Asian Dollars

In a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) here, Ganesh Thuraivasa, 38, is a fisherman who lost his fishing boat and nets in the tsunami that struck Sri Lanka’s eastern coastline on 26 December. In a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) here, Ganesh Thuraivasa, 38, is a fisherman who lost his fishing boat and nets in the tsunami that struck Sri Lanka’s eastern coastline on 26 December. He says he’s never been anything else but a fisherman and says if he gets a new net he can fish from the shore without a boat.

In another IDP camp nearby, Janaka Amaresooriya, 27, his wife Ansula and their one year old baby girl were living in Trincomalee when the big waves carried away their coastal home. Janaka used to break up ice in a fish enterprise and already he has found new work in Ampara loading wood into lorries. He doesn’t much like the new job, however, and is open to alternatives.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning to help tsunami survivors like Ganesh and Janaka earn a living again by extending an ADB-financed livelihood project on the east coast.

The project can be expanded quickly since several agencies – including many non governmental organizations (NGOs) — are