About Aceh Relief Fund
In the morning of December 26th, in South-East Asia, the Indian
Ocean had opened its maw; swallowing islands and people, and taking away
lives that neither expected nor acknowledged what they were seeing.
Within minutes, hundreds of thousands of lives is forever altered in
unfathomable ways, including one of Ithaca’s own. Within four hours,
eleven countries had a percentage of their population stripped off the
Aceh Relief Fund (ARF) is a direct front in response to the catastrophe in South-East Asia with the aim to fund Saiful and other volunteers in their quest of providing emergency relief to the victims of the tsunami in Aceh. ARF is about people – people who are committed to making a difference in the lives of thousands of victims of the tsunami in Aceh, especially those who are most vulnerable, namely children and women. Headquartered in Ithaca New, York, ARF is fortunate to have networks of active volunteers in Aceh and in the United States.
» We utilized local network of volunteers
In addition, ARF depends on the expertise of local Aceh professionals to make assessments and carry out prospective projects. Our representative in Aceh, who themselves are Acehnese are not only embedded within the network of volunteers and activists, but more crucially, provides leadership in selected activities of the network. Our direct involvements within these networks help to ensure the disbursement of fund reaching the victims of the tsunami, in a timely manner with minimal bureaucracy.
» We focus on the most vulnerable (children and women) in areas most needed by them (health and education)
ARF strives to service Acehnese who are most vulnerable, namely women and children and other Internally Displaced Persons . Most of our activities are concentrated in two areas namely, health and education. Access to the IDPs by ARF is made possible through its local network of voluntary organizations which have been collecting appropriate database on tsunami victims who do not live in camps and shelters, and thus, often being overlooked by major relief agencies. The IDPs are being visited by ARF’s volunteers on a regular basis to ensure adequate and continuous access to relief supplies.
» We plan for flexible immediate and long term initiatives
Besides providing relief in the immediate term, ARF has a longer term vision to promote programs that will eventually become part of the normal infrastructure of daily life in Aceh. Continuous update of the situations and needs on the ground are transmitted and evaluated collaboratively between ARF and its local partners. The information is used to develop new programs or as feedback to strengthen existing programs.
ARF commitment to facilitate active involvement of local Acehnese in relief and rebuilding works will enable them to develop necessary capacities to lead their community to become less dependent on external assistance in the future. Training programs will be developed and implemented by ARF and its affiliates to further harness leadership skills among local Acehnese.
» We stress on futuristic aspect of the assistance
ARF programs are very visionary as it
stresses on the futuristic aspect of the re-development of Aceh. We
believe that quick revitalization of local economy is essential to
quicken the pace of the recovery, both among the people and the Province
of Aceh (NAD). Many of our programs are geared towards facilitating to spur
the local economy. In addition, besides focusing on schooling fro
children, we also stress on educating adult members of the community to
encourage them to play active roles in reshaping the future of Aceh.