On this 9th anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami, T+10 remembers those who passed that day and those whose lives were touched forever. 

We recall our Sri Lanka friends and trip (shown in our mini-doc) — and we think of Indian Ocean communities affected.

We also wish work lives hadn’t intervened, as it is unlikely we’ll travel to Aceh this 10th anniversary year, but fingers are crossed nevertheless!

Best wishes to all,

Mike & Mayra

High-res Tsunami+8?  Is that as far as we’ll get?  Unfortunately we are going on hiatus, as Mike now has the honor of being the new CEO of Tourism Cares!
But who knows, maybe we’ll mobilize for Aceh in the lead up to the 10th anniversary, as global philanthropy and disaster giving carryover to his exciting role, and Mayra is ready!
THANK YOU for your support.  Check out our video MINI-DOC tab above, if you haven’t, as well as the Viewer’s Guide to “The Impossible.”  We raised some funds — again, thank you — and made a great grant to the Foundation of Goodness; as we have remaining funds, they’ll be granted to Aceh.
It was an exciting journey and will continue to be, in one form or another!
Travel and give well,
Mike & Mayra

Tsunami+8?  Is that as far as we’ll get?  Unfortunately we are going on hiatus, as Mike now has the honor of being the new CEO of Tourism Cares!

But who knows, maybe we’ll mobilize for Aceh in the lead up to the 10th anniversary, as global philanthropy and disaster giving carryover to his exciting role, and Mayra is ready!

THANK YOU for your support.  Check out our video MINI-DOC tab above, if you haven’t, as well as the Viewer’s Guide to “The Impossible.”  We raised some funds — again, thank you — and made a great grant to the Foundation of Goodness; as we have remaining funds, they’ll be granted to Aceh.

It was an exciting journey and will continue to be, in one form or another!

Travel and give well,

Mike & Mayra

High-res Mike and T+10 are on holiday — though thought of tsunamis right after a nearby 5.2 quake last night. Seems like there were no major casualties.

Mike and T+10 are on holiday — though thought of tsunamis right after a nearby 5.2 quake last night. Seems like there were no major casualties.

From “The Impossible” to Aceh

It’s spring in Seattle…most of the time!  I’ve been busy at work, a school auction for Elsie, and daydreaming of upcoming vacation in Mexico! Mayra’s been off her feet recovering from a bit of ankle repair.

Tsunami+10 is transitioning from our work around “The Impossible” and the follow up to our Sri Lanka trip.  For the curious: "The Impossible" DVD comes out April 23, and it has grossed $150M worldwide — with just 11% coming in the US.  It’s a great movie that more need to see, so grab it on-demand.

We’re lining up a researcher to prepare for an August trip to Aceh which is going to be before us before we know it. 

And THANKS to all those who gave to the Tsunami Renewal Fund: we are making great progress toward having enough for two new grants to Sri Lanka.

Give any amount, today, to 2 special projects in Sri Lanka!

I’ve never made one of my causes public, not even Give2Asia.  And due to age more than anything, I’ve never been a racer for causes.

But this year, we have a cause: helping some of those most in need in Sri Lanka, and I ask you to take 5 minutes to give $25, $50, or any amount to the Tsunami Renewal Fund (http://give2asia.org/tsunamiplusten).

Sri Lanka was the first stop for this T+10 personal research project exploring the philanthropic legacy of the 2004 tsunami.  It was a remarkable trip, and if you haven’t seen it, check out the trip video we are so proud of: http://tsunamiplus10.org/MINI-DOC; thanks to Mayra Padilla for all her insights and photo/videography.

Conflict still divides Sri Lanka, and while the war is over and things are markedly better, there remain disparities between the Sinhalese/Buddhist South and the former Tamil conflict zone in the North and East.


We can’t solve these problems but we know two organizations that can help families and youth in different ways.  More detail is in the previous post, and we are raising just $10,000 for 2 projects: the FOUNDATION OF GOODNESS and the 181 individuals in Neethipuram Village to the North, and SRI LANKA UNITES, which works with youth on reconciliation across the country.

In addition to what we’ve put into Tsunami+10, we’ve made our own gifts to the Tsunami Renewal Fund (http://give2asia.org/tsunamiplusten).  My 3:1 match from work helps!

Why now and why Sri Lanka?  There are some things you give to simply because of inequality and great need.  Neethipuram counts, with families earning barely $100/mo and the traumas of conflict fresh.  We know exactly where our funds will go and who they’ll help.  These are gifts for concrete hope, into a tough but ready environment, and we know that FOG has complementary commitments in the village and the North.  We can trust both organizations to keep us updated over time.  

This once (and perhaps next year for Aceh, Indonesia!), give what you can, and any amount matters.  The TSUNAMI RENEWAL FUND is only for grantees and programs (not Tsunami+10 itself), and is tax deductible.  Click:

http://give2asia.org/tsunamiplusten

In any event, best wishes!

Mike, with Mayra