After Tsunami, Kids

Help Survivors Recover

* It has been almost six months since an earthquake and tsunami struck parts of Asia, killing more than 176,000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

Many of those affected by the natural disaster were children -- children who lost family or friends, who were injured or who had their homes destroyed. But it was also children who came to their aid, raising millions of dollars to help give kids halfway around the world clean water, books and medical and building supplies.

By one group's total, children in 3,000 schools around the United States raised more than $4.7 million. "About one in every 10 dollars we received in private donations for tsunami relief has come from children. That's an incredible response," said Save the Children's Charles MacCormack.

Children held fashion shows and collected pennies to raise money. One of most successful efforts was at George Mason Middle School and High School in Falls Church, which raised $34,623.

In Indonesia, the country hardest hit by the tsunami, life is getting back to normal. A museum in the country's Aceh province recently had an exhibit of artwork done by child survivors. Some art showed huge waves, but many works also showed signs of new life.

Indonesian kids' art exhibit includes this painting by Farhatun Naura.