Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief Fund expanded its reach to assist separated and unattached children as a result of the devastating Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. Aceh, Indonesia was at the epicentre of the tsunami and some 30 000 children in Banda Aceh were left homeless and without the support of families. What started from a tent orphanage has now developed into the permanent and award winning Children’s Care Centre. Youth Off the Streets Overseas Relief Fund was able to achieve this by partnering with Indonesia’s second largest Islamic community organisation, Muhammadiyah.
In 2005, the Youth Off the Streets Overseas Relief Fund/Muhammadiyah Children’s Care Centre was the winner of the 2005 Tsunami Appeal, with the Fundraising Institute of Australia declaring:
“Although working in an environment of extreme urgency, their aid project was well managed, exceeded its targets and brought about an impressive and continuing alliance between Muslim and Christian communities.”