Special focus: Volunteers' role in 2004 tsunami relief & recovery
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18 February 2005
'Aid tourists' pass test of time 
In the weeks that followed the tsunami, tourists started returning to Sri Lanka - but many were not there for a holiday, they went to help in the relief effort.  Visit site

09 February 2005
The unlikely volunteers 
They don't exactly spring to mind when considering who should be first on the ground in a disaster zone. But with charities sitting on a mountain of cash given in response to the tsunami appeal, the scramble is now on for perhaps the most unlikely subspecies of aid worker: accountants.  Visit site

04 February 2005
Amid tsunamis’ destruction volunteering spirit spreads 
Since the tsunamis struck on 26 December 2004, the UN Volunteers programme continues to expand its presence in the affected countries. To date, some 40 UNVs are in these countries, here are some their stories.   Read article

28 January 2005
Heroes by the sea 
So cruel was the killer Asian tsunami in its fury that people surged forward, like never before, to help those who had lost everything. Doctors, relief workers, government officials, young people and countless others who worked tirelessly, unflinchingly and selflessly. In a special Indian Republic Day feature, rediff.com celebrates Indian men and women for setting examples of public good through their stories and pictures.  Visit site

28 January 2005
Students get creative with tsunami responses 
Within days of 26 December tsunami disaster, high school students from NetAid’s Global Citizen Corps (GCC), a program which empowers high school students in the US to educate and mobilize their peers in campaigns to fight global poverty, were taking action. From organizing dollar drives to charity sports events, talent shows and walk-a-thons, GCC Leaders came up with creative ways to support those affected by the tsunami.  Visit site

28 January 2005
Tsunami Volunteers: Too Much of a Good Thing? 
In the days following the Asian tsunami, many people were surprised to hear that aid agencies were turning down volunteers' offers to help. At a time of such tremendous need, when many experts were predicting the largest volunteer effort ever, what's a volunteer to think?  Read article

27 January 2005
24 hours, 40 stories  
Four weeks after the tsunami that shook the world, people in affected countries and beyond are beginning to put their lives back together. In a special report, UK's national paper, The Guardian, asked survivors, relatives and volunteers across 12 countries how they spent yesterday, one month on.  Visit site

21 January 2005
How volunteers provided help to tsunami survivors 
Volunteers have been helping the tsunami victims in many different ways: from distributing food, clothes, drinking water and medicines to cleaning up the debris and searching for the missing. They have been burying or cremating the dead, treating the injured and carrying them to relief camps or medical centres and providing emotional support.   Read article

21 January 2005
Hilltop hotel turned into tsunami rescue center 
When Asia's tsunami struck this famous beach resort town but spared their Hilltop Nature Resort, owner Somporn Sintop and his son didn't hesitate: They drove through the area, picked up 200 stranded tourists - many of them injured - and gave them food and shelter. Today, about 150 local and foreign volunteers are working in the modest resort’s reception area, turned into a relief centre, and staying at its 40 wooden cabins - for free.  Visit site

Searching for bodies with other rescue volunteers in Brunei.
(Source: Brunei Direct).
21 January 2005
Moved by human suffering  
The moment Uncle Jax arrived, the destruction he saw was beyond his imagination. Even after hearing the news and watching the pictures on TV before he arrived did not prepare him for what he had gone through the past week. As he walked around of Aceh, he realised what a natural disaster can do to the mankind. Never in his life did he ever imagine he would be playing a role in aiding the relief effort.   Read article

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