Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, a natural disaster that killed over 220,000 people across nine countries. The 30m high waves destroyed cities, ruined livelihoods and devastated families.
The response to the tragedy was uniquely generous, with billions of dollars donated from around the globe. The colossal scale of the recovery nevertheless takes time, and the tsunami still haunts many of the survivors to this day.
It was in the aftermath of this unfortunate event that we founded Gecko Sri Lanka to help those affected in Sri Lanka. While our team and the projects we support have evolved over the last decade, our goals have remained the same.
Today we are reminded of the terrible toll of the tsunami and we hope that we can continue to help those in need. Thank you all for your support and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
[Pictures are from the Guardian and Reuters websites]