The tsunami that hit the Indonesian province Aceh 26 December 2004, was devastating, the flood waves killing people and ruining infrestructure over a large area. Other areas in the region, including Thailand, were badly affected as well, but the coastal part of Aceh (situated in northern Sumatra) was almost wiped off the map. Many rushed in to help the survivors, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), who stayed on to help through the reconstruction phase.

Among the IFRC organisations instrumental in the humanitarian development response in Aceh was the Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross). Activities included provision of clean water through developing WatSan systems, helping communities create livelihoods, capacity building for local organisations and communities, and more. Five years after the tsunami, they handed over completed infrastructure.

Basil Rolandsen of Bouvet Foundation supplied in 2009 documentary photography on the progress of activities in the Banda Aceh area and on Simeulue Island. He also judged an internal NorCross photo competition.