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(from ONE magazine January 2005)

Tsunami Emergency Relief
Posted: 15 Feb 2005

The church in India responded rapidly after the 26 December tsunami that ravaged much of Southeast Asia. The Latin Diocese of Kottar, near the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border, sheltered survivors in its schools and churches. Kottar Bishop Leon Tharmaraj is working closely with his Syro-Malabar neighbor, Bishop George Allencherry of Thuckalay, who dispatched priests and social workers to assist Bishop Leon in his efforts. Future plans call for the rehabilitation of fishing villages, including the reconstruction of houses and the purchase of boats and nets.

The Malankara Social Service Society (MSSS), administered by the Syro-Malankara Archdiocese of Trivandrum, has set up 94 refugee camps, housing some 100,000 people. MSSS Director Father Jose Kizhakedath has indicated that food, water, clothes and medicines will be needed for at least three months. Counseling has also begun and, under the care of the Bethany Sisters, a program is planned to care for the homeless, the destitute and the orphaned.

CNEWA has launched an emergency appeal to raise funds to support these efforts.