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Tsunami update - Rebuilding lives for children in Asia

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Nearly five months after one of history's worst natural disasters, Save the Children continues to expand its efforts to assist children and their families in the three countries hardest hit by the December 26 tsunami--Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. Here is a brief summary of efforts in each country.

Indonesia:

- Save the Children estimates distribution of food to approximately 279,377 children and adults in the month of May.

- We continue to address the urgent water needs of more than 7,000 earthquake and tsunami affected individuals in Simeulue, both directly and through community-based partners.

- Construction has been completed of five living shelters in Blang Nibong, with ongoing material delivery and construction of 25 additional units.

- Wood and additional material has been delivered to district warehouses for the construction of 32 temporary school classrooms and 18 safe play areas; building has also begun at four other sites.

- Approximately 1,800 people from 12 villages in Simeulue are currently employed in cash-for-work (CFW) activities.

- Save the Children continues to lead in the protection of vulnerable children from exploitation. The list of unaccompanied children that we and other organizations are compiling has grown to 1,552. Our mobile registration teams continue to follow-up with separated and orphaned children who have been entered in our database.

- We have posted 18 "tracing boards" -- photographs and mass tracing lists of separated children -- in barracks, mosques, hospitals and distribution points throughout Banda Aceh.

Sri Lanka:

- In Kilinochchi, construction of five pre-schools has been completed; 10 playgrounds also have been completed in Vadamarachchi.

- Approximately 80 activity kits have been distributed to pre-schools in Matara and Galle.

India:

- Work has been completed on 16 activity centers in Nagapattinam and Karaikal, benefiting some 640 displaced children.

- Materials used to make fishing nets were distributed to fisherman in six villages; shelters have been constructed in villages to provide shade, space for community meetings and children's play areas.