For the rehabilitation to begin the victims need houses and a source of income. Muslim Aid's delegation looked at various options regarding the provision of housing. Ruling out any provision of temporary shelters, they consulted the local people as to their housing needs so as to avoid the mistake of providing homes that is not in keeping with the culture of the community.
Most of the victims of tsunami were fishermen whose homes were washed away. To build the homes Muslim Aid will partner with Panglima Laot a traditional fishing, non-political agency that unites the entire fishing community in Aceh and has been in existence for 400 years. Panglima Laut has its own court of arbitration, which settles any dispute, which may arise among the various fishing communities. It is an agency recognised by the Indonesian Government as mentioned in the local provincial constitution Article No 11 which states: "The Government is to acknowledge and protect the role of Panglima Laut to protect the local fishing community."