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Food and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors

by Asia America Initiative
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Food  and Shelter for Typhoon Mangkhut Survivors
Children proudly displaying a new toothbrush
Children proudly displaying a new toothbrush

AAI has a rare mission and you are part of our team. We focus on continued support long after an initial disaster. Outside assistance is often bountiful immediately but then diminishes as the weeks go by. This is the time frame that is critical to recovery within a community.  

Typhoon Mangkut now ranks as the 4th costliest typhoon in the Philippines. More than 200 people died or were missing, and more than 105,000 became homeless. A year later, AAI continues to support displaced families in countryside areas that recover more slowly. Resources there are often unavailable and farms damaged may take years to recover. When housing is in ruins or gone, families become hopelessly displaced and packed into flimsy and crowded shelters.  

Recently, Asia America Initiative co-sponsored a Health Fair that included some schools affected by the storm and other natural and manmade disasters. 

AAI partnered with local military units and civilian groups on Sulu island including schools, the fire department, the police department, the rural health agency, and local government officials. The event provided basic medical assistance and health and hygiene services.  

A total of 540 children benefited by the feeding program, 86 children received a free haircut, 50 people had a free dental check-up and 263 people received a free medical check-up and consultation including medicines and vitamins.

Events like these reach into communities to find families that are still in need.  Compassion by partner service agencies is vital to keeping an area stable and to deter violence. We believe that the pride of community ownership keeps people in a positive frame of mind and enthusiastic about building a better future. 

We also want to let you know, we will be combining this project with our long term relief project #15262 Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors.

Your continued support is essential to encourage communities to stand together to improve their quality of life after natural or man-made disasters strike. We will continue sending you reports on our progress as part of our long term project and to let you know you are part of our team. Also, you may prefer making a monthly donation instead. Global Giving is generously providing a 100% match for your initial donation. It's a great way to double your impact!

Please click here to access our long term project. - 15262 Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors.

We thank you again for your concern and assistance to families impacted after devastating natural calamities.

Wishing you a happy holiday season.

Distribution of hygiene kits
Distribution of hygiene kits
Children receiving vitamins
Children receiving vitamins
Teachers helping with distribution
Teachers helping with distribution
Boys receiving haircuts
Boys receiving haircuts
Hygiene items in kit
Hygiene items in kit

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Mom's serve children school lunch
Mom's serve children school lunch

We wish to thank donors who have contributed to our AAI project assisting families after typhoon.

In September, 2018, typhoon Mangkhut delivered destruction in the Philippines, killing an estimated 60 persons and more than 105,000 homeless. The main areas hit by the typhoon are the most productive farming lands in the Philippines. Schools in the Visayas region were damaged and flooded. Your donations have helped AAI continue to support communities after the repair and reopening of schools to students and faculty.

A key AAI program is the preparation of daily lunch by mom's and volunteers at school. A student's health and well-being are the key to success in school. After a devastating event such as a typhoon, communities rely on their central school to bring normalcy to their lives. Knowing that school lunches and clean water will be provided, parents feel encouraged to send their children to school even as clean up and repairs continue.

Our long-term impact is self-sufficiency of storm survivors across the region. Our immediate goal is to keep people alive, healthy and in a positive frame of mind to be enthusiastic about building a better future. Our strength is in our cooperative partnerships with local, national and international humanitarian organizations and with local community leaders. Your role is essential.

If you would like to continue your support, please click on the orange "Give Now" button. Thank you!

Students thankful to receive lunch at school
Students thankful to receive lunch at school
A good lunch helps students succeed!
A good lunch helps students succeed!
Awards to outstanding students from AAi
Awards to outstanding students from AAi

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Firemen train "little nurses" in rescue techniques
Firemen train "little nurses" in rescue techniques

In the Philippines, Asia America Initiative has taken the "next steps" to anticipate and provide emergency response to natural and man made disasters by expanding training of elementary, high school and college students. Starting in 2013, the Philippines has gained the reputation as one of the hardest hit areas in the world due to climate change and accelerated numbers of calamities within the Paific Ocean's  "Ring of Fire." We have learned from our experiences that prevention and training is the best life saving deterrent to overcome the damage and casualties caused by Nature's wrath.  We involved entire communities, including adults and children,to become capable and fearless volunteer first aid providers. 

Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and a continuous barrage of weather related storms and floods [such as Typhoon Mangkhut], earthquakes and volcanoes, have ravaged all regions of the Philippines.  The trainings, conducted by fire departments, Red Cross volunteers and school nurses have made communities more prepared when a disaster occurs, whether natural or man-made. This March and April of 2019, many schools participated in the training exercises. In addition, AAI has established a new relationship with the local Fire Departments to assist in logistics and training of the students andour GlobalGiving donor partners have helped us to purchase first aid materials, emergency water and food supplies to care for displaced communities. Everyone involved in the training program has been thrilled by the results.  

Our Child to Child Munting Nurse training program in Sulu Schools is blessed to have many partners from the Philippines, the United States and other parts of the world helping our community-based First Aid and Emergency Response efforts.  Trainers include Sulu Bureau of Fire Protection, the Jolo Emergency Response Network, Mindanao State University Nursing and Grad School, Notre Dame College Community Extension program, and Department of Education Child to Child activities. We are very grateful to Dr. Anissa for being our main partner at MSU. And to all governmental and non-governmental agencies who are involved. We have begun the Emergency Response program by providing much needed first aid supplies for emergency care and trauma counseling and toys for children who have experienced the fears related to survival and loss of loved ones. We hope to continue and build this program for all good people of Sulu and other areas of the Philippines who are under threat and in need.

In September, 2018, typhoon Mangkhut delivered destruction in the Philippines, killing an estimated 60 persons and more than 105,000 homeless. The main areas hit by the typhoon are the most productive farming lands in the Philippines were under water. The majority of our beneficiaries are children and the elderly. We conducted emergency relief services, providing food and water to thousands of families and continue to support schools in the communities affected. 

We have refused to surrender to the elements. Instead, we learned from Mangkhut and other tragics experiences to inspire and build a community of decicated and heroic first responders of all ages.  "We cannot put into words the gratitude we feel that people from around the world through AAI and their supporters such as GlobalGiving,"  says Dr. Anissa.  "We have strong faith that we are not abandoned, by God or by his angels who are embodied by donors from around the world who have put their sentiments into action.  You are all our angels.  We will aways remember and be grateful for your kindness and encouragement." 

Little Nurses at graduation with fireman mascot
Little Nurses at graduation with fireman mascot
Little Nurses and their trainers are awesome!!
Little Nurses and their trainers are awesome!!
Little Nurses practice bandaging classmates
Little Nurses practice bandaging classmates
AAI training partnership with professional medics
AAI training partnership with professional medics
Firemen train Little Nurses with lifesiz manequins
Firemen train Little Nurses with lifesiz manequins
School Nursesof 50 public schools assist training
School Nursesof 50 public schools assist training
Fire Fighters are mentor heroes to Little Nurses
Fire Fighters are mentor heroes to Little Nurses

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In providing emergency and long term relief in the aftermath of the September 2018 Typhoon Mangkhut/ Omphong in the Mindoro area of the Philippines, Asia America Initiative continues to provide programs that have addressed both short-term and long-term relief and recovery.  We have listened carefully to our beneficiary communities and local NGO and community development sponsors to adapt our methods to make a difference in the midst of a major calamity.  In essence, we have applied the wisdom expressed in the statement:  "Be the change you wish to see."                                                                
 
With so many disasters and natural disasters and violence around the world, we have learned to prioritize tasks we could achieve and do much with limited funding. In addition to Global Giving donors' contributions, we pooled resources with local partner NGOs.  In December 2019, we received a grant from GlobalGiving's Disaster Relief program of $5,000 to multiply our resources and capabilities with partners and local community groups, including local government agencies and the Philippine National Police who were tasked with search and rescue in remote mountainous areas. 
Thanks to all of our extended Global Giving family, we have surpassed our target population in need by providing immediate food, water and plastic temporary shelter materials to more than 100 families in the remote tribal areas of Mindoro Province. These families are members of the indigenous Mangyan tribe who are among the most impoverished and underserved people in the Philippines.  We have assisted mountain tribal people in numerous natural disasters since Typhoon Haiyan in 2013/14.  Thus, we and our relief partners know the area well and the needs of the people who survive there.
 
In Typhoon Ompong calamity was built on natural disaster due to mudslides and rockslides that buried entire villages and destroyed one of our favorite elementary schools --  Mabini Elementary -- which serves some 350 children from surrounding villages. Due to the lack of roads and many streams and swollen creeks during the rainy season, the children must swim to school at times where not even rickety bridges exist.  We have provided these children with clothing, rubber sandals, school bags and books and classroom supplies, as well as woven mats and light blankets for their families to sleep on, and mosquito nets to prevent diseases such as malaria and dengue.  We have also provided vegetable seeds for small gardens to ensure their survival.  When our advance team reached Mabini village area after the storm, many children were naked because all of their belongings were washed away or buried in mud slides.
"It is a blessing that Asia America Initiative, has always addressed the most essential issues in consultation with village elders and never makes promises they cannot keep, says Dr. Yolanda Stern, "director of the One World Institute. "The healing they provide is rooted in friendship and trust. The Manyan children and their families respond to their sincere outreach of our informal but experienced coalition."
 
AAI's general support funds and the funds from Global Giving donors were used quickly on food, water and shelter and some light clothes. AAI also sent some stuffed toys and story books donated as gifts-in-kind by a few churches in the US.  In addition, we continue a daily feeding program for impoverished childen in highland elementary schools whose communities were battered by the storm. 
 
We are using $3,500 to help build an all-weather school and shelter from the storms, to replace the destroyed Mabini Elementary School.  We will use $500 to donate gift-in-kind textbooks for the school and, of course, additional stuffed toys to help with the children’s psychological recovery from the trauma caused by the wrath of Super Typhoon Ompong and the mudslides that followed. $1,000 is being used for much-needed hygiene soap, mosquito repellent to prevent malaria, and assorted seeds for small family gardens to help alleviate malnutrition. 
We thank you all for your generous support. 
 


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Asia America Initiative

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Albert Santoli
Washington, DC United States

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