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Report on Tsunami Relief

01 May 2006 – Below please find a complete accounting of funds collected by CNEWA for the victims of the December 2004 tsunami.

  • Built 163 houses for homeless families in the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu = $807,080
  • Provided bicycles, books, school supplies and tuition fees for 331 children in the regions of Azheekal, Colachel and Kanyakumari = $42,970
  • Purchased a school bus for a Catholic school in Colachel for children scattered with their families after the tsunami = $17,700
  • Purchased 24 modest-sized boats, each of which will be shared by 2 families who rely on fishing, in the village of Kottilpadu = $ 40,000
  • Purchased 3 large fishing boats, to be shared by 12 families, in Kottilpadu = $12,340
  • Stocked/Built assorted shops (tea, vegetables, dry goods), a tailor shop, fishing nets and a telephone booth in the village of Azheekal = $10,745
  • Provided an auto-rickshaw for Mr. Benzair in Azheekal = $1,570
  • Installed 5 sheds for mushroom cultivation, employing 5 families in the village of Devanipattinam = $565
  • Furnished and supplied an orphanage built by the Bethany Sisters for 60 children orphaned by the tsunami = $25,000
  • Laid pipe lines for clean drinking water for 74 families in the village of Moottandithopu = $7,000

Total = $964,970

Please convey my gratitude to the many benefactors and friends of CNEWA who so generously gave to assist CNEWA in its efforts to help the thousands of people in southern India affected by the tsunami. I remain, yours sincerely,

Thomas M. Varghese
Regional Director for India