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Nurul Aina (right) talks with her grandmother in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Aina was just 8 years old in 2004 when a massive tsunami swept over the city, killing her parents and two siblings and leveling their home. Aina was fortunately visiting relatives in a neighborhood far from the seashore when the tsunami hit. With assistance from the Katahati Institute and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, a new house was built and titled in Aina's name, an accomplishment that required considerable legal advocacy by Katahati staff. As a result, rental income from the house has paid for Aina's schooling while she lives with her grandmother. Now 18, Aina is studying English at a local university, and plans to move into her house some day. The tsunami killed 221,000 people in Aceh province and left more than 500,000 displaced.