Asia America Initiative continues to assist communities rebuilding their lives in areas devastated by the world's mist powerful storms of 2013. Thse environment is complicated by continuous heavy rain in June and July, 2014. Tides are high and fast, creating jeopardy for fishermen. Upland farmers have to cope with soaked fields. Many schools still lack roofs and adequate classrooms. Thousands of families still live in tents and sleep on mud floors. Yet AAI's Operation Save Lives surges forward. With the assistance of our local partners One World Institute and IPI Foundation and volunteers and the "sweat equity" of local teachers and parents -- and thanks to our international donors through Global Giving -- we continue our Surge of Hope!! Since November 2013, with support from donors from all around the world, we have assisted more than 120,000 people.
Among our current programs, we are providing Public health and hygiene supplies to at least six communities and serving more than 10,000 persons between Iloilo and Capiz, on Panay mega island in Visayas. We are providing school nutrition and clean water instruments to villages and schools along the coast of Iloilo. This includes providing school supplies and books and rubber floor tents to schools in the area serving more than 3,000 pupils. Due to the generosity of our donors,we have provided medical support for senior citizens, especially grandparents, across the region.
Bulak Elemenrtary School in Batad, Iloilo was knocked down by a giant tsunami surge wave in November 2013. The commun ity did not know how they could recover. A senior 6th grade teacher says, "We are so happy to have received many new reading and text books for our school library from AAI. Also nutritious meals, tents and even a fund for materials needed for student's fathers to renovate school buildings. We are surprised by what is being given to us like more efficient toilets. We are grateful for your kindness. We would like to show the World that you are the people who helped us. We are so fortunate. God bless you all."
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