In December 2004 a major earthquake followed by a tsunami destroyed hundreds of kilometers of coastline on two continents. Entire towns, people’s livelihood vanished in an instant, and hundreds of thousands of people were killed. The tsunami had a devastating impact on countries from Somalia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, to Indonesia. In Indonesia the worst hit areas were in the western and northern portions of Aceh province. It was in this context that the AFSC along with hundreds of other humanitarian organizations entered Aceh to conduct disaster relief and reconstruction.