THEY are fighting back - and it's thanks to YOU!
Months after the terrible tsunami devastated south east Asia, there is finally hope for people who were left behind.
The tidal wave killed more than 200,000 people and left the lives of millions more in ruins.
But the tragedy prompted a huge fundraising effort - with £350m being raised in Britain alone - and that help is now being put to work.
Examiner readers raised a massive £50,552 - including £20,000 from a choral concert organised by the Examiner and New Mill Male Voice Choir.
Half the concert proceeds were given to Lions International to help people living in the Tricomalee area of Sri Lanka.
The other half went to children's aid charity Unicef, which has been helping people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Maldives, India, Malaysia, Myanmar and parts of Africa start to rebuild their lives.
Louis Coles, regional manager for Unicef, said: "So much has been achieved for children and communities in tsunami-affected areas.
"Early fears of widespread disease, trafficking of children and chaos have failed to materialise.
"The largest natural disaster in living memory has prompted the most ambitious international response."
In only seven months, Unicef has helped 250,000 children go back to school, provided sanitation and safe drinking water for more than one million people a day.
Its immunisation programme has prevented widespread disease - with 1.2 million children vaccinated so far.
The majority of aid has been targeted at Indonesia and Sri Lanka, which were worst hit by the tsunami.
In Indonesia, 60% of the budget has gone on education - with a target of 500 permanent schools being built or restored within two years.
The rest of the budget has been spent on medical facilities and ensuring clean water and food reaches communities.
In Sri Lanka, education is once again a focus with 25 schools being rebuilt with help from Unicef.
About 550,000 displaced people have been given shelter, clean water and sanitation.
Other concerns are health and child protection - including counselling and reuniting children with relatives.
Mr Coles said the emergency phase is over and Unicef is now starting work on long-term projects.
He said: "The generosity of Examiner readers has meant Unicef can look beyond the provision of emergency relief to the larger task of rebuilding entire communities."
But before construction starts, complex problems such as land rights, property ownership and new safety regulations have to be overcome.
Tensions between tsunami-stricken areas receiving aid and poor regions which are not getting help also have to be kept under control.