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Volunteers Attend Opening Ceremony of Fisherman's Shelter in India

Volunteers at the project site

Projects Abroad volunteers and staff were proud to attend the opening ceremony of the newly constructed fisherman's shelter in Keelamuttom on the South Coast of Tamil Nadu. Volunteers in India on the Tsunami Recovery project have been working alongside local Indian carpenters and masons helping to construct a new fisherman's shelter to replace those destroyed by the tsunami.

The shelters are used by local women to dry and salt the fish caught each day and are vital to protect them from the both the strong sun and the monsoon rains. The fishermen themselves also use the shelters for untangling their nets after a days fishing.

The shelter almost completed

Hundreds of villagers turned out to watch the ceremony, which included the cutting of the ribbon by the chairman of the village to formally open the shelter, and presentations to Projects Abroad volunteers who had worked on the project.

Projects Abroad's India Director, Chinnasamy Rajendran was also present and told us that he was delighted with the achievement of all the volunteers who had worked on the project. He also confirmed that a second fisherman's shelter which we have been helping to build in the nearby village of Melamuttom is due to be finished by Christmas this year.

Presentation ceremony


The completion of the second shelter will mark the end of the Tsunami Recovery projects in India, however, tsunami construction work and projects in the relief camps will be continuing in Sri Lanka throughout next year.

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