I have a millionaire friend in Irving who has agreed
to donate to the fishing boat.
I think he would donate $1500 and maybe two challenge
grants for $1500. Then we could raise a matching $3000
and buy two boats. If we thought largely, we can do
this. Then, as we present a check to Austin
International Rescue, I can write the story up for the
Irving Rambler because we have several Irving
residents who are Returned Peace Corps Volunters. We
would get publicity.
--- Carl Youngberg <Carl@...
> i think this might be a good donation target for ourhttp://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/082205dninttsunami.815
> OctoberFiesta Fund
> Raising Dinner on Sat. night October 1. Brynne,
> could you get a letter from
> Aaron about what he is doing in relation to the
> Peace Corps? That might be
> good to put in the publicity.
> From: North_Texas_Peace_Corps@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:North_Texas_Peace_Corps@yahoogroups.com] On
> Behalf Of Brynne Sissom
> Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2005 6:03 PM
> To: Ed Hromatka; Kathy Carson; Jerry Hamm; Gary
> Zimny; Garrett Sauve; North
> Texas Peace Corps
> Subject: [N Tx Peace Corps] Re: Fw: Dallas Morning
> News - 8.22.05 -- Texans
> help revive an Aceh tradition
> Ed, I was inspired by this story too. I've been in
> touch with Aaron by email already. If we wanted to
> sponsor a boat, they say it's around $3000. I figure
> few groups together could raise that for a boat.
> it could be christened with a name that unites
> Americans and Indonesians together.
> --- Ed Hromatka <hromatka@...> wrote:
> > From
> > This major DMN story began on the front page on
> > Monday's paper and continued inside and had more
> > photos than just this one here. Ed Bloom is a
> > former Texas DDS Administrator of Social Security
> > Austin and a Returned Peace Corps
> > Volunteer/Afganistan.
> > Texans help revive an Aceh tradition
> > 3 men get Indonesian fishermen back into waters
> > after tsunami
> > 10:01 PM CDT on Sunday, August 21, 2005
> > By LENNOX SAMUELS / The Dallas Morning News
> > BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - In January, three Texans
> > from Austin came to this crippled city determined
> > make a difference in the lives of area residents,
> > who suffered the worst damage in last year's
> > that had devastated chunks of Asia the day after
> > Christmas.
> > From left: Eddie Bloom, Aaron Lyman and Eric Lyman
> > founded Austin International Rescue Operations in
> > Indonesia's Aceh province shortly after arriving
> > January. The nonprofit agency acts as a broker to
> > build boats, helping local fishermen return to
> > When Eddie Bloom and brothers Aaron and Eric Lyman
> > arrived, human bodies and submerged fishing boats
> > still clogged Aceh River, the city's key artery.
> > Thousands of people were living on the foundations
> > of their former homes, and mountains of debris
> > inundated streets, properties and the riverbank.
> > The tsunami ended up killing about 235,000 people,
> > demolished some 800,000 homes and erased 600,000
> > livelihoods.
> > But now people all over Aceh province are
> > back onto their feet, despite bureaucratic inertia
> > in the capital, Jakarta, and the departure of many
> > Western relief agencies. Aceh residents are ready
> > get back to work.
> > They just need some help.
> > "We had a lot of organizations rushing in here,"
> > said Andrew Sobey, operations officer with the
> > United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.
> > "Many NGO's brought in a lot of money but did not
> > have the expertise, didn't know how to spend it."
> > Mr. Bloom and his colleagues are practical,
> > relief workers who know how to spend money. Their
> > organization, Austin International Rescue
> > Operations, or AIRO, has staked out a position as
> > leading broker in boat-building, a critical
> > enterprise for Acehnese, most of whom are
> > The tsunami destroyed hundreds of fishing vessels,
> > leaving many workers unemployed and dependent on
> > government handouts.
> > Six months ago, AIRO did not even exist. Mr. Bloom
> > and the Lymans were just three Austinites who
> > up with no plan other than to help.
> > They were an unlikely trio. Aaron Lyman, 46,
> > president, has held several high-tech management
> > jobs, most recently vice president for worldwide
> > sales with SigmaTel, a leading Austin-based
> > chip supplier. He was involved in charity work in
> > Indonesia from 1978 to 1980. His brother, Eric,
> > is a world-record bungee jumper and "extreme
> > adventurer" who has traveled extensively in South
> > America and has 20 years of experience in the
> > construction industry. Mr. Bloom, 50, is a former
> > deputy commissioner with the Texas Rehabilitation
> > Commission who served with the Peace Corps in
> > Afghanistan.
> > Modest motto
> > "Our message, since Day One of this great
> > has been consistent: We simply hope people will
> > each other in whatever way they can, and have fun
> > doing it," Aaron Lyman said from Austin. "Within
> > families, across the street or across the world,
> > can all make a difference to help ease suffering
> > sadness."
> > The men could have donated money but instead
> > to fly to Indonesia for direct involvement.
> > "We didn't know what we were going to do when we
> > came here, whether we'd be pulling out dead bodies
> > from rubble," Mr. Bloom said. "I started doing
> > research and found this area was the center of
> > fishing, that many people had lost their
> > livelihoods."
> > So that was the direction in which the men went.
> > Shortly after arriving, they incorporated as AIRO,
> > nonprofit agency, because, "We needed to be
> > somebody," Mr. Bloom said. "We were not going to
> > anywhere telling people we are three guys from
> > Austin."
> > The lean operation soon began to be noticed
> > in a gargantuan relief process tangled up in red
> > tape and politics, it was getting things done
> > "Because of our efficiency, our use of local
> > craftsmen and materials and sensitivity to local
> > cultures, we are getting outside funding for
> > 200 boats in-process now, with hundreds more still
> > in need," Aaron Lyman said.
> > Now, from a rented, three-story building, AIRO is
> > helping whole villages and towns get back to the
> > business of making a living.
> > Building boats
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