When disaster devastates a large area:
Indian Ocean and Japan tsunamis
Adapt these questions for use in public schools, Christian schools, other private schools, homeschools, and other groups. Correct responses in blue.
1. What disaster happened in the Indian Ocean area in December 2004? (Earthquake and Tsunami)
2. What disaster happened in Japan on March 11, 2011? (Earthquake and Tsunami)
3. How many countries were affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami? (1.8 million people were left homeless in 13 countries.)
4. How high were the waves that destroyed whole villages? In Sri Lanka the waves were 30 feet high; in Indonesia the waves were 75-90 feet high, in Japan some waves were as high as 90-100 feet high.
5. How many people died in the disaster? (In just 7 hours, Indian Ocean tsunami killed 230,000 people; in Japan, the tsunami left more than 16,000 people dead.)
6. How were the survivors’ lives affected?
7. What is REAL. LIFE. like for children who live through natural disasters?
Children who live through disasters suffer deep trauma. Our volunteer trauma specialists worked with children just days after the tsunami hit. They had the children draw pictures of their experience, then with the help of a translator talk about the picture with the trauma counselor. Read what one of the children said about her picture and then what the trauma counselor said about the drawing:
“I saw the sea, and people in the waves. I wish I could close my eyes forever.”
—Khairioti, age 11, Indonesia
Khairioti survived because her parents grabbed her and ran to the hills right after the earthquake and before the tsunami. She has no face or eyes in the drawing because she does not want to see what is happening. The sun is tiny and crying. Her home was washed away by the water, as were her cousins and extended family members. The person in the water is her best friend. Khairioti used almost no color, which reflects her mood as she is drawing.
8. If you could say something to Khairioti, what would you say?
9. How long will the recovery from the tsunami disasters take?
10. How is Medical Teams International helping the people in Sri Lanka and Indonesia?
Long after the media move on, Medical Teams International still offers assistance. During the relief phase of disaster response after the Indian Ocean tsunami, our medical teams provided medical care and also trained health care workers to replace those who had died. We also sent trauma specialists to work with the children and train others to detect and respond to traumatic stress. During the recovery phase of disaster response, we sent (1) teams to help local staff provide medical training and (2) medicines and supplies to help clinic and hospitals recover from the devastation. During the development phase, we trained first responders in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) throughout the country of Sri Lanka.
11. What would it be like to lose everything you owned, including possibly some family members?
Think about it
1. How can you make a difference by giving, acting, praying, or volunteering?
2. If you had $100, how would you use it to help people?
3. You can pray for people affected by disaster [PDF].