(20 Jan '05)
20 January 2005 — Amritapuri
Some 15 villagers from the Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu came to Amritapuri. The fishermen asked Amma to help them overcome their fear of water and begged her to come to Nagapattinam.
Amma has donated five boat engines to Nagapattinam villagers who have lost theirs to the tsunami flood. The engines service five-man fishing boats. Thus 25 people will soon be able to restart their fishing trade.
The Ashram is also looking into replacing small fishing boats lost by local villagers as well as fishing nets.
The Ashram has agreed to finance the education of tsunami victims from Azhikkal [Alappad Panchayat, Kollam District, Kerala]. The girls will pursue their bachelor’s of education degrees at BEd College (for Teacher’s) in Mysore.