November 11, 2010
Eight months after Cyclone Tomas devastated Naitauba, the restoration of Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj’s Sacred Island continues. Residents, retreatants and staff, backed by the very generous support of devotees and friends of Adi Da from around the world, have worked tirelessly to clear countless fallen trees and broken branches, repair damaged buildings and infrastructure, and strengthen protection against future cyclones.
More help is needed before the cyclone season begins again in November, but a huge amount has been accomplished, as seen in this brief pictorial update.
Roads all across the island have been cleared of trees and debris, and graded and re-surfaced.
In addition to removing dangerous broken and fallen trees, we have made repairs to a number of buildings in the retreat area and the villages where residents and staff live.
The Island’s "industrial" area, where building materials, bulk fuel tanks, and marine equipment are housed, felt the full brunt of wind and waves. Storage buildings and the slipway received serious damage.
Our slipway was undermined and broken up by the waves. Vital for maintaining our marine link to the outside world, a large section of the slipway had to be completely rebuilt, with work periods limited to a only few hours each day around low tide. The slipway must be strong enough to carry boats weighing over 20 tons.
We have yet to repair a large building that is used primarily for storage and rainwater water catchment, and to replace some previously thatched roofs with iron roofing instead. But our main focus in the coming months will be constructing storm-swell protection for other key structures on Naitauba, as well as three specially-designed group houses to provide protection from even the strongest cyclones.
We welcome and encourage your support in the form of financial donations or skilled help you can offer.