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On Boxing Day, 2004, the world watched in horror as people, buildings, trees, and entire towns and cities were wiped away by a devastating tsunami.

The terrifying destruction left Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia devastated. Families were torn apart by the deadliest tsunami in recorded human history. It claimed 230,000 lives and communities were decimated, some with scant hope of ever recovering.

For Rob and Paul Forkan that was the last time, they saw their parents, Kevin and Sandra, alive. Since that day, the brothers have devoted themselves to helping others struck by the same tragedy as them, and as Paul says "leaving the world a better place than when we came into it".

Paul and Rob, along with their two younger siblings, Rosie and Matt, had spent the past four-and-a-half years traveling around India with their parents. Paul explained: "Our parents booked a holiday through Teletext to India back in the day and we went there one Christmas.
"My parents worked really hard, they would go to work and come home late and they weren't really seeing us as much as they, and we, would have liked.
"They thought there was more to life than going to work and getting back late and seeing the kids for an hour. 
"My parents had a small social enterprise firm. They would put on fashion shows in universities, schools and hospitals and would donate the money from the ticket sales and any drinks they sold back to where the show was held. 
"But they would do two or three of these an evening and then be preparing all day. It was really hard work.
"They had six children and they were struggling to pay the bills and they just thought 'sod it, let's have a break' and that's what they did."


The family were all behind the decision to move to India. Initially, it was planned they would be away for six months, but based in Goa and traveling when they wanted to, it became a much longer adventure.
Paul said: "My dad had a Lonely Planet and he would talk to us about places and we would head there on a flight or haggling with a jeep owner to take us there, never knowing how long we would be there for. 
"We went to villages where they had never seen white people, we did a lot of volunteering, we went to the slums and played a lot of cricket.
"We would meet up with other travellers. It was a really great life journey. 
"We got to eat in different restaurants and go to different beaches and nature reserves.
"We were learning about nature while we were next to it, we were learning about religion while we were in a temple or a mosque."

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