"After the tsunami, I felt the need to help the victims. That was the time they needed us the most!"
The tsunami of 2004 prompted many to assist those whose lives were devastated by the disaster. One of those was Chandrani Alwis who helplessly watched the devastation of Weiligama, Sri Lanka, her hometown. She knew at that moment her family and friends in Sri Lanka needed her help.
Chandrani's aid began simply with her family, friends and neighbors in Minnesota. Their combined efforts grew into what is known today as Direct Tsunami Relief, receiving monetary contributions from all over the world. The funds raised by this group have already helped construct over 50 homes in what will eventually be known as "Minnesota Village", a 137 unit housing development.
For Chandrani, the most rewarding experience was seeing the families move out of temporary shelters and into their own homes. She is grateful for the support she has received from her family throughout the relief efforts.
Direct Tsunami Relief