The coastline of Indonesia was closest to the epicenter of the earthquake that triggered the 2004 tsunami. Of the approximately 230,000 people killed, more than half were in Indonesia. Working in Indonesia since 1967, CARE has helped more than 350,000 people gain access to clean water, distributed more than 1 million bottles of water
purifying solution, distributed 700,000 food rations and provided essential nutrition and other health services to thousands of women and children.
CARE continues to work to restore livelihoods and rebuild quality homes. In a survey of 35 organizations working in Aceh5, CARE’s houses were recognized as being “above and beyond” the building code in terms of construction quality, and our reconstruction work and community planning activities have been cited as the best in Aceh in terms of accountability to our project participants. CARE has employed 2,000 construction workers in our shelter program and more than 96 percent of our total target of 1,835 permanent houses is now underway (either under construction or completed)
Other livelihood activities include the establishment and training of 255 community groups to set up small businesses such as food stalls, coffee shops, furniture manufacturing and repair, motorcycle service, welding, salt farming, tailoring, barber shops and electronics.
In partnership with the Department of Agriculture, CARE is training thousands of farmers and providing highquality seed and advice on market access. CARE is also helping local communities to rehabilitate mangroves destroyed by the tsunami, thus restoring critical habitat for juvenile fish – the basis for fishing livelihoods. We have trained hundreds of health workers on maternal and child health. Each month, more than a thousand women are equipped with information about breastfeeding and nutrition, and approximately 2,500 are screened for malnutrition and provided with supplements. We have rebuilt four community health centers and continue to improve health clinics in 25 villages. Activities to help women and children heal emotionally include sewing trainings, handicrafts, dancing and arts.
Please read the complete report below for more information on CARE's tsunami response in Indonesia and other affected countries.