At the end of 2004, a great natural disaster struck many countries of South East Asia and shocked the whole of humanity. The Tsunami, an unknown, to most of us, natural phenomenon, became a tragic reality for the inhabitants of those region. Thousands dead, injured, homeless, orphaned children and economic poverty came to add to the many problems that those impoverished countries were already facing.
The Greek Caravan of Solidarity could not remain indifferent. They appealed to Greek citizens through announcements in the Press and informed old and new donors alike for the collection of funds. A bank account with the National Bank was immediately opened toward that aim. In collaboration with local bodies for the formulation of a list of orphaned children, the Caravan then made the data available to Greek donors.
The new programme of the Greek Caravan of Solidarity began in 2006 and was directed at orphaned children in Sri Lanka. Delegates from the Caravan had already visited the area and given help to 183 orphaned children amounting to approximately 60,000 dollars. This had come from a fundraiser carried out by the Federation of Tax Employees, the workers of Syriza and individual contributions from friends of the Caravan.
The help given by the Caravan to families in Sri Lanka proven to be invaluable when considering the living standards of the country. As an indication, the amount of 300 dollars, which was given to every child, is sufficient to maintain a family for 6-9 months.