Tung Nang Dam is a
Muslim village located in the middle of a mangrove forest on an
island, a short 20 minute boat ride from the Kuraburi Pier. When
the tsunami hit, the villagers’ homes were spared, but almost all of
their fishing boats and equipment was lost. The already dilapidated
320-meter bridge, the main access to the village, also suffered
severe damage and massive amounts of salt water flooded the one and
only fresh water supply. The shorter bridge, leading to the fish
farms in a mangrove klong, is also in a dangerous state of repair,
and needs to be repaired urgently.
was the first organization to visit this village and has developed a
good relationship with the community. The projects implemented so
far include the delivery of fresh food and support for children
through educational scholarships as well as the replacement of
fishing equipment, boat repair and support for alternative incomes.
Long term scholarships have also been secured for some of the
children in the village and the repair of the second bridge is due
to begin shortly. Tung Nang Dam is also one of the key villages for
the Community Empowerment, Vocational Training and ACE Tourism
Program and they have already taken part in a three-day workshop,
facilitated by REST, to look at its feasibility.