On December 26, 2004, millions of people from Southeast Asia to East Africa experienced one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. In a matter of minutes, the tsunami killed more than 230,000 people, and millions more watched as their homes, shops, boats, places of worship and schools disappeared into an inconceivably powerful wave.
The magnitude of destruction caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami resulted in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity from donors worldwide. The American Red Cross alone received $581 million. During the six months after the disaster, these funds helped the American Red Cross provide relief assistance, such as food, supplies and psychological first aid to more than 1.6 million people and emergency vaccinations for more than one million children.
This type of assistance addressed immediate needs, but survivors needed critical intermediate and longer- term support as well. Rebuilding entire communities completely destroyed by the tsunami required complex interventions with significant strategic planning and coordination. In June 2005, the American Red Cross launched the Tsunami Recovery Program (TRP), a five-year recovery program, to address the continuing needs of survivors.
Focusing on six key areas-water and sanitation, psychosocial support, health, shelter, livelihoods and disaster preparedness-the Tsunami Recovery Program has supported more than 80 relief and recovery projects in 10 countries. Because of the generosity of donors, beneficiaries received more than immediate relief-they received resources, services and training that will help them thrive for years to come.
Today, villages teem with activity, classrooms are full of students, and marketplaces are alive with business. Five years after the tsunami, survivors are embracing a brighter future.
- American Red Cross
- All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives. © Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.