Between November 2019 and February 2020, thousands of Filipino families have become homeless due to non-stop calamities including large earthquakes, typhoon floods, the eruption of the Taal volcano in the capitol region, and a raging fire in Jolo, Mindanao. In such disasters, women and girls are most seriously affected. This project will empower girls made homeless from these disasters by providing books and school supplies to continue their education and hygiene supplies for wellness programs.
Girls displaced by disasters live in barren open-air evacuation centers. Access to safe shelter, education, clean water and sanitation is extremely limited. Lack of hygiene is a major cause of illness. Lack of schools, essential books and classroom supplies prevents adequate learning. In the pivotal time of their lives, health, safety and continued development of educational skills are essential to reach their full potential and contribute to the well being of their entire family and community.
AAI will contribute our skills to improve the lives and perspectives of girls made homeless by disasters in the Philippines. We will facilitate the creation of school centers and libraries by providing tables, chairs and reading materials in evacuation centers. We will provide 5,000 textbooks, purchase new school supplies, and construct toilet sheds for personal hygiene and sanitation for girls. We will provide 5,000 bars of anti-bacterial soap, mosquito repellent, and water containers.
Our cost-effective project will empower 500 girls to cope with homelessness and prevent poverty by supporting their wellness and educational needs. Literacy, writing skills, and basic math builds confidence and self-worth. These skills enable girls to recover after calamity. AAI's long term goal is to encourage girls to excel in literacy, promote peace, and offer a safe environment for girls to achieve their dreams with dignity while developing job skills despite their challenging situation.