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Weirdly it was our parents that taught us to always be careful of the sea and that mother nature was the most powerful thing. Little did we that their words of wisdom would actually end up changing our lives forever. They of all people knew what atrocities a natural disaster could hold for any of us and this is why we often helped other children that had been effected by an earthquake or natural disasters on our travels. Thankfully they always taught us to keep calm in moments of adversity and gave us many life lessons that would help us to save the lives of our younger siblings and ensure we managed to get back to safety. Boxing Day 2004 is a day that changed our lives but we now see it as a day to change the lives of others by building children's homes around the world.
With the name originating from the location around the Indian peninsula, the Indian ocean is the largest of the world’s oceanic divisions, covering approximately 20% of the water of Earth’s surface. It is bounded by Asia on the north, on the west by Africa, on the east by Australia, and on the south of the Southern Ocean. There are many islands in the Indian Oceans, among the most well-known are; Mauritius, Madagascar, Maldives, and Sri Lanka.
When we visited the bays of the Indian Ocean we were instantly hit with cultural history and the amazing sights of the shores filled with locals stilt fishing. Stilt Fishing is one of the most interesting, traditional fishing methods in the world. The beautifulsight of fishermen perched upon branched poles as they fish skilfully during dawn, noon and dusk is a memory that you won’t forget. Though stilt fishermen make the activity seem easy and comfortable, stilt fishing requires much skill and balance. A vertical pole with an attached crossbar is embedded into the sea floor among the shallow waters. The crossbar allows the fishermen to be seated a couple of meters above the water causing minimal shadows - hence little to no disturbance amongst the sea life.
Follow the incredible journey over the next few weeks that explains how the brothers went from fleeing the tsunami in barefoot down the train tracks of Sri Lanka whilst leading other children and tourists to safety, to then years later getting there lives back on track with Gandys and building homes around the World.