The General Council wishes to thank all the confreres, provinces and delegations which have given their con-tributions to help the victims of the tsunami in South-East Asia.
It was decided not to give our contributions to the usual international organizations but to the religious and missionary Institutes working in the countries struck by the disaster.
The General Council chose four male and four female Institutes.
Male Institutes: PIME, which is running projects aimed at generating income and work – rebuilding schools, pro-viding new boats for fishermen (on the islands of Andatane and Nicobar); The Divine Word Missionaries: who are helping to solve problems of water supply, rebuilding churches and schools, providing training workshops, primary assistance and boats (Nias, Banda Acheh, Sabang, Lhokseumawe and Singkil islands); the Guanellians who are at present running projects for the benefit of minors, for rebuilding houses, for supporting the work of fishermen and the adoption of families; and the Caritas Italiana.
Female Institutes: The Pious Disciples of Jesus who are working to rebuild homes in India; the Dominican Presentation Sisters who have as their priority the repair of boats in India; The Institutes of St. Vincent De Paul (male and female) which are helping children in Indonesia and Java; The Sisters of Charity of St. John Antida who work in Thailand.
In this way Comboni solidarity extends throughout most of the stricken area in different and complimentary sectors, where charitable works are part and parcel of the proclamation of the Word.