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
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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Villagers asses damage after Typhoon Goni
Villagers asses damage after Typhoon Goni

The Philippines leads the world in natural disasters. Between September and November 2020, a series of typhoons delivered destruction, displacing thousands of families across the island nation. 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 also provide shelter materials, hygiene supplies, medicines, and ongoing post-trauma services.

In November 2020, Super Typhoon Goni delivered destruction across the Philippines. The floods, wind damage, and 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 have furthered the damage. We continue to care for displaced and severely affected communities. Our assistance goal for 2020 is 30,000 people, primarily children, and elders.

Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 1. If you would like to continue to support this program, your contribution will receive a match from GlobalGiving if made before midnight. Click the link below:

Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Wishing you peace in the coming year,  

Albert Santoli

President, Asia America Initiative

Stranded families evacuate after Typhoon
Stranded families evacuate after Typhoon
Families try to salvage belongings
Families try to salvage belongings
Rescue operations were extensive
Rescue operations were extensive
Rooftop rescues are always dangerous
Rooftop rescues are always dangerous
A community under water
A community under water
A tub serves as a flotation device for young girl
A tub serves as a flotation device for young girl
Young girl with AAI relief aid arriving
Young girl with AAI relief aid arriving
Coordinators begin receiving AAI relief aid
Coordinators begin receiving AAI relief aid
AAI pails have many uses after disaster
AAI pails have many uses after disaster
Villages begin the long recovery
Villages begin the long recovery
Water as far as the eye can see
Water as far as the eye can see

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Teachers and volunteers pack relief supplies
Teachers and volunteers pack relief supplies

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought many challenges including getting needed supplies and food to communities recovering from natural disasters. Typhoon and armed conflict survivors across the Philippines have been greatly affected by hardships created by the pandemic. In Asia America Initiative pograms that address disaster relief in the three major regions of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao we have strategized with our local partners in affected communities to "link arms for progress."  Thanks to our GlobalGiving donors, local health professionals teachers, firefighters, and volunteers have been working together to receive and distribute much needed food, shelter and hygenic supplies as it arrives from the United States.

We are fortunate to be conducting long-term relief and providing food and water to thousands of affected families. We support  disaster survivors, especially in remote villages that are difficult to reach. We assist thousands of families in desperate need. We extend a lifeline through partnerships with courageous volunteers and professionals. Our goal in 2020 is to assist 30,000 adults and children. We will continue to distribute donated medical, hygiene, and education/school supplies and ongoing post-trauma services. The long-term effect is to have a role in addressing the medical and social systems of impacted communities.

In Sulu located in the Muslim region of Southeast Asia near Indonesia and Malaysia, our AAI Coordinator, Tarhata, an elementary school teacher by training, describes how she has learned by her experience of working with AAI:

"When I started working as a volunteer for AAI, I was swimming in a deep blue sea for I didn't know how it worked. I had a few ideas abouthow to best proceed, with an overwhelming series of calamities to address, but as I was actually there, being with the rest of the volunteers, my heart and love for helping others showed me the way. Big help to that of course, is the encouragement from my mentor, Prof Albert Santoli.

"Thank you so much to all of our generous donors. Being able to lend a hand in my own little way misan a sangsa da kuman is fulfilling. I know the Sulu AAI team shares the same feeling. Through this process I have learned that I have so many worthy friends around the world who I have never met. Their kindness makes our work easier and happier. Thank you so much to all volunteers and donors of Asia America Initiative. We are indeed a big family."

Asia America Initiative with our local partners are conducting long-term relief and providing food and water to thousands of affected families as the pandemic's intensity continues to fluctuate and spreads fear.

It is only one month before the start of a new school year. Our long-term challenge is to create a cost-effective system to address the medical and social needs of impacted communities. Our consistency of action helps to dispel fear and isolation. Our strength is in our multiple partnerships with local, national and international organizations.  With your ongoing help we are fighting for their success!


Working together makes everyone happy
Working together makes everyone happy
Firefighters transport arriving donations
Firefighters transport arriving donations
Volunteers arrange for supplies to be distributed
Volunteers arrange for supplies to be distributed
Volunteers pack rice packets for families
Volunteers pack rice packets for families
Rice is an important staple for Filipino families
Rice is an important staple for Filipino families
Relief packages from AAI are ready to deliver
Relief packages from AAI are ready to deliver
Teachers and AAI volunteers prepare relief packs
Teachers and AAI volunteers prepare relief packs
A distribution center is set up in rural areas
A distribution center is set up in rural areas

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