There is a touch of the 19th century scramble to divide Africa among European colonial powers in the decision of Russia to drop a capsule containing a Russian flag on the Arctic sea floor not far from the North Pole on August 2. In preparation for the 1885 Berlin Conference which was to draw the boundaries of the African colonies, there was a mad rush to place national flags on all the commercial outposts so that France, England, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Portugal could claim prior possession of the area.
In early February 2006, around 15 members of the TOS, TS and the partner company Grundfos visited some of the rehabilitation projects. The International Secretary of the TOS, Ms Diana Dunningham Chapotin, flew in specially from France and Mr B.L Bhattacharya, National Director of the TOS in India, also made the journey from Calcutta. Before heading down the coast, Ms Dunningham Chapotin inaugurated a reverse osmosis plant donated by the TOS to the Ramakrishna Mission Boys’ Home in Mylapore, Chennai. The home has begun housing tsunami orphans and hopes to take in more.