The first communications are coming in from a group of Ball State students and faculty members who are in Sri Lanka rebuilding a fishing village destroyed by the tsunami.
More than 20 students and three faculty members from the College of Architecture and Planning are touring the area as part of this year's CAPAsia trip, a 10-week field study first launched in 1999. Their original plans called for them to tour northern India. And at first they stuck to their original itinerary, having already visited parts of northern India and planning to stop soon in Taiwan.
But with the aftermath from such a world-altering catastrophe so close, the group changed their plans at the last minute to see what they could do to help. The impact they've been able to make -- and experience they have gained -- has been nothing short of amazing. After rerouting their trip to Sri Lanka, they have spent the last week building houses, restoring a lagoon and bird sanctuary, repairing fishing boats and much more.
Below are the first of two installments from the faculty members who are leading the students.
E-mail from CAPAsia Director Nihal Perera
E-mail from CAPAsia Co-Director Wes Janz