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Insights from humanitarian aid team in Banda Aceh

Icare 15 - Fishing boat

One of our commissioned fishing boats being built, regarded by local fishermen as the best in the province.

Family Care Indonesia project managers Thomas and Katrina Bergstrom, with volunteers Nina and Merrill, and newly donated ambulance. Family Care Indonesia project managers Thomas and Katrina Bergstrom, with volunteers Nina and Merrill, and newly donated ambulance.

 Inside view of the fully equipped ambulance, which now provides a free 24/7 service in Aceh.   Inside view of the fully equipped ambulance, which now provides a free 24/7 service in Aceh.

Family Care Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Sometimes we look back on the initial funding that we received from Family Care Foundation to build fishing boats and marvel at what has transpired. Our initial relief work had put us in touch with fishermen from various villages, and this factor played a big part in Family Care Indonesia determining that the focus of our efforts would be supplying boats to help jump start the source of livelihood for tsunami affected villagers.

The boat yard that produced the boats for our program has quickly gained a reputation for building "real boats”, possibly the best in the province, which many people have come around to see.

The shipyards are now getting orders for boats from others as a result. FCF's financial assistance is not only providing the seed corn to supply boats for fisherman, providing them with a livelihood, but this program also has inspired others and become a catalyst for stimulating the local economy.

Recently the director of a large energy company here in Jakarta donated a new ambulance valued at over $35,000 for use in Aceh. At the time, this donor shared a dream that he and university friends had conceived years ago --- to set up a free, 24-hour ambulance service in Aceh, complete with hotline phone, medic and all. Having learned about our work here, the director decided to give the ambulance through Family Care Indonesia.

After coordinating this undertaking with a community leader in Banda Aceh, we are happy to announce that this free ambulance service is now a reality.

For a more in-depth and chronological account of Indonesian tsunami relief> Family Care Indonesia.