link zum Tempelbau).

- Rajah Wirasekara, Chairman

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From one moment to the other, nothing was the way it used to be

In December 2004 when South East Asia was devastated by the Tsunami, it was clear how quickly things that you took for granted may belong to the past. The total death toll was reported to have risen to 230,000 victims. Sri Lanka alone counted at least 40,000. More than 70,000 houses were demolished and completely washed away by the floods, another 35,000 badly damaged making it the second worst affected country in Asia.   

We, Malkanthi und Rajah Wirasekara, came to know through the media what had happened  in our first homeland. Telephone connections were dead, we could only guess what our family and relatives living over there, were going through. Live media coverage illustrated how fellow-countrymen were suffering.  It was not only we, who were concerned. Together with German friends we founded SAHANA (the Sinhala word for "compassionate help") in January 2005 with the objective of giving targeted help to rehabilitate the displaced victims and to support the process of reconstruction in Sri Lanka.

Our relief efforts encompass non-profitable and charitable objectives ranging from helping the

victims of the natural catastrophe as well as supporting the process of reconstruction. In the beginning the priority was housing the victims. In the meantime we are also focusing on other areas of community development such as promoting medical care, education, vocational training and also providing a spiritual haven (Link zum Tempelbau).

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