Christmas week 2017, Typhoon Vinta with 120 mile-per-hour wind devastated close to 10 million people in southern Philippines. These areas were previously heavily damaged in 2013 by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Asia America Initiative with our local partners are conducting long-term emergency relief and providing food and water to thousands of newly displaced families. This micro-project will provide 300 children with shelter materials, blankets, hygiene supplies, medicines and post-trauma services.
In Decemember 2017, Typhoon Vinta heavily damaged areas of the Philippines previously destroyed in 2013 by super typhoon Yolanda [Haiyan]. The floods, wind damage and mud- and rock-slides have displaced nearly 100,000 people, including around 10,000 in Sulu Province. More than 200 people have perished. Zamboanga and Sulu Province were heavily damaged by wind and floods. Many houses and schools were destroyed. We will continue to assist displaced and severely affected communities.
Asia America Initiative provides medicine and food to storm survivors, especially in remote villages. We assist hundreds of families, especially children, in desperate need. We extend a lifeline through partnerships with courageous local volunteers and professionals. This program will help 300 school children in Sulu Province. We will distribute donated medical, hygiene and education/school supplies. Damaged school roofs can collapse and injure children -- with $200 we can repair 1 roof.
Our long term goal is self-sufficiency of storm survivors across the region. Our immediate goal is to assist 30,000 additional disaster victims during 2018. The immediate micro-project goal is to keep people alive, healthy and energized 300 school children in Sulu Province. The long term effect is to improve the medical and social systems of impacted communities. Our strength is in our community teamwork and building partnerships with local, national and international organizations.