Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that swept through Asia, forever changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. In total, 227,898 people were killed or were missing and presumed dead and about 1.7 million people were displaced in 14 countries in South Asia and East Africa. The tsunami caused more casualties than any other in recorded history.
In the days and weeks following the catastrophe, there was an outpouring of support and commitment from Lutherans who put their faith into action by supporting the mission and ministry of Lutheran World Relief.
Individuals and congregations generously contributed more than $19 MILLION IN PRIVATE DONATIONS TO LWR. This overwhelming generosity — unprecedented in LWR’s history — allowed us to provide life-saving aid to communities and commit to the long-term recovery of the region during the past decade. Your commitment enabled us to provide survivors with tools, knowledge, and resources to not only rebuild their lives but become stronger and more resilient communities.
We are pleased to report on the tremendous inroads made over the last 10 years, all thanks to your support. This work required significant engagement with our trusted local partners and local authorities, as well as — and perhaps most important — at the grassroots level, with communities themselves having the most influential voices. On behalf of all of us at LWR and those we serve, thank you for your continued generosity.