Sustainability for Tsunami Victims

These boats are motorized or non-motorized fiberglass craft; each cost approximately $3500.

 Fiberglass boats being fabricated by local craftsmen.

Fiberglass boats being fabricated by local craftsmen.

 Humanitarian aid includes the servicing and rebuilding of boat engines.

Humanitarian aid includes the servicing and rebuilding of boat engines.

 One of the first fabricated boats being carried to sea.  One of the first fabricated boats being carried to sea.

 The maiden launching of a fishing boat financed and built through the Community Boat Project.  The maiden launching of a fishing boat financed and built through the Community Boat Project

FCF Project Partners and volunteers of Family Care Foundation have been on the ground in India, Thailand and Indonesia since the day after the tsunami tragedy, responding to the most urgent needs, as well continuing to assess upcoming needs.

Thank you to each of you who have contributed to FCF's Tsunami Relief Fund. Individuals, classes of elementary students, retirees, corporations, small business owners (replete with their entrepreneurial fundraising initiatives), all have joined in this effort. And on behalf of thousands of people in Southeast Asia, we thank each one of you! As per our commitment, 100% of each donation designated for tsunami relief has been sent to fund relief efforts directly benefiting tsunami survivors in the hardest hit areas in India, Indonesia and Thailand.

This truly is an unprecedented endeavor. Following FCF's ongoing tsunami relief efforts provides you, our donors, with a unique and valuable window of opportunity to see first-hand the dollar-for-dollar value that overseas charitable giving affords. It's simply unmatched as far as other types of giving go. For a relatively modest sum, certainly when related to North American standards, entire villages can be assisted and the livelihood of hundreds of families can be restored through well-targeted aid.

Once the immediate emergency needs had been addressed, FCF project partners focused their efforts on longer-term sustainability of the fishermen most affected by the disaster. To paraphrase an old proverb, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Give a village fishing a boat and you feed them for life."

The Community Boat Project was initiated in India with other local non-governmental organizations and now encompasses 4 districts of Tamil Nadu, the coastal area hardest hit in India. A similar boat building project initiative remains under way in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, spearheaded by Family Care Indonesia.

With the realization that it is not possible to provide a boat for every single fisherman, this initiative provides a number of fiberglass fishing boats, engines and nets to villages, which are then jointly used by the fishermen for the common good of their community. Villagers who have never owned a boat have organized into groups, with boats presented in the name of the group, but operated by the village administration.

Income derived from their fishing is used for the sustenance of the entire village until such time as the government can step in with compensation. After this, the village administration will hand over these boats to the groups in whose name they were bought. Henceforth, the members of these groups will become the sole beneficiaries of their daily catch.

Additional humanitarian assistance programs included providing tool sets for carpenters and boat salvage organizations, the servicing and rebuilding of boat engines, desalinating farmlands, rebuilding and renovating a school, providing text books and tuition sponsorship, manning a temporary orphanage in Thailand housing 300 tsunami orphans, as well as providing emotional healing programs in all three countries.

For more in-depth news, stories and information regarding ongoing tsunami relief efforts by FCF project partners, please click the following link: Tsunami