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The Marist Tsunami Fund and its Activities - Second Year Update

14/03/2007: General House

A little more than two years ago, the world’s attention was drawn to the destruction and grief resulting from a nightmarish natural disaster. A great undersea earthquake gave rise to a tsunami that left hundreds of thousands dead and millions homeless throughout South Asia. Scientists tell us the magnitude of the quake was so intense, the entire earth vibrated.

Within hours of this catastrophe the media brought us images of devastation beyond anything many of us had ever seen. Along with the utter destruction we witnessed the anguish of individuals who lost everything - parents, children, homes, livelihoods, and in many cases, the will to live.

A calamity that brought desperation to millions, it sparked an unprecedented outpouring of humanitarian aid. Governments and public and private international relief agencies led the way. People around the world stepped forward and contributed to international, national and local campaigns in record numbers.

As reports from our brothers in Sri Lanka and India reached the General House telling of the destruction they were seeing, we too began a campaign throughout the Institute to raise funds to help with relief projects they were involved in or recommended to our attention. By this time last year, at the end of the first year of the campaign $1,181,216.81 USD was raised thanks to the generosity of the provinces and contributions from several funding agencies who have helped us in the past. Disbursements totaling $293,683.45 were made from the fund for projects in India and Sri Lanka, leaving $887,533.36 remaining in the tsunami fund on February 14, 2006.

This report, Rebuilding Hope: Second Year Update, prepared by the Bureau of International Solidarity, covers the fund’s activities during 2006, the second year of the fund’s existence. The report offers information on the projects the fund has sustained in the past year.

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