Beneficiary stories

More than 4,807,000 people received assistance from the Red Cross Red Crescent movement. Beneficiaries are not just numbers. They all have their own story about the Tsunami.

More than 4,807,000 people received assistance from the Red Cross Red Crescent movement. Beneficiaries are not just numbers. They all have their own story about the Tsunami. Like Saidatul who was born a few months after the disaster in a camp and now grows up in a safe house, or Adli who started a little restaurant with cash grants from the Red Cross Red Crescent, or Upali who learned about the importance of clean water – since 2004 thousands of Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers and delegates helped to bring their stories to a good end or at least assisted in restoring hope.

Bangladesh: Planting hope for a flood safe future

Bangladesh: Planting hope for a flood safe future

Faced with the growing threat of climate change and extreme weather, several communities in Bangladesh have come up with an innovative solution to reduce the impact of severe flooding.

India: Assisting children to overcome trauma

India: Assisting children to overcome trauma

Psychosocial support for the youngest tsunami victims: In Tamil Nadu the ‘Smiling Oysters’ programme is paying special attention to children’s trauma.

Sri Lanka: Green legacy

Sri Lanka: Green legacy

A holistic view of sanitation systems can lead to a garden of paradise as Nilanthi Gunasekara’s approach shows.

An end and a beginning in Thailand

An end and a beginning in Thailand

Exploring the many ways, in which Thailand has seen a remarkable recovery from the December 2004 tsunami disaster.

Indonesia: Reconstruction means safety

Indonesia: Reconstruction means safety

All of the houses built by the Red Cross Red Crescent in the tsunami-affected area of Indonesia are built to withstand a magnitude 6 quake, and should protect people inside.

Thailand: Community based first aid

Thailand: Community based first aid

At the remote Sriboh-ya Island, volunteers were trained in first aid and basic health. The community based service is the only offer of health care at the island.

Sri Lanka: Clean water + clean hands = good health

Sri Lanka: Clean water + clean hands = good health

Small changes with large impact: The hygiene promotion programme runs over 28 schools in the east of Sri Lanka and teaches the simple equation of good health resulting form clean water and clean hands.

Sri Lanka: Sustainable recovery from tsunami and conflict

Sri Lanka: Sustainable recovery from tsunami and conflict

In Sathrukkondan village a series of livelihoods interventions are starting to improve the lives of the community.

Early warning pays off

Early warning pays off

April 2012: an 8.7 earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra.Fortunately no tsunami materialized, but it was clear that this time, communities were significantly better prepared than in 2004.