Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness

by Asia America Initiative
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness
AAi assists homeless children after typhoons
AAi assists homeless children after typhoons

Dear Friends of AAI,

In December 2021, Typhoon Rai or Odette in the Philippines intensified and scoured through the center of the country causing widespread damage and homelessness. AAI and our partners arranged a relief caravan to travel into the countryside to provide relief in the remote areas of Cebu region and devastated Surigao del Norte province that had been mostly forgotten. Poverty is already pervasive in these areas and women and girls are especially vulnerable.

During recent years, thousands of Filipino families become homeless due to calamities including earthquakes, typhoon floods, volcanos, armed conflict, and fires. Women and girls are the most seriously affected. This project empowers girls made homeless from these disasters by providing books and school supplies to continue their education and hygiene supplies for their overall health.

Although the Covid pandemic has limited the ability of Director Santoli to be on-site, the courage and selfless efforts of our field coordinators and volunteers have maintained a consistency in providing much needed supplies. We back up each other as teammates when we are working the 12-hour time difference between the United States and the Philippines. Our true strength is our openness and respect for people of many faiths and cultures. "At first, the local people who seldom see outsiders were cautious to communicate with our volunteers," says Dr. Yolanda, who provides a 24-hour lifeline during such times of dire need.  "What also surprised them was to see Christians and Muslims working together in support of communities who were not blood relations to them."

Monthly, AAI supply shipments have been arriving in the Philippines containing food, water, hygiene, and other relief supplies. Our small legion of volunteers in the Philippines include college students and business owners to retired law enforcement and military veterans. Partner organizations have donated trucks, jeeps, and warehouses to process relief items in covered spaces that will ensure its quality and safety.

Thank you for supporting our meaningful project. If you would like to add to your contribution, please click through this report. You may also be interested in a smaller monthly donation to help support women and girls left homeless and recovering from Typhoon Odette. Through April 8th, make a donation up to $50 and receive a 50% match from GlobalGiving!

Wishing you peace,

Albert Santoli,

Director

Asia America Initiative

Youth volunteers assist homeless families
Youth volunteers assist homeless families
Essential supplies packed by AAI volunteers
Essential supplies packed by AAI volunteers
Volunteers work overtime packing vital supplies
Volunteers work overtime packing vital supplies
Every spoonful matters to hungry children
Every spoonful matters to hungry children
Relief in mountain area to homeless families
Relief in mountain area to homeless families
AAI and Friends always energetic and on call
AAI and Friends always energetic and on call

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Between November 2020 and November 2021, 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 or are crammed into one room shacks with extended families.  This often causes more than 10 adullts and children to share one room.  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. Our holistic program combines health, hygiene and learning as a tripartite approach to rebuilding communities in atmosphere of hope and determination to succeed.

In Jolo, Sulu, Principal Merhama of Salih Yusah Elementary School states, "The presence and consistency of Asia Ameica Initiaitive to inspire community-wide rebuilding following floods and two large fires this past year has motivated teamwork among teachers, parents and our pupils.  Where in many school communities the COVID pandemic has added to a depressed attitude of helplessness, Professor Santoli and his AAI team backed by their generous donors, have given us a more positive outlook on life."

In Capiz, Cuartero in the central Visayas Region of the Philippines, Nurse Faith, who coordinates AAI health and nutition proigrams, says:  "Regardless of the difficulties of reaching our mountain schools in highland areas, AAI has never backed down from the challenges. Where most of students happen to be females, AAI somehow provides books ands other materials that encourage their self-confidence to achieve and to have the small necessities in life that make a huge difference in their well-being. God bless you all."

This Holiday Season as heavy rains continue to create floods and add to the numbers of displaced persons who may have lost their meager family possessions, we are grateful for your support. During these challenging and unpredictable times, weseek your continued partnership.  We thank you for not forgetting us.

We don't forget Granny who is cares for the girls
We don't forget Granny who is cares for the girls
Hygiene fights COVID even among displaced people
Hygiene fights COVID even among displaced people
Feeding farmers' family victimized by storm
Feeding farmers' family victimized by storm

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Caring for children without a home
Caring for children without a home

Dear Friends,

In June, AAI and partners continue to distribute relief to families left homeless because of natural disasters, regardless of the difficulties caused by the COVID pandemic.

Last year, thousands of girls lost their homes in the Philippines due to earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, and fire. Many are still in long-term shelters or open-air evacuations centers. Access to education, clean water, and sanitation continues to be limited. Lack of hygiene is a major cause of illness in these circumstances. Lack of schools, essential books, and classroom supplies prevents adequate learning. 

Our project provides care for at least 500 girls by supporting their wellness and educational needs. We helped to provide books, toys, and soap during the event, including instructions on how to wash properly. Toys are given to help with trauma. Many of these children have never had a toy of their own. We help to reduce trauma by providing loving care. The majority of our field staff are women who are mothers of their own children. They know that children are better able to express themselves through a toy who becomes their friend with who they can share their experience. Storybooks provide imaginary worlds filled with happiness. 

In the pivotal time of their lives, the girls' 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. We are also sending donated activity kits to the girls that include paper, pens, and other items essential for learning. With COVID19 case numbers rapidly expanding, the Philippines government has decided to keep schools closed through 2021. Any educational materials we can provide will make a difference to these beautiful and energetic children's futures. 

Thank you for supporting this very important project. If you would like to continue your kindness for these children, please click on the link below.

Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness

Thank you,
Wishing you peace,
Albert Santoli
Asia America Initiative

Girls are taught how to wash their hands
Girls are taught how to wash their hands
Families are still struggling with homelessness
Families are still struggling with homelessness
You can make a difference
You can make a difference
Tent city- a temporary home for displaced families
Tent city- a temporary home for displaced families

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Girls gathered reading together
Girls gathered reading together

Every child should have books of their own. Books help us to better understand ourselves and those around us and they help us to imagine our future. With books, we learn about our own culture and others. We explore the oceans and land and out into the universe. We can step back into history or figure out how a clock works. In areas with high poverty and unreliable internet access, books are an essential tool for learning and staying engaged in school. 

Between November 2019 and February 2021, 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 capital region, a widespread fire in Jolo, Mindanao, and a storm surge that knocked down many houses. In such disasters, women and girls are most seriously affected. This project empowers girls made homeless from these disasters by providing books and school supplies to continue their education and hygiene supplies for wellness programs.

We facilitate the creation of school centers and libraries by providing tables, chairs, and reading materials in evacuation centers. We are receiving many new books, especially for elementary school-aged children. Your donation helps us to get these books to the children that need them.

Literacy and writing skills build confidence and self-worth. These skills enable girls to recover after calamity. AAI's long-term goal is to promote peace. By providing homeless girls a safe environment to achieve their dreams with dignity, we can all encourage them to excel despite their challenging situation.

Thank you for your support of this very important project. If you would like to make a contribution, please click through the link below. We are also included in GlobalGiving's Little by Little campaign, March 8-12, which will receive matching funds for your contribution. We'll send you correspondence the week before. 

Empower 500 Homeless Girls with Books and Wellness

Wishing you peace,

Albert Santoli,

Director, Asia America Initiative

Taal volcano relief event
Taal volcano relief event
Homeless family event -books and school supplies
Homeless family event -books and school supplies
Book distribution event with local partner
Book distribution event with local partner
Newly donated books arriving
Newly donated books arriving
AAI receives new books to send to children
AAI receives new books to send to children
With books, the possibilities are endless
With books, the possibilities are endless

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Girl receives care package from AAI volunteer

Dear AAI Supporters,

COVID-19 has presented many challenges to conducting school programs.  AAI is continuing to provide supplies and books to homeless students regardless of pandemic-based school closings and lockdowns in these difficult times. Throughout the world, students are doing their best to interact with their teachers with mixed results. Education programs have also seen mixed results. Electronic classrooms largely utilize teaching by WIFI whether on a home computer or cell phone. In most areas we serve, access to electricity and WIFI is inconsistent or nonexistent. Our goal is to get educational materials to students, wherever they may be living.  Despite the obstacles, we are doing well thanks to our long-standing relationships with teachers, religious, and social leaders, good planners, and great parent-volunteers. Our volunteer teams include many teachers who have not yet taken their license exams.

Donors in the United States have been super in providing us with books and other educational materials. New shipments arrive in the Philippines every month and we distribute them to the major regions of the country.  We provide care packages of study materials, personal protective masks, and food and other nutrition to families in need. We are sensitive to the needs of female students, especially those made homeless by natural and man-made calamities.

"The efforts of AAI have been a blessing," says Principal Melda of Mukammali Elementary School in Indanan, Sulu. "When we have fallen short of school-based needs for our pupils and students, AAI and their donors have never forgotten us."

Homeless families have even more difficulties continuing to learn with access to school facilities not allowed as COVID cases continue to rise. AAI volunteers prepare packages and coordinate delivery of hygiene supplies and learning materials to the families even where conditions might be risky.  

We are very proud of their efforts and the incredible generosity of our donors. Principal Melda reminds us, "During times of crisis we all must help each other. To help even one person is an important step toward assuring we can all be safe and remain healthy. We can count on you always. Thanks again."

Thanks to our GlobalGiving community for your support,

Albert Santoli,

Director, Asia America Initiative

AAI donations arrive into Sulu
AAI donations arrive into Sulu
Teachers/volunteers sort and prepare care packages
Teachers/volunteers sort and prepare care packages
Childrens books arrive
Childrens books arrive
Encyclopedias find a new home
Encyclopedias find a new home
AAI sponsored school library waiting for students
AAI sponsored school library waiting for students
Books and hygiene supplies are given to families
Books and hygiene supplies are given to families
Care packages are ready for distribution!
Care packages are ready for distribution!
Thank you donors!
Thank you donors!

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