It was through Jimmy Marathy – a friend of one of his sons and a witness of the destruction caused by the Tsunami in Sri Lanka, that Frederico learned more about the massive devastation experienced by the Sri Lankan population, on top of all the problems that the civil war was already causing the country.
After coming back from a trip around Sri Lanka, where he gave his help to the survivors, Jimmy explained how the Southern and Eastern coast of the island appeared after the Tsunami: dead bodies floating down the streets, wrecked houses, floating mutilated dolls with no children to play with them. But this was not all.
The most horrendous thing, Jimmy recounted, was the number of people that lost their homes and families in the water. Crowds of people were crammed into tents, where those who had nothing for themselves, tried to help those with even less.
It was now clear to Federico Stella that something tangible and concrete had to be done.
Those were the days of buzz and social activism in which the world’s population was moved to raise funds for the tsunami affected countries. The general rule applied where money was donated to NGO’s and charity/non profit organizations who used it for their different projects.
Federico Stella did not want to follow this rule. He wanted to be in control of his project so he could be sure that his money would be used precisely for what he had in mind: the construction of a whole new village for homeless people.
What was now needed was the right location and a site to start the construction of the houses. We also needed to think about the development of a real project.
During his trip around Sri Lanka, Jimmy saw that one particular area was even more devastated by the water’s rage: the Ampara District, a place already struck by the violence of the civil war.