BURBANK, CA (December 21, 2005) – The December 26, 2004 tsunami killed

170,000 people in Aceh, Indonesia, left 500,000 others without homes, and

devastated the infrastructure in the region. Approaching the one year

anniversary, Islamic Relief has completed several reconstruction projects for

tsunami survivors in addition to its initial emergency relief activities. These

projects include rebuilding schools, health facilities, and homes for tsunami

survivors.

On December 20, Islamic Relief proudly handed over the keys to the Labuy

School headmaster in Aceh Besar, as about 80 children playfully ran into their

new classrooms. Islamic Relief will hand over two more schools on December

23 in Meulaboh in the hard-hit west coast of Aceh. The schools will each

serve about 200 children who have been attending classes in barracks and

tents for the past year.

On Saturday December 24, Islamic Relief will hand over ten fully

reconstructed and equipped health clinics to the local authorities in Banda

Aceh and Aceh Besar, Indonesia. These clinics have been applauded by local

authorities as exemplary facilities.

Islamic Relief will observe the one-year Anniversary on December 26 in a

special ceremony that is being organized by the Indonesian Government. It is

expected that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other international

dignitaries will pay respects to the victims of the tsunami at a special, public

memorial site that Islamic Relief constructed with support from the United

Nations. The site is designed to allow survivors to pay respects to friends and

family members that died in the tsunami.

Islamic Relief’s post-tsunami activities have benefited about 150,000 people

in Aceh. Islamic Relief began relief operations in Aceh one day after the

tsunami.

The media is encouraged to attend these activities in Indonesia and cover

the progress of the relief efforts. Contact information for media in Indonesia is

provided below.

Media Contact:

Arif Khan

Islamic Relief – Banda Aceh, Indonesia

info@islamic-relief.or.id

+(62) 815 3421 0262 mobile

**Notes for media professionals planning to cover the event**

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