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NDI in Asia: Restoring What the Sea Swept Away

  • Janet Chismar Senior Editor, News & Culture
  • 2005 17 Jan
NDI in Asia: Restoring What the Sea Swept Away
There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea." ~~ Joseph Conrad (novelist)


“Those who go down to the sea … who do business on great waters, they see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.” ~~ Psalm 107: 23-24


At a time when the great and mighty power of the sea destroyed countless lives and cities in Asia, it is easy to forget that water is usually a life-giving force – providing jobs and food for thousands of people. That sad irony is one of the most heart-breaking aspects of the Tsunami disaster.


Most of these simple fisher folk were only living on the thin margin of survival in the first place. Their lives were very simple and basic, and totally tied to the sea,” writes J.L. Williams, the president and CEO of New Directions International, from India.