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02/11/05 12:00AM
Total Collected:
US$ 69,122.10




Journal from the Ground
by Kelly Craft and Kari Krakow


Tuesday, February 22, 2005

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11:07AM- After breakfast, we toured some of the tsunami affected areas in Banda Aceh. The photo is of Prada, a former Police station, one of the many sights we saw that day. The devastation everywhere is shocking eventhough 2 months have passed since the quake and tsunami. Picture taken by Kari and Kelly.


 

12:55PM- Saiful has many meetings throughout the day at Syiah Kuala University. We toured the College of Science. He introduced us to his colleagues in the math department where he teaches. Four of his colleagues perished in the tsunami. One of the most difficult things for us is meeting wonderful people who have all lost family members and friends. When we are introduced, very often, they will tell us who in their family was lost.


3:04PM- Kelly and Kari meets volunteer teachers from PCC. (People’s Center for Children).


 


3:06PM- Baby Bear meets volunteer teachers from PCC. (People’s Center for Children).


 

3pm- Teachers from PCC provide an enrichment program for the displaced children in the Angan Village in Aceh Besar. The camps are called IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps. Saiful set up a meeting with them so we could discuss their work with the children in the camps and they could ask us questions about how we work with young children in American schools. Kari is modeling a greeting activity with Baby Bear. We shared the letters and drawings the children in Ithaca had written for Saiful and his friends. The PCC volunteers shared the drawings and writings from the children in the camps. They told us that many of the children come daily to draw pictures and write about their experiences of the tsunami. It was clear to us that these teachers are providing a safe and nurturing place where the children can share their stories and process their feelings.


4:46PM- Volunteer teachers from PCC examine school supplies donated by Ithaca Community. Picture taken by Kari and Kelly.


 

The teachers have been working with little or no supplies. We learned that it is very difficult to find safe and appropriate materials in Indonesia. Everyone was so appreciative of the donations. The donations will be placed at the various camps and will be available for children who need them.


5:07PM- After our meeting with the teachers, they introduced us to the children they are working with. The children and volunteer are singing their version of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”. Picture taken by Kari and Kelly.


 


5:15PM- The photo is of the village Krueng Raya, where some children come from. Saiful explained to us that the IDP camps are for people that no longer have any home or relatives to stay with. Picture taken by Kari and Kelly.


 

 

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