This is a study of ripples spawned by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. Waves powered by tragedy, bravery, unity and emergency; propagated through time by the hopes and limits of recovery; receding every year just as aid operations dwindle.
Where are the survivors today, especially in Aceh and Sri Lanka, conflict zones when the worst of the quake and tsunami hit?
Where are the beneficiaries of recovery projects?
Where are the contributors of that aid and how will they view their gift’s legacy?
The goals of the Tsunami Plus 10 project are to:
- Inspire renewed interest in Aceh and Sri Lanka;
- Inform future international programs, especially in the rush of disaster;
- Explore donor expectations in order to inspire more confident philanthropy and stewardship; and
- Generate gifts to the Tsunami Renewal Fund, to leverage our research and insights for renewed impact. (Donate here, and inquire for more info)
We will travel to Asia at least once each year (Sri Lanka, Aug. 2012; Aceh 2013; tbd 2014).
With a team of advisors, I will research and interview:
- Local leaders in politics, development and the arts
- Give2Asia projects and beneficiaries
- Contributors and philanthropists
- Other aid organizations active in tsunami recovery — and in disasters such as Katrina and Haiti
- With a focus on Aceh and Sri Lanka, as the two hardest hit regions and places I visited in winter 2005. India and Thailand will be added as time and funding allows.
- Let me know what else you’d like to see, including a virtual giving circle, more arts content, etc.
Note, this is a personal project: the relationship with Give2Asia and The Asia Foundation is limited to select research; there is no project relationship with my current employer and this is pursued on personal time; the project is self-funded at present — contact me to expand the work!