Helping victims of earthquakes and tsunamis


The new buildings at YACAN Children's Home provide office, accomodation and classroom space.

A grant from BEATS of approximately £1,800 provided funding for the furnishings as shown in these photographs including 2 air-conditioning units and the safety railings.

The YACAN staff wanted to show the children what it would be like to eat at a proper restaurant, and how to behave and act in this setting.

So on the 21st November, they laid tables, cooked food and waited upon the children so they could have this experience.

September 2020. The YACAN children have been having online lessons provided by their YASAH school teachers using Zoom, Youtube and WhatsApp for approximately 6 months. Saut takes us around the children during their home school lessons and asks them how they are getting on, and if they prefer home school to normal school. Royen gives a teacher's perspective; Jehin, Friska, Okto, Aldi and Icha demonstrate their excellent English speaking as they respond!

YACAN grow crops at the children's home to supplement their diet; the boys show us around their vegetable garden in this video.

August 2020 - Preparing chillis, composting, growing flies for fish food, and the new enterprise selling cooking gas.

This video shows the YACAN children going about some of their tasks.

30th May - Working in the garden

23rd May - Harvesting fish, and making new mattresses.

Here are the YACAN teachers - from left; Oscar, Patricia, Aldi, Messy, Febri, Sonya, Saut, Iin, & Aldo. As the new school term commences,YACAN have bought all the children new books for the academic year with money supplied by BEATS. Here are some of the children with their new resources.

YACAN children's home, Deli Tua, Medan, Indonesia, is a Christian home, currently housing 34 children, most of whom are earthquake and tsunami victims. The home is purpose built, and includes a fish farm and areas to grow fruit and food in order to be as self sufficient as possible.



The children under the age of 14 are home schooled by the staff and university students, they have rented the house next door to use as a school, and also use some of the new building on site as classrooms. The photos below show the buildings and Saut taking English conversation and grammar classes. The High School children travel to the YASAH school (see YASAH page) each day; BEATS provided funds in 2016 for a replacement vehicle for this purpose (see below).

A house has been purchased for the older students who are attending university. This is enabling them to start learning to be independent, whilst they study at university. One of our team members is staying with them at the house.

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The wave that hit Banda Aceh on Boxing Day 2004 was over 90 feet high, it took the top off this Coastal Beacon

The wave destroyed virtually everything in it's path

The debris built into a huge dam in the town centre, which slowed the wave. The rest of the town was flooded

Thousands of people were killed, and many injured. Here are some survivors' stories of their experiences as told to BEATS:

Mother of three children (K, Z & F): I feel like an angel helped me because I was pregnant (with F). I was floating in the water. Z, who was 18 months old, was held by a neighbour, floating. They stayed on the roof. I found Z and the neighbour after a week! I found K the same day. His clothes were torn. I remember their father said "Run away to a high place - to a roof". My house was near the beach so the water was very fast. The small wave became bigger and bigger and from different sides it became one big block of water. I was waiting to deliver a baby. A neighbour stayed safe with us, but my husband was not safe - after three days we knew that he had died. I was asking about Z. I had no news except that someone thought they saw her near the mosque. I went to Ketapang and found her there. I was thinking that she had died, but some people said they had seen her and our neighbour. I was looking at the victims on the street for four days after the tsunami but I didn't see her. I praise God that I held onto K and ran away and that the baby was safe. We kept trying to find Z - walking far, and then three days later we found her and went back to Sigli. My husband's brother kept looking for him, but he was not found. After delivering F I went back to Laksana and stayed with my mother-in-law. When I met Z she already had help but she had stress trauma. K was scared but not as bad because I met him the same day. (Z born in 2003)

R was 6 and has a Mum and an older brother (11). Her father and three siblings died in the tsunami and they also lost their house. They are now living in another village. They were floating in the water and were rescued by others. They still have nightmares and are scared of heavy rain, thunder, strong wind etc. and R does not like being in the house alone. However it is a comfort living in a village of people with similar experiences. The mum cried while talking to us, R said she does not discuss the tsunami with friends. Y and E: Y's mother and 2 brothers were killed in the tsunami. Her smaller brother was holding E's ankle, while E held onto a tree, but lost his grip as they were both swept along. Y's mother went to find the older brother; Y never saw her again. She now lives with her Aunt.

R and his sister S lived with their family close to the water. They had been sent to their uncle's house for the night so they did not annoy their older siblings. Their uncle told us he had to choose whether to try and get to R & S's family or save his own. None of R & S's family survived.F & M: F stayed on the roof opposite her grandmother's house all day. She & M were reunited that evening and were told that both their parents had died. Their parents were near where the mass grave is now situated. M was at the main mosque when the tsunami occurred; he dreams about his parents.

Approximately 1,000 NGOs (Non-Government Organisations) went to Banda Aceh and helped with emergency aid, clearing up & rebuilding. Most have now left; BEATS is continuing to support orphaned children who are living with relatives.

The State Governors have expressed their gratitude for all the assistance rendered, by erecting monuments thanking all the countries that came to their aid. The Central Park has a tear drop shaped plaque for each country, like the United Kingdom shown here.

This Generator Barge was washed approximately 2 miles inland by the tsunami; it has now been converted into a tourist attraction. The photo below was taken from it looking back towards the coast; the sea can just be seen in front of the distant hills. All the buildings seen have been built since the tsunami, apart from a few wrecked buildings left as a testament to the destructive power of the sea.

One of the reasons the tsunami caused the deaths of so many people both in Aceh and in other countries was the lack of any advance warning. DART buoys have now been installed out in the Indian Ocean which monitor the movement of water in order to give a vital warning should a similar situation develop.

A tsunami disaster research facility has been built in Aceh so that in the future more will be known about them and how to respond better when such emergencies arise.


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