The 2004 Tsunami had a devastating effect on the coastal ecosystem, small farms and home-gardens. As the water receded, land was stripped of vegetation and piled with sand, mud and debris. Combined with high inflation and a decline in tourists, communities who live on only a few dollars a day were pushed into deepening poverty. Once people’s emergency needs had been met (such as our well-purification programme in 2006) there remained a desperate need to re-establish and develop livelihood opportunities and restore surrounding ecosystems.
With the support of Swiss Labour Assistance the 3 year Coastal Community Restoration Project introduced new sources of income through small enterprise development and home-garden rehabilitation, and restored ecosystems to increase biodiversity.