December 2014 marked the 10-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Ten years after their lives were ripped apart by the unimaginable, families have settled into new homes, new jobs and new lives thanks to support from One Great Hour of Sharing.
On December 26, 2004, a Tsunami struck Southern Asia and Africa, impacting lives in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Somalia. Two large waves altered the course of thousands of lives. Through One Great Hour of Sharing support partners in the area responded to the emergency with temporary shelter, food, sanitation, water, medical care, counseling and later with rebuilding of houses, community livelihoods and a sense of normalcy. Of course, with losses as massive as the one the tsunami caused, normal is relative. People will forever remember the lives lost, either in their own families, or in the families of their neighbors and friends.
Today, life in the regions impacted by the 2004 tsunami is no longer a story of traumatized people living in the shadows of the huge wave of water. Instead, much attention is focused on the problems of the day, and disasters more recent in the memories of the minds of the people.
Your gifts helped people recover. Although many will never forget the day and weeks immediately following such a harrowing experience, signs of hope, love and laughter are present today.