Started by a Canadian couple, Pamela and Jerry Porodo, IMPAKTaid began filling the immediate needs of the injured and traumatized. Friends, volunteers and donations poured through the doors and, within 24 hours of the disaster, an efficient and well-coordinated relief network was up and running.
IMPAKTaid was set up minutes after the waves of the tsunami crashed down on Sri Lanka
Working around the clock over 350 volunteers have packed, transported and distributed food,medical supplies and other necessities to hospitals and camps island-wide, at an estimated value in excess of Rs. 100,000,000/- (U.S $1,000,000.). It was run solely by volunteers of all nationalities and supported directly, or indirectly, over 25,000 displaced persons in the districts of Galle, Weligama, Panadura, Ambalangoda, Balapitiya, Moratuwa and Tissamaharama. These people were either in camps or in satellite settlements and accounted for between 4 and 5% of the total persons displaced in Sri Lanka.