Tsunami Relief: Final Report
Monday, 10 October 2005 00:00

“Post Emergency Project to Support Children and their Families”

Surat Thani Diocese, Thailand

March – August 2005

 

Following the devastation of the December 26, 2004 tsunami in south-east Asia, AVSI used donated funds to support four projects in affected areas of Thailand and Sri Lanka, implemented through local partners and supported via multiple trips by AVSI personnel. AVSI-USA chose to direct the support collected from our friends in the US to the activities in Thailand.

 

One project in Thailand was entitled, “Post emergency project to support children and their families” and took place from March to August 2005 in the Surat Thani Diocese. The primary implementing partner was the congregation of the Salesian Sisters of Maria Ausiliatrice.

 

Objectives

The two main objectives of this post emergency project were:

Ø      To provide support to the Thai and Burmese families living in the area of Phang-Nga who lost their relatives and assets due to the tsunami, in order to promote the recovery of dignified living conditions.

Ø      To help families, and specifically minors, to overcome the psychological trauma they suffered by providing an environment in which they can begin looking at life and at reality with hope.

 

Description of activities and results achieved

The results achieved by this project were:

  • 52 Thai and Burmese families supported and provided with basic necessities;
  • 7 houses built and 10 repaired;
  • 3 villages equipped with wells and complete drinking water systems;
  • 15 fishing families received new engines as well as assistance to repair their boats; other fishermen received new working tools;
  • 80 children and their families benefited from the activities of the summer camps;
  • Over 100 children and adolescents attended the summer camp at Haad Yai.

 

Conclusions

The Salesian Sisters in Surat Thani diocese reached all the expected goals; thus the project achieved its main objective of contributing to the transition in the selected areas from an emergency situation to a post-emergency stage well positioned for a gradual recovery. Thanks to the support received and in particular the relationships built, the children and their families experienced the possibility of living a life full of dignity and hope.

 

In addition, the cooperative work between the local people in charge of the project and the beneficiaries strengthened friendly relationships grounded in solidarity and bound to last. Therefore, the projects have created a positive human and social context which is essential to the long-term development process in the region. The Salesian Sisters, and specifically Sisters Nadia, Annarosa and Caterina, followed the project implementation with dedication and professionalism, always working in collaboration with the direct beneficiaries within the framework of a  wider intervention plan coordinated by the Surat Thani Diocese and local authorities.