What We Do
We aim to help alleviate the sufferings of
persons affected by the tsunami in Aceh, especially the children
culturally appropriate manners; i.e. with full respect and sensitivity
of the culture, religion, values and beliefs of the Acehnese. We are
committed to facilitate local Acehnese groups in Aceh in relief and
rebuilding works which we foresee to take place between three to five
Our nature of work is fast and effective.
In only a week after the initiative was launched, Mahdi is already in
Aceh to assess valuable needs for us to provide relief. We aim to help
alleviate the suffering of the victims of the tsunami in Aceh. Our
mission is to build capacity within Aceh with the goal of empowering the
Acehnese to rebuild and improve their lives. We have very clear
objectives; that is to provide emergency tsunami relief and to
participate in the rebuilding efforts in Aceh.
Realizing that rebuilding community after
such catastrophic disaster is a long term endeavor, we have develop
longer term initiatives to promote programs that will eventually become
part of the normal infrastructure of daily life in Aceh. Aceh Relief
Fund will ensure that fund collected will reach the victims of the
tsunami, their family members, and all affected ones, in a timely manner
with minimal or no bureaucracy.
Immediate Relief Initiatives
Operating Mobile Clinic
Currently, your donations are supporting a number of immediate relief
initiatives that will be ongoing for at least next six months. The
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together with other local volunteer groups is now operating a
mobile clinic in Banda Aceh. The mobile clinic team consists of
two certified nurses, one certified midwives, two certified
paramedics, and two assistants. The clinic concentrates in
providing services to victims of the tsunami who stay with
relatives in and around Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar. Occasionally,
the clinic also extends their services to camps and shelters, if
and when there is a request for it.
Central New York: Aceh Relief Fund
banner is proudly displayed on the mobile clinic. Picture by
Our volunteer nurse administer
Vitamin A drops to a kid in Darussalam, Banda Aceh. Picture by
Delivering Relief Supplies
Our rented trucks and van enable direct
distribution of supplies to the victims of the tsunami. Aceh Relief Fund
is effective as we work within a network of volunteers who speak the
language, accustom with the culture, and familiar with the place.
Backboned by a number of young and educated Acehnese who return home
from abroad and other parts of Indonesia, this network bring relief
supplies to the victims who overlooked by larger aid organizations; i.e.
those who stay with relative instead of in camps and shelters.
Our volunteers seen here loading supplies onto pickup trucks for
distribution. Picture by Saiful.
Our volunteer delivering supplies to a family who take shelters in a
relative home. Picture by Saiful.
Rehabilitating and Rebuilding Schools
Medium Term Initiatives
The welfare of the children who are victims
of the tsunami is at the heart of Aceh Relief Fund initiative. Realizing
this, Aceh Relief Fund is adopting a school in Banda Aceh, Phi-Beta
Learning Center, that Saiful helped establish. Phi-Beta and its
remaining resources are geared to provide temporary schooling and to
function as an alternative, non-profit activity center for children.
Aceh Relief Fund has also identified a school at Saree in Aceh Besar
that can function as a boarding school and a community center that can
benefit the surrounding villages.
Phi-Beta Learning Center was partially damaged by the tsunami. Almost
95% of its collection of books was destroyed by the water. Another
Phi-Beta center was completely wiped out by the tsunami. Picture by
Saiful led the first Phi-Beta meeting after the quake and tsunami.
Eighteen teachers and staff, out of the original 70 attended the
meeting. The fates of the rest remain unknown. Picture by Saiful.
Mobilizing local Acehnese
With our network, we are not only working on physical rebuilding. We are
also mobilizing local Acehnese to be actively involved in rebuilding
PCC volunteers type in information of missing persons and other data.
They also produce necessary forms for reporting and logistics needs.
Nurses and paramedics are now part of our growing team of Acehnese
Long Term Initiative
Adopting a village/community
Aceh Relief Fund is contemplating of adopting a village or a community
and assists them towards rebuilding their destroyed lives. We are still
assessing the ground situation to decide for a site and to develop
strategic activities, whereby the benefits of the assistance can also be
shared with and enjoyed by the surrounding communities.
A village vista in Aceh prior to the tsunami.
Resilient people and local economy.