After the catastrophe that struck South East Asia on December26, 2004, the Don Bosco Network (a group of Salesian, European NGOs working for human and social development, especially for poor and abandoned children around the world) immediately offered help to people affected by the tsunami.
We played our part especially in Sri Lanka, Thailand, India and Indonesia - those nations most affected by the Tsunami.
Once the intial emergency phase was handled (food water medicines, and other provision for basic needs) we moved on to reconstruction: somewhere to live, support for the restarting of primary, secondary and technical schooling, and regenerating possibilities for livlihood.
Funds sent up to December 19, 2005:
For what has been achieved up to this point and for projects still underway (contingencies, rebuilding), the DBN - Don Bosco Network - has disbursed to the affected areas: 8.732.342 euro.
In Sri Lanka: 3.963.683 euro.
In India: 3.732.656 euro.
In Thailandia: 539.078 euro.
In Indonesia: 496.925 euro.
For more details, see the VIS website; VIS coordinates the Don Bosco Network.
We would like to express our thanks to those who have supported us and continue to do so, for their belief in our work to create the kind of world that we believe can exist.
Fr Francis Alencherry, SDB
Councillor General for the Missions
Il Don Bosco Network:
Don Bosco International, Roma
Noi per Loro, Torino
Jugend Eine Welt, Vienna
Jugend Dritte Welt, Bonn
Jovenes Tercer Mundo, Madrid
VIS - Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo, Roma (Coordiatore)