The Philippines leads the world in natural disasters. Every year typhoons deliver destruction and displace thousands of families across the island nation. Asia America Initiative and local partners conduct emergency and long-term relief by providing food and water to thousands of affected families. We apply lessons learned from two decades of relief programs. We provide shelter materials, hygiene supplies, medicines, and ongoing post-trauma services.
2023 is the 10th anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan which took more than 7000 lives in the Philippines. AAI was there in the aftermath and made 2 promises: to prepare every year, in advance with local partners, and to help communities rebuild, long after others have left. New storms and flooding are expected with more frequency and intensity due to changes in climate. The loss of food crops contributes to the plight. We continue to care for displaced and severely affected communities.
Asia America Initiative provides medical and food support to disaster survivors, especially in remote villages that are difficult to reach. We assist thousands of families, especially children, in desperate need. We extend a lifeline through partnerships with courageous volunteers and professionals. Our goal in 2024 is to assist 30,000 adults, the elderly, and children. We will continue to distribute donated medical, clean water, hygiene, and education/school supplies.
Our long-term goal is the self-sufficiency of storm survivors across the region. Our immediate goal is to assist disaster victims by keeping people alive, healthy, and in a positive frame of mind and enthusiastic about building a better future. The long-term effect is to have a role in addressing the medical and social systems of impacted communities. Our strength is in our multiple partnerships with local, national, and international organizations. Our resolve is to keep communities together.
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