Australian aid money put to good use
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.