The tragic 2004 tsunami disaster severely impacted those in Hambantota and has had ongoing consequences. HDCC took up an active role in the relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts following the devastating event. HDCC members and staff worked alongside other organisations following the disasterdespite the shock and grief of their own personal losses. Many international organisations, NGOs, philanthropists, groups, and concerned individuals from around the world funnelled their contributions and programs through HDCC as an effective conduit for relief and support. The largest program, ‘Back to Business’, used funding from the Royal Norwegian Embassy and a consortium of donors organised by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry to help the business community recover from the disaster.