When the Indian Ocean tsunami struck on 26 December 2004, the world responded with an unprecedented level of generosity and support.
Billions of dollars were pledged to aid the recovery effort. And in the days and months following the disaster, UNICEF received more than $625 million in donations from all around the world.
Now, nearly one year later, UNICEF has issued ‘Building Back Better’, a one-year update on its continuing effort to help rebuild the lives of children affected by the tsunami.
The update shows how your support has made a tremendous difference. In the past year in the tsunami zone:
- Approximately 3.5 million people have benefited from UNICEF’s assistance
- Nearly 1.4 million children have received emergency educational supplies
- 1.2 million children were vaccinated against measles, and over half a million women and children received anti-malarial bednets
These achievements are only the beginning. UNICEF’s spending in this first phase of recovery has focused on basic supplies, temporary construction, training and capacity-building, and on mobilizing the relief effort.
But the long-term process of recovery is ongoing. Psychosocial support continues to be provided for thousands of children. And the work to build back the region’s schools, health clinics, water and sanitation infrastructure, and housing goes on every day.
Last year’s outpouring of public support gave UNICEF the necessary resources to help the survivors of the tsunami rebuild their lives. That rebuilding continues one year on, and your continued support makes it all possible.
For every child
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