Indonesia Tsunami Relief

Dec 23, 2018 by Jon Self

Tsunami strikes Indonesia

This tsunami did not trigger any warnings, meaning that many communities were left unprepared for the damage it caused. At the time of publication, there were 11,687 internally displaced people in the five districts affected by the tsunami. The districts include Pandelang and Serang in Banten Province, South Lampung, Tanggamus and Pesawaran in Laumpung Province, and the number of casualties has reached 281 people.

Dec 20, 2012 by Karen Vanderwillik

Helping Communities Prepare for and Prevent Disasters

All of the communities where World Renew works in Haiti were affected when Tropical Storm Isaac made landfall in the very early hours of August 24, 2012. The storm brought with it heavy rains and wind. In Haiti’s many mountainous regions, landslides were common. In the low-lying regions, flooding occurred. Throughout the country, homes were destroyed, crops were washed away, and families who had been rebuilding their lives after the devastating 2010 earthquake were set back once again. Yet, in the midst of this devastation, there were also some rays of hope.

Jul 9, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Eight Years After the South Asia Tsunami

Eight years after the devastating tsunami, fields are once again abundant with rice thanks to livelihood programs by CRWRC.

Dec 26, 2009

Five Years after the Tsunami

On December 26, 2004 an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia caused a tsunami that took the lives of more than 300,000 people in Southern Asia.  In response, CRWRC was blessed to receive nearly $6.5 million from individuals, churches, and businesses.  This was matched by government and other grants, enabling CRWRC to spend nearly $16 million on a tsunami-response over the course of 5 years.  Here is one story of how that aid made a difference. 

Oct 2, 2009

CRWRC Provides Immediate and Long-term Aid for Asia

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee is relying on trained community members and experienced staff to build a full-scale response to two powerful earthquakes that rocked Indonesia in the past week and recent storms in the Philippines and Samoa.

Jun 24, 2009

Houses Restore Hope in Banda Aceh

Four years ago, as semi-conscious Ihya Muhammad Isnaeil swam through a moving mountain of water to a nearby rooftop, he thought he was still holding his infant son in his arms and the hand of his pregnant wife, Nova, in his own. As Isnaeil clung to the crumbling roof tiles during the second and third tsunami waves, he reached desperately for the hands of a screaming neighbor and his son. Only then did he realize that his own family had already been swept out to sea. Isnaeil quietly shakes his head as he reflects.

Dec 22, 2008

The Tsunami - Four Years Later

Four years after a horrific tsunami tore through parts of Southeast Asia you can still hear the pounding!  Houses are being rebuilt, livelihoods rehabilitated, and communities restored. The people in Indonesia, the country closest to the earthquake’s epicenter, suffered both earthquake and tsunami damage.  In the province of Aceh entire cities were leveled and villages wiped out.  More than 130,000 people died in Indonesia alone, leaving behind many orphans. 

Mar 12, 2008

A Dance of Recovery in Aceh, Indonesia

Watching the children of Blang Mee dance made Grace Wiebe realize that recovery from the devastating tsunami of 2004 is truly taking hold in the region of Aceh on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. “That whole region was a place of horror for the children. Many of them became orphans after the tsunami,” says Wiebe, Senior Relief Project Manager for CRWRC.

Jul 5, 2007

136 Indonesian Families Move Into New Homes

Two and a half years plus a day after the tsunami swept over south East Asia, another 136 Indonesians families have new homes, thanks in part to the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC).