Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

by Asia America Initiative
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Dear Friends,

In the Philippines, heavy rains did not stop during the "Dry" Season but instead have persisted throughout the year. Asia America Initiative and our local and global partners have worked together as a well-experienced team to provide much-needed comfort and relief to hundreds of families.  From the central Mindanao region all the way to the northern Cagayan Valley, we have especially focused on the needs of the isolated mountain tribal peoples who are usually forgotten by the general society. Our partnerships have made it possible to get food, clothing, and hygiene supplies into areas where few relief supplies are available.

The Philippines leads the world in natural disasters. Asia America Initiative and local partners are conducting emergency and long-term relief including 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. Asia America Initiative provides medical and food support to disaster survivors, especially in remote villages that are difficult to reach. Since the pandemic began in 2019-2020, we have assisted thousands of families, especially children and the elderly, who are in desperate need. We extend our lifeline through partnerships with courageous volunteers and professionals. The immediate impact is to keep people alive, healthy, and in a positive frame of mind, 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 long-time partner Dr. Yolanda and One World Institute is organizing an energetic network of close to 200,000 organic farmers in areas continuously hit by natural disasters.  This effort encourages self-sufficiency and makes use of the bountiful natural resources in community-based program areas.  Dr.Yoly says, " There are now busloads of gardeners trying to get together at many places that have been hit by floods and heavy rains. For example, in Davao, we are training farmers on how to plant organic. We now have 200,000 gardeners in live training and planting exercises. We also have 50,000 gardeners who have joined in Zoom training sessions to learn the re-cycling of unused boxes and water-proof containers.  Their spirit for survival is undefeatable."

Thank you for your contribution in the past. If you would like to add to your support or begin a monthly donation, please click the link below and GlobalGiving will prepare that for you to assist in this worthwhile endeavor.

Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Wishing you peace,

Albert Santoli,

Director, Asia America Initiative

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Assisting families after disaster
Assisting families after disaster

Dear Friends of AAI,

Typhoon Agaton crossed the central islands of the Philippines on April 10-11th causing massive flooding in areas already struggling after December's Super Typhoon Odette. Asia America Initiative immediately took action through our school partners in Cuartero, Capiz, and Duenas, Iloilo. Fortunately, 18 large crates of AAI food and school supplies had just arrived.  Through our coordinator, Nurse Faith, we immediately began to reach out to schools devastated by the floodwaters and to provide relief to families affected. 

"Maindang Elementary School in Cuartero experienced unexpected flash floods," says senior teacher Romy." The aftermath of the floods resulted in total damage to the school's equipment, printers, all instructional materials, and many others items. It was the first time in its history that the barangay and the school were submerged. We thank God that Asia America Initiative has been a true partner to our school communities ever since Super Typhoon Haiyan brought massive devastation ten years ago."  Nurse Faith of AAIO, adds: "We could not have done our responses without the consistent and loyal support of our donors in the United States, such as GlobalGiving and all of the individual people who have taken our communities to heart."

Rice, clean water, and hygiene supplies are now arriving in areas around Cebu and Visayas. Relief Centers are set up to contact families and to give them the supplies they need.

We have learned the skills of rapid response to natural disasters because the Philippines leads the world in natural calamities. Annual typhoons deliver destruction, displacing thousands of families across the island nation. Asia America Initiative and local partners conduct emergency and long-term relief including food and water to thousands of families. We apply lessons learned from two decades of relief programs. We provide shelter materials, hygiene supplies, medicines, and ongoing post-trauma services. Asia America Initiative provides basic medical, food, and clean water support to disaster survivors, especially in remote villages that are difficult to reach. We extend a lifeline through partnerships with courageous volunteers and professionals.

Our long-term goal is the self-sufficiency of storm survivors across the region. Our immediate goal is to keep people alive, healthy, and in a positive frame of mind enthusiastic about building a better future. 

Thank you for your ongoing contributions. If you would like to continue your support, please click through this report. You may also be interested in becoming a long-term sponsor with a monthly donation. Your support helps families recover from typhoons and natural disasters and provides immediate relief after disasters. 

Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Wishing you peace,

Albert Santoli,

Director

Smiles as children receive supplies
Smiles as children receive supplies
Cuartero Central School under water
Cuartero Central School under water
Relief supplies arriving
Relief supplies arriving
Families arriving to the Relief Center
Families arriving to the Relief Center
Clean water arriving
Clean water arriving
Emergency Relief Center
Emergency Relief Center
Flood damage at Maindang Elementary in Capiz
Flood damage at Maindang Elementary in Capiz
Maindang Elementary was totally submerged
Maindang Elementary was totally submerged

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Family receiving hygiene supplies
Family receiving hygiene supplies

Dear Friends of AAI,

The 2021 Typhoon season has been a challenge in the Philippines. Now we are facing the aftermath of Super Typhoon Rai /Odette, which devastated the central provinces of the Philippines between December 16 and 18, 2021 with winds up to 160 miles per hour. Close to 2 million people were affected, with 630,000 people made homeless, including approximately 300,000 infants and children. There is an urgent need for food, clean water, medicine, and basic hygiene supplies.

Starting on Christmas eve, as roads began opening for transportation in urban areas, Asia America Initiative and our local partners began a relief distribution program to initially assist at least 500 families or 2000 persons.  Thanks to our GlobalGiving extended family of donors and  some big hearted local officials in the Cebu area, which was especially damaged we have begun the substantial effort.   We are providing clean water, food supplies and hope so  that the most vulnerable families, especially the elderly and children, do not feel forgotten.

Super Typhoon Rai/Odette is the most devastating of 15 major storm systems that battered the Philippines in 2021. Our area of operations is across the coastal regions of Visayas and the northern areas of Mindanao, including 63 cities and countless small towns and villages. In these areas, the typhoon destroyed more than 20,000 homes. Temporary shelters are overcrowded and have limited food, water, and hygiene supplies. AAI is providoing resources to immediately providie canned fish, sacks of rice, and soap products.

Special note: AAI and local partners are moving hygiene supplies, canned fish, and rice toward the devastated areas. An owner of a canned sardine company was so moved by our urgent efforts, he added hundreds of additional cans to our order from his own pocket and is accompanying truck drivers to the affected areas.

Our partner, Ms. Lourdes, program coordinator for IPI Foundation and on-site organizer, says:" In affected areas, more than 90 percent of electricity, telecommunications, and roads are damaged. Our enduring partnership of at least 10 years of relief programs with AAI enables us to work together as one family team. This time, the danger posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the extent of the devastation poses an immense challenge. We try to always keep our faith and never give up hope. "  In response, AAI has pledged  to take responsibility to fund/ assist at least 2,000 persons in  coastal areas who have been battered by the storm.

The immediate focus is to keep people alive, healthy, and in a positive frame of mind, enthusiastic about building a better future. Our strength is in our multiple partnerships with local, national, and international institutions and organizations. If you would like to add to support to this essential program, please click on the link below:

Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

 

We are also offering a smaller project to get food, water, and hygiene supplies into the damaged areas as quickly as possible. 

Emergency Aid for 2,000 Typhoon Rai Survivors

Thank you,

Albert Santoli,

Director, Asia America Initiative

Damage is widespread
Damage is widespread
Ports, roads, bridges, and communications are down
Ports, roads, bridges, and communications are down
Thousands of homes are knocked down
Thousands of homes are knocked down
Team delivery of aid to survivors on Christmas eve
Team delivery of aid to survivors on Christmas eve
All communities in Cebu area were damaged
All communities in Cebu area were damaged
No one is forgotten in the relief effort
No one is forgotten in the relief effort
Plastic pail becomes all purpose home
Plastic pail becomes all purpose home
In typhoon relief family support is the focus
In typhoon relief family support is the focus

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Dear Friends,

In July, Typhoon Fabian drenched  the northern islands of Luzon in the Philippines leaving more than 22,000 people homeless in the areas of Illocos and Laguna-Quezon provinces.  Thousands of displaced families need basic necessities. The dire situation is more complicated due to a new wave of the COVID19 virus infecting hundreds of thousands of people across the northern and central Philippines, including in typhoon damaged areas. Asia America Initiative and local partners continue assisting families by providing food, clothing, hygiene supplies, protective gear against the virus, toys for children and clean water. 

The COVID pandemic and simultaneous floods are just another chapter in the plight of the Philippines which leads the world in a variety of natural disasters. " Asia America Initiative's local partners and volunteers have chosen to risk their lives  to conduct  emergency and long-term relief operations to hundreds of affected families," says Dr. Yolanda, Director of the One World Institute. "We apply lessons learned as a team from two decades of partnership in relief programs."

Asia America Initiative specializes in support to disaster survivors, especially in remote villages that are difficult to reach. We are assisting thousands of families, especially children and the elderly, who are in desperate need. Our mission is to serve as a lifeline where hope is in short supply. Our goal in 2021 is to assist 30,000 adults and children in the flooded areas. Our next mission into Illocos mountainous area is planned for early September. We have loaded large boxes of aid materials shipped from the United Staters onto trucks in manila. We will continue to distribute donated food, medicines, clean water, hygiene, and education/school suppliesfor the current crisis period..

If you would like to support this project as we have entered the new typhoon season, please click the link below. Your donations are always greatly appreciated. 

Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Thank you, 

Albert Santoli,

Director, Asia America Initiative

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AAI and partners give needed relief to children
AAI and partners give needed relief to children

Asia America Initiative and our local partners are continuing to provide relief to families displaced by November's Super Typhoon Goni in the Philippines. In a recent event, we were able to include stuffed animals for the children, as well as books, and hygiene supplies. 

The psychological trauma after a catastrophe can be especially difficult for children. Giving a stuffed animal offers them a small friend to tell their trouble to. We have witnessed children coming out of their shells when given a toy or when able to draw pictures that tell their story. The pandemic has decreased the number of care givers who can visit and provide comfort. But the children know they have friends and angels who may be far away but still care about them. 

"I love my little bear," said a shy child named Maria.  Her family lost almost all of their belongings in the Super Typhoon.  "I named him "Gabby Bear."  Because he always keep me company when my Mom is taking care of my baby sister."

In November 2020, Super Typhoon Goni delivered destruction across the Philippines. The floods, wind damage, mud, and rock-slides have displaced more than 400,000 people. In areas of Visayas and Mindanao, many houses and schools were destroyed. New storms and flooding in 2020-21 have increased the damage.

Our immediate goal is to assist 30,000 additional disaster victims. The immediate impact is to keep people alive, healthy, and in a positive frame of mind 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 fortified by our multiple partnerships with local, national, and international organizations. Most importantly, the support of our extended community of GlobalGiving donors is helping to establish a model of self-sufficiency for storm survivors across the region. We are grateful for your contnued support.

Children are so happy to receive a stuffed animal
Children are so happy to receive a stuffed animal
A boy and his new best friend
A boy and his new best friend
Children sharing their new toys
Children sharing their new toys
A bear always brings a smile!
A bear always brings a smile!
AAI and partners join efforts to give relief
AAI and partners join efforts to give relief
Continued family support is crucial for recovery
Continued family support is crucial for recovery

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