In July and August 2012, the Philippines experienced torrential rainstorms. The flooding that resulted in the capital city, Manila, has affected more than 2 million people, forced at least 20,000 to flee their homes and more than 60 people lost their lives. Since that time, GlobalGiving’s Philippine Flood Relief Fund has been able to facilitate emergency relief as well as rebuilding efforts. Peace Winds America and Asia America Initiative have been instrumental in the relief efforts since this tremendous disaster.
Peace Winds America has partnered with a local organization, Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) to allocate relief supplies to families who have been forced to evacuate their homes as a result of the torrential tropical storms in the Philippines. The immediate need is great, as families are beginning to return to their homes and require basic necessities which PWA and CDRC are able to provide.
Looking ahead, PWA has begun to support CDRC in long term “community-based disaster management programs, necessary to lessen the impact of future disasters in this vulnerable nation.” While there is an immediate need to distribute basic supplies for people to survive, the ultimate goal of Peace Winds America is to implement disaster management programs so communities in areas that experience consistent tropical rain storms are well prepared with stable shelter, escape routes and food so their safety will not be compromised.
Asia America Initiative is also assisting with immediate relief efforts in the Philippines. AAI has helped to sustain communities in Quezon City, Taquig, Marakina and Laguna. AAI has delivered clean water, clothing, blankets and hygiene materials for evacuees in these regions. The program that AAI has applied has drastically reduced the spread of infectious diseases throughout temporary camps for displaced people. AAI has observed waterborne tropical diseases like dengue fever and leptospirosis spreading in dam water overflows and hopes to prevent epidemics from occurring through water filtering systems and distributing medicines.
Peace Winds America and Asia America Initiative are the newest additions to the GlobalGiving Philippine Flood Relief Fund. Check out their project pages to learn more about how they are making a positive impact in the Philippines. Thank you for your generous contributions this holiday season!
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