Indonesia: World Vision distributes food to 130,000 people in Aceh

World Vision's tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia set a new high mark for food distributions in the past month, by distributing food to more than 130,000 tsunami affected beneficiaries in Aceh Province.

"World Vision is delivering approximately 2,000 metric tons per month," said Commodities Manager Jacques Birugurugu in Banda Aceh. The food rations are supplied by the World Food Program, one of World Vision's major partners in Aceh. Each individual monthly ration consists of rice, fish, noodles and vegetable oil.

Beneficiary numbers have gradually increased over the past few months, as World Vision builds a positive reputation in Aceh for delivering food efficiently.

To accomplish the monthly task of delivering to 130,000 people, World Vision is currently using 15 trucks. The monthly distributions presently take place for residents located in, and near, the cities of Banda Aceh and Meulaboh.

Beneficiaries fall into a number of groups. These include Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) who have lost their homes, and now live in Temporary Living Centers, tents, and other camps. Others include survivors who live with host families, and the host families themselves. Some beneficiaries still have a home, but have lost their jobs and livelihoods due to the tsunami.

There will continue to be a need for food distributions in much of Aceh for the foreseeable future, since thousands of hectares of agricultural land were flooded by the December 26th tsunami. The seawater not only destroyed the season's crops, but left farmland damaged by salt left behind after the floodwaters dried.

At this point, World Vision is planning to continue its partnership with the World Food Program, and continue distributing food to tsunami affected families in Aceh at least until December of this year.