Sri Lankan maternity hospital reborn after 2004 tsunami

Kerstin Jeska-Thorwart. Photo: Rotary International/Monika Lozinska

More than 160,000 Sri Lankan children born since the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami can thank a German lawyer for their safe start in life.

Kerstin Jeska-Thorwart was celebrating Christmas at her home on the island nation when the tsunami struck, killing more than 200,000 people in 14 countries.

Moved by the overwhelming loss and destruction, she mobilized more than 200 Rotary Clubs in Germany to contribute to the rebuilding of a maternity hospital.

For this effort, Ms Jeska-Thorwart was named one of six 'Global Women of Action' by Rotary, the charitable organization which has had a long history with the United Nations.

She tells Dianne Penn about the story behind 'Baby Hospital Galle.'

Duration: 3'09"

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