A f t e r t h e
26 December 2004 Indian Ocean
tsunami hit, the tiny Sri Lankan village of Kirinda was a desolate block
of land covered with broken pieces of tile, bricks, nets and boats.
“It looked like nuclear annihilation, almost nothing left standing,”
says Philip Bay, regional director Southeast Europe at Colliers
International, a global real estate consultancy.
Based in Athens, Greece, Mr. Bay rallied Colliers offices around
the world to raise funds and support the rebuilding effort, which
became known as the Colliers Kirinda Trust.
But it was the human element, not the physical destruction, that
proved to be the biggest challenge for the project team.