Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, was declared uninhabitable following the December 2004 tsunami. The wave struck the island in its heart. Over 2,000 people lost their lives.
But, five months on, this community had undergone a rebirth. Local residents and over 3,600 volunteers shared grief and joined forces. They worked side by side to clean streets and reefs, repair homes and bring back smiles. This island rose above the waves, ready to look at a new future.
The story of HiPhiPhi is a historic example of the energy, positivity and concrete results that arise when people around the globe combine strengths, and transcend cultural, religious and national identities to help others in need.
The HiPhiPhi project was honoured by Time Magazine with the Asia’s Heroes 2005 award.