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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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Nov 16, 2013

Volunteers Saving Lives in Typhoon Villages

Volunteers pack food for AAI-IPI typhoon relief
Volunteers pack food for AAI-IPI typhoon relief

On November 15, 2013 we received the first report from Ms. Lourdes Damazo, head of  a consortium of relief teams for Asia America Intiative and our partner organizations One World Institute and IPI Foundation.  She was continuing  our first series of life-saving aid distribution missions in areas of the Central Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan [Yolanda] where thousands have people perished and millions are homeless.  Texting a message from Ormoc in Leyte Province, she stated, "In the second day of our relief mission we are finding destruction beyond anything we have seen in previous relief missions.  Many dead bodies still are in the streets here and in Tacloban, where our colleague Christian just returned from."

The leader of AAI's team of volunteer students and young professionals in Panay Province is Marlon Jinon. In preparation of Sunday November 17 aid distribution activities in Batad town, he is documenting a list of names of the household leaders who will get food, clean water and hygiene supplies for families of at least 4 persons, as well as orphans and elderly persons.
He reported, "We will be distributing relief packs to 150 families or at least 700 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
"We will use more of the donated funds from GlobalGiving from what we hear community residents
say in person the things that they need to have and what are the most nutritius foods available for them to survive with. 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."

On behalf of our beneficiaries in the Philippines and  the Asia America Intiative staff and our incredibly selfless partners such as Ms. Lourdes Damazo, we send our heartfelt thanks to all donors who have donated  through Global Giving to enable us to perform this work.
 
Cebu volunteers packing for AAI-IPI Ormoc mission
Cebu volunteers packing for AAI-IPI Ormoc mission
Relief bags for AAI-IPI mission to Ormoc, Leyte
Relief bags for AAI-IPI mission to Ormoc, Leyte
28 pallets of meds for typhoon victims
28 pallets of meds for typhoon victims
Med packs for typhoon packed by Direct Rielief
Med packs for typhoon packed by Direct Rielief
Direct Relief typhoon med donation packed for AAI
Direct Relief typhoon med donation packed for AAI

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Sep 12, 2013

Postcard from GlobalGiving's Visit

The following is an e-postcard from Zamil Akhtar, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines:

Pauline is the sweetest little girl you will ever meet. She’s always smiling, slightly shy, and abundantly playful. But if not for Asia America Initiative’s cancer treatment program, she may not be alive. To treat the disease she suffers from requires a new medicine that costs thousands of dollars a week – her parents make about $200 a month. With help from a pharmaceutical company, Asia America Initiative has arranged to have her treated, and also provides art classes for her and other children in the program. 

 
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