A volunteer film. Four independent volunteers with little money and no experience race off to volunteer in tsunami ravaged Sri Lanka . They meet up at the Colombo airport by fate, rent a van, fill it with supplies and start driving down the coast to see where they can help. They stumble into Peraliya, a tribal village which has been totally destroyed by a 40 foot wave overturning a train and killing over 2500 people. No- one is there helping so they set up a first aid station and find themselves in charge of a refugee camp with over 3000 people. A two week journey turns into a year long odyssey of heartbreak and hope as the villagers slowly begin to turn against them when the worlds donated tsunami money doesn't materialize. The volunteers push on through the death threats and break every rule in the 'Disaster Aid Books'. Everyone is needed : no skills required
Alison Thompson,Bruce French
After the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster, four independent volunteers race off to Sri Lanka to see if they can help. With little money or experience they arrive in the main city, meeting each other by fate. They rent a van, fill it with supplies and drive off along the coast where they stumble into Peraliya, a tribal village devastated by a 40 foot tsunami wave, leaving more than 2500 people dead. The volunteers set up a first aid station and quickly find themselves in charge of a refugee camp caring for over three thousand people. What was originally a two-week journey spirals into a year-long odyssey of hope, heartbreak and setbacks as the villagers slowly begin to rise up against them when the world's donated tsunami money never materializes. The volunteers break every rule in the "Disaster Aid Books" and an entire village is re-born out of the rubble. The Third Wave is a roadmap for volunteering. In a world of increased natural and man-made disasters EVERYONE IS NEEDED. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.