Following the Aceh Tsunami in 2004, Tanoto Foundation mounted a relief operation to assist the tsunami survivors. first to reach the tsunami-affected areas. At a later stage, we took part in the rehabilitation process by reconstructing a primary school in SDN Peunaga in Meulaboh, West Aceh District, which had been completely destroyed by the tidal waves.
On 30 March 2005, a 8.2 Richter scale earthquake also struck Nias and destroyed many public amenities, including schools. Tanoto Foundation responded by reconstructing the SMPN 1 Gunungsitoli, one of the significant education facilities in Gunungsitoli, the capital of in Nias District.
The support provided was among the first responses in addressing the basic needs of the survivors and highly acknowledged by Badan Rekonstruksi dan Rehabilitasi, the agency that coordinates the global response to the unprecedented tsunami disaster affecting Aceh province and the island of Nias.