The TSUNAMI of Dec 26th 2004 was the beginning of a long and lasting relationship with the village of Thirukovil.
News of the unfortunate Tsunami prompted me to pack the tools of my trade ( joinery)
and head to Sri-Lanka to offer my help wherever it was needed.
I thought that if I could go there and make a difference to one family I would have done my job.
Little was I to know what I would encounter and the amount of emotion, fears, tears and lasting friendships that were to ensue over the following three years.
The village of Thirukovil, in a Tamil area, and in the Tamil war zone was an extremeley difficult place to travel to, some 14-16 hours drive over rough and often impassable terrain.
On the drive into the area of devastation, nothing could have prepared myself and travelling companion,Harry Barrow,for what we encountered. The village on the Eastern seaboard was absolutely devastated by the 30 feet high tidal wave, which claimed the lives of almost 1800 of the original 5000 inhabitants along the coastline...300 of which were children.