Aus­tralian aid money put to good use

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AUS­TRALIAN aid money has helped build 65 schools and homes for more than 200,000 peo­ple, two years on from the dev­as­tat­ing south-east Asian tsunami.

New fig­ures re­leased by Catholic aid agency Car­i­tas show Aus­tralian aid money has been used across the re­gion.

‘‘Of the $23.2 mil­lion do­nated to Car­i­tas Aus­tralia for tsunami re­lief and re­con­struc­tion, all our funds have been al­lo­cated,’’ Car­i­tas chief ex­ec­u­tive Jack de Groot said.

The do­na­tions have also helped build a hospi­tal and two health clin­ics on one of the is­lands hard­est hit by the tsunami, Aceh, along with four com­mu­nity cen­tres and 4168 homes across Sri Lanka.

‘‘Our fo­cus on work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties to re­spond di­rectly to their needs through or­gan­i­sa­tions that are on the ground has been very suc­cess­ful,’’ Mr de Groot said.

The peace ac­cord be­tween the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment and Aceh had, Mr de Groot said, greatly helped aid de­liv­ery.

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