Between November 2019 and May 1, 2020, thousands of Filipino families became homeless due to non-stop calamities including a large earthquake, typhoon floods, the eruption of Taal volcano in the capitol region, Covid19, armed conflict, and a major fire in Jolo, Mindanao. Women and girls are the 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 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 this pivotal time of their lives, health, safety, and continued development of educational skills are essential to reach 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 create school centers and libraries by providing tables, chairs, and reading material to evacuation centers. We will provide 5,000 textbooks and school supplies. We will sponsor the construction of toilet sheds to promote good hygiene for girls. We will provide 5,000 bars of anti-bacterial soap, mosquito repellent, and clean 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 build 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.