The 'Aceh and north Sumatra Community Empowerment, Networking and Telecentres' (ASCENT) project will provide a system for 14,000 families in 7 poor communities to get themselves back on track.
When the Tsunami came, it swept away livelihoods as well as people. Productive soil has been rendered useless by the salt water of the sea. The poor, landless and marginal farmers in the rural villages of Aceh and north Sumatra are set to suffer most. Unless their needs are known they may be forgotten. This project targets 14,000 families who were already below the poverty line and are now even worse off.
Communities will create their own “Community Action Folders“ using the MicroAid framework. Training in the MicroAid system will help them find resources to fund the recovery projects and poor family learning activities they choose.
7 village centres will be set up and run by trained local community leaders. Each will have its own MicroAid online center, on which they will publish local needs and action plans for funding by local government and international donors.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Tsunami Page on BBC