Monday, December 26, 2005

One Year Later

Today is the one-year anniversary of the tsunami that swamped so much of Southeast Asia. While I know that there are many agencies still working over there, World Vision is the one with which I am most familiar. Because they'd been in the area for 40 years before the tsunami hit, they had supplies, staff, and administrative infrastructure at the ready. If you'd like to see a bit of the things going on, here's a link to a two-minute video clip. For more information on other responses and programs, click here. Did you know that in some areas, the tsunami killed four times as many women as men? Out of tragedy springs hope - what else is left? From realized hope grows wisdom, strength, resilience, and joy.

3 Comments:

Blogger Granny said...

I'm pretty sure my church is still there as well. We usually are. Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes, when these things leave the headlines, they leave our minds as well.

Happy Boxing Day.

12/26/2005 09:38:00 PM  
Blogger Zero Latitude said...

Thanks for providing the reminder of last year's disaster. I think that, far from throwing cold water on Christmas and New Year's festivities, the story of what's happening in the tsunami areas is very appropriate for the season.

Yes, I think the operative word for the people around those parts is definitely "resilient".

12/29/2005 06:06:00 AM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Granny, Zero Latitude: There is still much to be done, of course, but they've accomplished so much! Life is a strange thing: a particular life is a fragile thing, but "Life", as in the life force, the will to live, the force of life in the world, is inexorable and powerful. A story of life continuing on after tremendous destruction is one of hope - apropriate for Christmas. An echo of the story of Jesus, now that I think on it.

p.s. to Zero Latitude: Welcome!

12/29/2005 07:56:00 AM  

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