SrinuanSaichujean1 "The boat from ARC will let me get back to my old life."

 - Srinuan Saichujean Tsunami Survivor

Srinuan is 32 years old and has two children. Her third child was taken from her, along with her husband, when the Indian Ocean Tsunami hit her village, Baan Nam Khem. 

Srinuan and her husband had returned from fishing early on the morning on December 26th, 2004. They owned one boat and used it to support their family. Srinuan and her husband always fished together.

When the tsunami hit, her family was devastated. Her husband and youngest child were killed in the powerful waves. Srinuan managed to escape with her two other children. But she didn't have time to mourn. When she returned to where her home should be, she found it was gone. Her home and her boat had been totally destroyed.

Srinuan's life has changed a lot. In order to support her family, Srinuan collects paper, bottles, plastics, tin and other trash to sell. Everyday, she walks around her little fishing village collecting anything that might get her a little extra money for her family.  

But Srinuan wants to be able to fish and support her family again.

ARC has built her a new boat, so she can get back to the water. It was hard for her to explain how happy she was to have a new boat.

"This boat from ARC will let me get back to my old life," said Srinuan. "I'll be able to take much better care of my family."

Srinuan is worried about going back to the sea that took her husband and child. But she won't be doing it alone. Her daughter and son-in-law have promised to fish with her now, and the boat from ARC will support both families.

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