Asia America Initiative

The mission of AAI is to build hope and empower communities afflicted by armed conflict and severe poverty. We believe that peace, security and respect for human dignity are inseparable. Our goal is to develop programs as sustainable models that can be replicated globally. Our people-to-people initiatives integrate health, education, arts and livelihood as a basis for mediation. By building Hope, we overcome the hatred propagated by terror organizations. The success of these cost-effective models shows that empowering impoverished and conflict-plagued communities strengthens international security, stability and peace.
Dec 30, 2013

Typhoon Relief Exceeds Goals: Thanks to Global Giving Donors

AAI-OWI-IPI relief team distributing food packs
AAI-OWI-IPI relief team distributing food packs

Asia America Initiative and our partner consortium of community based organizations and volunteers have surpassed our intial November 2013 goal of providing food and clean water to 5,000 families or 30,000 persons in the typhoon devasted areas of the central Philippines. We have now served 11,616 families or 58,310 persons, working into Christmas week. We thank Global Giving international donors for your kindness and life-saving generosity. We have used your funds with care and time effective missions. In this overwhelming environment of needs, we utilize our strength at AAI in acting as both service providers and as catalysts for extended teamwork.  The week before Christmas, the combined Asia America Initiative - One World Institute - IPI Foundation relief team based in Cebu and supported by Global Giving donors and corporate sponsors such as Eli Lilly, TomTom International, Dell and Gap conducted a life-saving relief mission to Leyte in communities near Tacloban. The devastation is beyond words. Malnutrition borders on starvation. Additional funds for food and water purification came from International Relief Teams in San Diego and medical supplies from Direct Relief of Santa Barbara, California and hygiene products from International Pharmaceutical Inc. of Cebu. Local people -- including many elderly men, women and children of all ages were elated --  but have no idea how they can survive in coming weeks.

During this same period, Asia America Initiative's tireless youth volunteers in Iloilo conducted training of two-dozen AAI Catalysts for Peace team leaders, including nurses and school teachers, to spread across across the Panay - Iloilo extended area where at least 500,000 people along the coast and on small islands urgently will need bi-weekly distributions of food and water until new crops can be grown and fising boats built. We provided training with life-vests to volunteers in order to survive choppy seas if any accidents occur. We are also distributing water filters and a new shipment of purification tablets that will purify more than one million gallons of muddy water.  In early January, we will be assisted by the Philippine Coast Guard to reach isolated islands with 50 to 100 families that are a one to two hour boat ride off the coast, with rough high waves slowing the time of travel.  

 Our target is self sufficiency for at least 10,000 families or 50,000 persons by April. We are providing hammers, nails and wood-working tools for survivors to rebuild their homes, fishing boats and their lives, as well as gardening tools and local seeds for nutritional sustenance.  As we enter 2014, we and the surivors of Typhoon Haiyan ask you to please not forget ourt efforts...  even a small monthly contribution of $10 or $20 will do wonders. Pictures represent many words, so we are sharing our experience with you to let you know the good you have done.  May God bless you all in the New Year.  

 

Flattened town in Leyte assisted by AAI-OWI-IPI
Flattened town in Leyte assisted by AAI-OWI-IPI
Leyte children calling for help from passersby
Leyte children calling for help from passersby
Malnourished child in makeshift shelter
Malnourished child in makeshift shelter
AAI-OWI-IPI relief truck arrives
AAI-OWI-IPI relief truck arrives
hundreds of families line up for food and water
hundreds of families line up for food and water
strong back and big heart of AAI-OWI-IPI volunteer
strong back and big heart of AAI-OWI-IPI volunteer
water filters provided to families by AAI
water filters provided to families by AAI
AAI tools for survivors to rebuild lives
AAI tools for survivors to rebuild lives

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Dec 18, 2013

Brightening Christmas Season for Typhoon Survivors

AAI team assist children on Baliguian Island
AAI team assist children on Baliguian Island

Throughout the Christmas season, teams of youths and young professional volunteers organized by Asia America Initiative and funded by Global Giving donors continue to conduct food and water delivery missions to hard to reach mainland communities and islands in the Visayas region in the Philippines.  Local people live among the ruins of their demolished homes where the massive typhoon Haiyan unleashed Nature's fury on cities and small villages.  On December 15, 2013 an AAI feeding mission of 15 male and female volunteers, including school terchers, nuurses and college students traveled by small pump boats for two hours on choppy high seas to a community of 1,000 persons on Baliguian island.  

Adjacent to the city of Concepcion in typhoon's central path, the fishing community had lost all of its boats and the hard working people were unable to provide for their own livelihoods and nutritional needs, especially for  children and elderly family members.  The AAI team was the first private aid provider the islanders had seen in the one month since the storm had struck.  As one child asked. "Did Santa send you?  We cannot believe you are here."  AAI's plan is to immediately deliever food to save lives but the next stage is to help fisher folks rebuild their boats to rebuild their lives and feed themselves. Hundreds of public schools and medical clinics were also flattened.

For the AAI volunteers who mostly live in the capial city of Iloilo, the choppy seas and high waves  felt like a roller coaster.  They were wearing life vests, baseball caps and powder blue AAI t-shirts along with Santa Claus hats in the tropical heat.  Their rented boats were filled with rice, canned foods ands gerry cans filled with clean water to provide for more than 200 families or some 1,000 persons for one week.  Fruit trees and gardens were destroyed by the heavy wind and waves Funds from Global Giving donors are essential to cover the cost of locally purchased life saving foods. Many children, whose schools were destroyed, already showed signs of malnutrition.  Their smiles made the difficulties of the travel worth the effort for the AAI volunteers.  Thus far they have provided food and other humanitarian supplies to more than 30,000 persons who lost their homes in the storm.  

The urgent survival needs of countless communitiesin Visayas will persist well into 2014.  "We could not achieve our mission without the support of compassionate donors such as our friends at Global Giving,"  says AAI team leader Marlon Jinon.  "Even though we have never met in person, our international supporters are very much in our hearts."  

Happy children eat a full meal 1 month after storm
Happy children eat a full meal 1 month after storm
parents pick up donated food, water and clothing
parents pick up donated food, water and clothing
Villager on Baliguian island assist AAI volunteers
Villager on Baliguian island assist AAI volunteers
AAI team are Santa
AAI team are Santa's helpers for island children
children on Baliguian grateful to AAI & GG donors
children on Baliguian grateful to AAI & GG donors

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Nov 18, 2013

Youth in Philippine Typhoon Zone Provide Aid to Survivors

AAI Relief Distribution in Batad on November 16
AAI Relief Distribution in Batad on November 16

 

Asia America Initiative is currently conducting relief operations in typhoon devastated areas of the central Philippine islands. On November 15 through 17, AAI Catalyst for Peace Youth volunteers provided aid to survivors in Batad, north of Iloilo while the experienced consortium of AAI-IPI Foundation and One World Institute were in in Leyte. These effort are all done with private funding only and conducted by incredibly dedicated volunteers of all ages who come from local communities in the typhoon devastated zone.  
The leader of AAI's team of volunteer students and young professionals in Iloiloe is Marlon Jinon. To keep the aid distribution orderly and peacefu for the Sunday November 17 aid distribution activities in Batad town, the Catalyst for Peace Team, assisted by local officials documented a list of names of the household leaders.  Each family was to receive sacks with food, clean water and hygiene supplies for families of at least 4 to 5 persons, as well as orphans and elderly persons.
Marlon reported, "We will be distributing relief packs to 150 families or some 1,000 adults and children.  What we will be giving is enough for Barangay [Village] Tanao's residents." 

Each relief pack contains the following:
 3 kilos of rice 
 4 easy open canned goods (it can be opened by hand)
 1 packed nutritional meal (wow ulam is the brand)
 1 pack match
1 liter water
1 antibacterial soap
1 alcohol
2 mini packs milk (bear brand) for children
"What survivors need are most nutritious foods enough for them to survive with. 
 
On November 17, returning to Iloilo, after serving at least 1,000 typhoon survivors in Batad, AAI's Marlon Jinon reflects:  "The people lost their houses and almost all of their properties. They said  that they really needed clothes, kitchen wares for cooking and source of livelihood as their bancas [fishing boats] were all destroyed. 

 

We saw a sign of relief in the faces of the people when they saw 
that we were giving away not just food but also clean and decent clothes. The clothes  were donated by our  AAI-CFPs, 
students at  Palabrica  National High School and the  Dingle Government Workers Development Cooperative. 
They  also provided the truck that we used to transport our relief packs. 
The Provincial Government of Iloilo helped us in securing our safety. They served as our convoy and they also
 provided additional  food packs. The National Confederation of Coooperatives (NatCCO) helped by providing the
 food for our volunteers and also  provided additional funds for the food items.  Our concerted efforts saved a lot of  lives
 and gave the people of Batad hope to continue on. We thank Global Giving donors for their generous support.

"I believe that our efforts should not be merely one day of relief. As much as possible, we must stay connected to the people and help them to get through this tough time."

AAI Catalysts for Peace trying their best to serve
AAI Catalysts for Peace trying their best to serve
children who lost their homes in Batad seek food
children who lost their homes in Batad seek food
Elderly typhoon survivors
Elderly typhoon survivors
Tarp announcing AAI relief mission in Batad
Tarp announcing AAI relief mission in Batad
typhoon survivors with AAI family aid packs
typhoon survivors with AAI family aid packs

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