Angels Around the World
Millions of you wanted to help. So we teamed up with three worldwide relief organizations—and, most importantly, with you, our viewers! Thanks to your outpouring of generosity, Oprah's Angel Network responded immediately with a million dollar donation.
Waves of water reduced most local businesses to rubble. Now, more than 50 restaurants and tea shops are operational thanks to essential supplies nicknamed "restaurant kits," while temporary tourist cabanas give visitors a place to stay until hotels can be rebuilt. And, Mercy Corps is helping impoverished fishermen stay afloat by providing materials to repair nets and boats. All are important steps to heal the decimated economy and restore hope.
Habitat's Roshan Peries explains, "By using the Internet [to collect] funds, Habitat will be building permanent homes which will give them hope for a better future."
As the new buildings go up, hope for the community grows. "Kids smile," says Free the Children's founder, Craig Kielburger. "They laugh. They sing. Most importantly, they're hopeful. They're talking about their dreams again."