Sisters Razi and Riska Damizi survey the wreckage of their home inBanda Aceh, Sumatra. 170,000 people were killed in Aceh alone.
In Sri Lanka, The Queen of the Sea,crammed full of passengers, was hit bythe first wave of the tsunami. Hundreds ofvillagers sought refuge behind the train,but the second wave picked up the trainand smashed it down, killing at least1,700 people.
Relatives look for the names of familymembers lost in the tsunami on listsprovided by People’s Crisis Centre(PCC) in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Wehelped PCC to re-unite families.
Reconstruction Six months after the tsunami, Aruldevi Ganapathipillai and her 14-year-old son Senduran put up their shelter in Sri Lanka, using a kit provided by our partner Caritas EHED.
Vaduvamma was a bonded labourerliving in very basic conditions. Ourpartner Caritas India began buildinghouses in her village, and she wastaken on as a construction worker. Now she and her four children live inone of the houses, and she continuesto work in the building trade, earninga good wage.
By distributing sets of simple toolssoon after the tsunami struck, ourpartners enabled thousands ofpeople who’d lost everything in SriLanka to earn a living once again.
We worked with Islamic Relief torebuild Suak Ribee school in AcehProvince, Indonesia. It was one of26 schools we helped to rebuildacross the region.
Working for humanityVithya, 12, and her father outside theirtemporary shelter in Navalady, Sri Lanka.Our partner Caritas EHED provided thistemporary home for Vithya and her fatheruntil new permanent housing wascompleted.
Making a livingOur partner Caritas Sri Lankaencouraged tsunami survivors toform groups so they could poolsavings and access loans in orderto rebuild their livelihoods. Here agroup member creates a broomfrom coconut fibres.
In India we supported localorganisation Social Change andDevelopment in building fivechildren’s centres. Mrs Valiammal,who works at one of the centres,said: “It has brought great peace ofmind to the parents. They knowtheir children are being cared for.”
Mr Musliadi in a communitytrade centre that was set upby our partner YPK in Aceh,Indonesia. YPK has helpedpeople to start businessesby providing loans to buytools, equipment andmerchandise.
Mrs Chandrabartha set up a smallshop in Sri Lanka, thanks to asavings group and training fromour partner Caritas EHED. Shesaid: “The solutions to ourproblems are with us.”
Mr Suman, a fisherman andshopkeeper in India, is renting asmall shop with the help of ourpartner Caritas India.
With our partner Caritas EHED, wesupported the Lourdu Andare Groupin Sri Lanka to carry out coconutwine production, poultry farmingand production of coconut oilthrough a microfinance scheme.
Through our partners, we helpedfish workers in Aceh, Indonesia toearn a living again quickly, byproviding new boats, drying huts forfish or loans to replace equipment.
Asokan and Praveen, from TamilNadu in India, are two of fourbrothers who received their ownboat after the tsunami, thanks toour partner Caritas India. Beforethe tsunami they worked aslabourers on fishing boats andearned less money.
Pupils Widia and Romi at the re-opened Suak Pandan Public Schoolin Aceh, one of 26 schools wehelped to rebuild across the region.
Helping communitiesto plan ahead forfuture disasters was avital part of ourresponse to thetsunami. Here,villagers in Indonesiaplan how to respondto future floods.
Our partner AJMI helps a community in Indonesiademand compensation for their houses, which wereburned down during conflict after the tsunami.Across the region, our partners have promotedpeace and human rights.
The Saree School, a localorganisation in Indonesia,trains women in to produceand market cassava chips.The women have a savingsscheme, where they use thesavings to support membersfacing difficulties.
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