After the tsunami EA focused on three key areas to revive the communities: economic activities, returning children to school, and rehousing victims. EA cleaned, reorganized, and reconstructed Pasi Pekan Baru's fish market, refloated 12 large fishing boats, constructed 47 small traditional boats, rebuilt 5 schools (4 more are under construction), and built 617 permanent houses.
The 5 schools had a total of 1,177 students, and the fishing boat reconstruction aided a community of 1,961 people.
260 of the houses were funded by the Australian Red Cross
EA won the IFI Award 2005 for the quality of design in the service of humanity and the International Trophy IMERYS for exemplary initiatives in the field of sustainable developement.
After the earthquake, 121,679 homes were severely damaged and 250,000 families were rendered homeless. 3,108 classrooms were damaged as well. EA has decided to rehabilitate four schools using earthquake resistant construction teqniques, and is currenly looking for funding to begin the project.
Pariaman region of West Sumatra, Indonesia
The 4 schools have a total of 680 students and 34 teachers. The other inhabitants of the villages will also indirectly benefit.