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Agus and Liza’s story

Habitat for Humanity helped Agus and Liza rebuild their home after it was destroyed in the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. 10 years after, we take a look at how their lives have changed.

Habitat for Humanity worked in the most affected countries of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand, helping about 25,000 families to rebuild their homes and hope. Habitat focused on permanent housing solutions, using community-based strategies.
Aceh, Indonesia, was one of the areas worst-affected by the tsunami. 10 years on, families are looking ahead to the future with hope. Agus, his wife Liza and two children (pictured above) live in Pidie district. Their son Aditya Azhar, 13 has no memory of the tsunami while daughter Nayla Zaskia, 8, was born after the disaster. Agus and Liza, however live with the painful memories of the tsunami. The couple’s hope is that their children will never have to experience the horrors of such a disaster like they did 10 years ago.
Habitat for Humanity helped rebuild Agus and Liza’s home. In this time, Agus and Liza have worked hard to support their family. The couple makes cakes and donuts at home and take the pastries to sell at the central market. Liza also started making handbags after learning the skill from a friend. She takes up to three days to make a handbag and this provides additional income to support the family.
Three years after moving into their home Agus used his construction skills to make several home improvements to the family home. He constructed a patio and a kitchen, laid ceramic floor tiles, and strengthened the windows with metallic grilles, among other works. The family feel comfortable and safe in their home and are grateful to be given a second chance.
In the same village, Rusli (pictured below) and his extended family of 11 continue to live in the same house that Habitat for Humanity Indonesia built a decade ago. Rusli, 67, helped in Habitat’s reconstruction efforts when he provided data on the number of tsunami-affected families, the death toll, and the need for new houses.
Rebuilding after the tsunami was a gradual process, but today he and his family have a safe home to protect them from the elements and have a brighter future. These days, Rusli conducts religious classes, organises community gatherings and counsels and mediates between neighbours. His daughter, Yusniar wants to study medicine and return to her village to work as a doctor. Rusli’s granddaughter, Nural Andhika Putri, hopes to become a policewoman in order to be a role model to other women.
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Rusli and his family have a bright future ahead of them

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