Indonesia: Fireman's Fund donates $200,000 to help rebuild Aceh

Wesport, Indonesia-Relief -- The Westport, Connecticut, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, donates $200,000 to support Save the Children ongoing reconstruction and recovery projects in tsunami-affected countries.
''World headlines of the crisis have faded, but the human needs in the Aceh province of Indonesia are more crucial than ever, said Joe Finnegan, enterprise distribution executive for Fireman's Fund.

''The social net of insurance has taught Fireman's Fund to recognize, respect and assist those who are expert in contending with disaster. That's why we chose to support Save the Children's ongoing work to protect children impacted by the tsunami and help families rebuild their communities and livelihood.''

On receiving the donation, Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children, said While we are still providing emergency food, water, shelter and medical care to thousands of children in these regions, our primary focus is now on long-term recovery efforts.

''We are working with local partners to help rebuild schools, homes and health centers. We are actively training teachers and midwives to help replace key personnel killed by the tsunami, and we are expanding our cash-for-work and micro-loan programs to help create new livelihood for tsunami victims who have no income to support themselves,'' MacCormack said.

Fireman's Fund ( ) is part of the Allianz Group, one of the top five international financial services organizations. Besides the $197,500 grant by Fireman's Fund (which includes donations from Fireman's Fund employees), Allianz has pledged one million euros to relief efforts in south Asia. © che