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01 Jun 2005 description

A report by Australia's nonprofit aid and development peak body detailing donations to tsunami appeals, spending and the planned allocation of funds through the long-term reconstruction program.

OVERVIEW

Australian aid and development non government organisations (NGOs) have made a substantial difference to the lives of thousands of communities affected by the Asian tsunami.

01 Jun 2005 description

Australian aid non-government organisations (NGOs) made a major impact in helping hundreds of thousands of tsunami survivors, according to Paul O'Callaghan, Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID).

By 31 March 2005, 31 organisations had received A$280 million in donations from the Australian public to assist tsunami survivors. (NB: This rose to A$313 by mid-May.)

Paul O'Callaghan said, "These donations enabled immediate emergency relief work to begin.