But in July 05 the men are back working with new and rebuild fishing boats and the village has a bus, thanks to Austcare funding.
The Australian NGO also funded the planting of mangroves to restore sustainable fish and prawn breeding grounds and supported Lam Bada's women into re-establishing kiosks and chicken farming.
The bus is a favourite of Lam Bada's children - only 50 of the previous 250 survived. The mini-bus takes 30 to and from the school and also helps adults access the market and medical services.
Austcare is also providing building materials and job training. =A9 alan