PIME's campaign raised more than two million euros for tsunami victims. In Tamil Nadu reconstruction work has ended, but money is now needed to cover unexpected costs in the Andaman Islands where monsoon rains continue to slow down recovery.
With economic recovery undertakings done, people are waiting for housing permits. Local Protestants and Hindus as well as local authorities are calling on PIME for assistance. Tonight, a scheduled meeting to consider overall effort will take place at PIME offices in Milan.
The Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) is launching a campaign to raise money for the Nirmala Hospital in Karinkal (one of the hardest hit areas in Tamil Nadu), a health facility run by the Missionaries of the Immaculata. A nun confirms that "people feel lost and are afraid", but compassion and empathy amongst the faithful of different religions are "the starting point for rebuilding the country".