Special focus: Volunteers' role in 2004 tsunami relief & recovery
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28 June 2005
Volunteer experts bring new hope to South Asian tsunami victims 
Skilled international volunteers are supplementing local staff and volunteers in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand in tsunami recovery efforts in these countries. Volunteers bring not only skills, but sorely needed encouragement and energy as they build alongside local volunteers and homeowners.   Read article

27 June 2005
Volunteers: Heart and soul of Sri Lanka's tsunami response 
Until six months ago, Dilshard Ahamed, 22, worked in his family-owned guesthouse. In his quiet manner he explains that while he only recently joined the Red Cross as a staff member, he has been volunteering with the Red Cross for the past 2 years. Drawing from his volunteer experience, he was able to provide first aid and, later, relief distribution when the devastating tsunami struck Sri Lanka.   Read article

Smiling Sri Lankan child. 
(Source: BBC News)
20 June 2005
Answering the call to action 
After the Indian Ocean tsunami, Sri Lankan mother Indrani Nakandalage became a volunteer worker, almost by fluke, when friends from abroad started to send her money to buy provisions for the victims. Six months on, she tells her story -- how she has been able to bring back children's smiles and give them the chance to live life anew.  Read article

Iv Tipraksa organizes a group of foreign tourists for the cleanup of Thailand's Phi Phi Island. Since the tsunami, more than 2,000 travelers have volunteered here. (Photo by Simon Montlake/Christian Science Monitor)
30 May 2005
Backpacker brigade 
It started with a handful of foreign longtime residents volunteering in January, a couple of weeks after the devastating tsunami struck the island of Hi Phi Phi in Thailand, a favorite budget destination. As word got out, volunteers began trickling in, by mid-May, around 2,000 volunteers were reconstructing the island.  Read article

04 April 2005
Sri Lanka: Volunteers provide vital link to beneficiaries 
The air is full of dust as energetic Sri Lanka Red Cross volunteers carry tsunami debris away from a destroyed house. Every day, ten houses in Beruwala are cleaned up by Red Cross and community volunteers. Their work helps identify basic needs and immediate solutions, speeding up the mental and physical recovery of the affected communities.  Read article

04 April 2005
Medical volunteers head for earthquake-hit island 
Project HOPE has announced that it is sending 50 volunteers, including physicians and nurses, to Nias, an island off the west coast of Sumatra, to provide medical care to earthquake victims.  Read article

23 March 2005
100 days of compassion 
When the killer tsunami struck South Asia, Mickey Howley was thousands of miles away, safe and sound in the United States. Mickey is no stranger to volunteerism. As a long-distance runner, he has participated in motivating those new to the sport achieve their goals. He has volunteered at a hospital doing outpatient release, has participated in hurricane clean-up work and gives blood regularly.  Read article

21 March 2005
The house that women built 
The first time that four construction students -- Debbie Churchill, Shane Beldom, Sue Edmonds and Elaine Byrd -- heard of the charity Habitat for Humanity was when the director of their training provider invited them into his office and told them they had been selected to join a mercy mission to Sri Lanka.  Read article

02 March 2005
Red Cross maps out long-term tsunami action plan 
More than 100 representatives from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are gathering in Hong Kong, to set out its long-term plan of action for survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami of last December 26.  Read article

28 February 2005
Medical volunteers partner with tsunami survivors 
Northwest Medical Teams' volunteers in post-tsunami South Asia continue to focus on targeted projects in the region, working with local groups, schools and ministries of health to help thousands of hurting families rebuild their lives.  Visit site

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