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Asia Tsunami Relief

The Jewish Coalition for Asia Tsunami Relief was established to support the work of international and local relief organizations working throughout the region. To date, over $885,000 has been raised and programming decisions are currently being made.

Two Coalition grants have been made to the International Medical Corps to support their efforts rehabilitating medical facilities and providing health-related services to those in the hard-hit Eastern province of Sri Lanka. The Coalition is also supporting World ORT's Educational and Training Project being conducted in primary and secondary schools on South Andaman Island, India. A grant has also been provided to the Indian NGO, Sanghamitra Service Society (SSS), to support a project that empowers fishing communities in 9 tsunami-affected coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The Jewish Coalition is also supporting the work of the local NGO Mandru in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. This project will develop income generation activities for 100 non-fishing coastal families, facilitate disaster mitigation, and promote environmental conservation and protection through the planting of coastal trees. To donate to these efforts, please CLICK HERE .

Disaster Summary: On December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck about 100 miles off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island, the strongest in over 40 years. The quake triggered a wave of tsunamis, which swept across the Indian Ocean from Thailand to Somalia. Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India suffered the greatest loss of life and devastation, with Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Somalia, Maldives, Tanzania, and Bangladesh also affected. The tsunamis struck with no advance warning in coastal areas, as no warning system exists for the Indian Ocean, adding to the devastation. The final casualty figure was over 200,000 people, with over four million left homeless.

On March 28, 2005, an underwater earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale hit off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Fortunately, there were no tsunami waves, but the Nias and Simeulue islands, as well as the Singkil district in Aceh Province, did experience casualties and damage. Agencies already at work in Indonesia were able to respond to this crisis.

The Jewish Coalition for Asia Tsunami Relief is partnering with international and local organizations throughout the region to support their relief and reconstruction activities. To make a donation to these efforts, please CLICK HERE