Sadewo Joedo had only been at the Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa for one month before his country was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004, an event he says was the toughest and hardest that his mission and his country has ever had to deal with in its modern history. Speaking with Embassy days after the most recent aftershocks, months after the initial event, he and his colleague, Counsellor Iswayudha, sent a heartfelt message of thanks to Canadians for their outpouring of help since Dec. 26: "The people of Indonesia would like to extend their highest appreciation to the government and to the people of Canada for being so generous in their donations, and for their excellent and quick response, of not only in kind, but also cash donations and for sending people to the region, the aid workers in Aceh. Indonesians will always have heartfelt appreciation and gratefulness for that. It is fortunate that we have friends." At the embassy, staff have been and continue to be very busy organizing fundraising activities and cooperating with various organizations in order to send relief supplies to those affected by the series of natural disasters in that region.