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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
A young man happy to receive a new book
A young man happy to receive a new book

Donations continue to arrive which assist communities who are dealing with the aftermath of typhoons and other natural disasters. These past few months, your donations helped to send shipments of books, toys, basic medical equipment, mother and baby items and other supplies needed to the island of Sulu in the Philippines.

Asia America Initiative with our local partners is conducting long-term relief and providing food and water to thousands of affected families. 

In Sulu, one partner is the local Fire Department who assists with the arrival of donations. They transport the heavy boxes from the port to the local university and participate in the sorting of donations. The donations will then be distributed to AAI sponsored schools, the local hospital, and birthing centers in the area.

Mindanao State University is another local partner who generously donates space for the housing and sorting of goods. Our AAI team is on location at the university to coordinate the distribution and as a contact for schools arriving to receive donations. As is usually the case, the local schools are the lifeline to the community.  AAI has developed a good relationship with the schools we sponsor. The staff is attuned to the needs of the families in their area. We are able to account for donations and know where they are going. Donations for the local hospital and birthing centers will be transported there by the fire department after the sorting.

The Philippines leads the world in natural disasters. In September 2018, Typhoon Mangkhut delivered destruction to the northern Philippines causing 105,000 homeless. These areas were heavily damaged in 2013 by Super Typhoon Haiyan and in 2017 Typhoon Vinta.  In September 2019, severe rains flooded communities in the port city of Zamboanga in the southern Philippines with more storms predicted in the near future.

The immediate impact after a typhoon is to keep people alive, healthy and in a positive frame of mind enthusiastic about building a better future. Our long term goal has been self-sufficiency for storm survivors across the region. Our goal this year is to assist 30,000 additional disaster victims. "The importance of teamwork involving many organizations in the community is made possible by the materials and support we have received from AAI and your donors across the world," says Dr. Magna, RN, who is also the Dean of the Graduate School of Mindanao State University in Jolo. "Every item is a blessing that we appreciate and a motivation to our partners and other members in the humanitarian relief community."

If you would like to continue to contribute to this project, please follow the link below. If you have been thinking of donating monthly for our long term project, this is a great way to budget and Global Giving is giving a 100% match for new recurring donations - a nice way to help communities you care about and double your impact! (Be sure to toggle to "monthly" donation.)

Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Thank you for your donations and concern. 

Donations of new items for mother and baby arrive
Donations of new items for mother and baby arrive
Firefighters arrive early to transport donations
Firefighters arrive early to transport donations
Firefighters and schools help to sort donations
Firefighters and schools help to sort donations
Donations of new items for mother and baby arrive
Donations of new items for mother and baby arrive
School representatives choose what is needed
School representatives choose what is needed
Toys are used in psychological first aid
Toys are used in psychological first aid
Diapers are simple but essential
Diapers are simple but essential
Group Photo of distribution event helpers
Group Photo of distribution event helpers

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Recovery from storms requires total community
Recovery from storms requires total community

 

Thank you for supporting Asia America Initiative's project, "Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors." Your continued support has allowed us to experience the essential components of how a community can recover from devastating natural disasters.  An effective recovery process requires the Time to be industrious and build trust; Patience to weather any subsequent storms and the Sweat of communities sharing their labor and skills to rebuild homes, schools and their human spirit.

In September 2018, major typhoon Mangkhut delivered destruction to the northern Philippines causing 105,000 to be homeless. These areas were heavily damaged in 2013 by Super Typhoon Haiyan and in 2017 Typhoon Vinta.  The storm not only devastated the northern "rice bowl" area of the Philippines, but also caused heavy flooding and mud slides in the central Christian Visayas region and in the southern region of Muslim Mindanao. 

We continue to assist displaced and severely affected communities. Our goal for 2019 is 30,000 people, primarily children and elders.  "The impact on food prices in the entire Philippines was drastically increased because of the damage in the north where most rice is grown," says Nurse Faith, an AAI coordinator in Visayas  In response, AAI increased daily lunch programs in schools with a 40 to 50 percent participation rate by parents of school children. "This program has brought communities together, most of whom are impoverished agricultural workers who do not own their own land."

Asia America Initiative is committed to providing food and water to thousands of affected families. We also provide shelter materials, hygiene supplies, medicines and other post-trauma services. We distribute large quantities of education/school supplies and the means to set up clean water supply systems.

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

If you would like to give monthly support for our long term project, please follow the link below.  Monthly contributions are a great way to budget and Global Giving is giving a 100% match for new recurring donations - a nice way to help communities you care about and double your impact! (Be sure to toggle to "monthly" donation.)

Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Thank you for your donations and concern. 

Garden in schoolyard of inner-city Salih Yusah ES
Garden in schoolyard of inner-city Salih Yusah ES
Flooding is a yearly occurrence in the Philippines
Flooding is a yearly occurrence in the Philippines
Fire fighters in Jolo help to rebuild schools
Fire fighters in Jolo help to rebuild schools
Teachers at renovated Catig-Lacadon Elementary
Teachers at renovated Catig-Lacadon Elementary
Children overcome fear with confidence
Children overcome fear with confidence
Lugmah ES is a product of community spirit
Lugmah ES is a product of community spirit
Soldiers help the community by helping to paint
Soldiers help the community by helping to paint

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Principal Rowena with faculty
Principal Rowena with faculty

As a result of tragedy caused by Super Typhoon in 2013, during the past five years we have learned much about how community can not only survive but realize confidence for success on their own initiatives. We want to share with you a success story about the students of rural Catig Lacadon ES in the Visayas region of the Philippines, which had been devastated by 200 mph typhoon winds. Almost all children who attend this school are children of seasonal agriculture workers who seldom own the mountainous land they labor.  AAI continues to support Catig Lacadon and other schools who we met when they were in shock and uncertain of their future. Today, students of Principal Rowena are achieving numerous district and regional honors in academics, journalism and the arts. 

When a community is able to be stabilized after a natural or man-made crisis, their ability to get back on their feet via neighbors helping each other, greatly improves. "By bringing the community together through the schools doing repair and rebuilding classrooms, students, teachers and their families begin to heal and reenergize," Principal Rowena reflects. "By providing daily meals at school cooked by Moms, when food and water are limited and expensive, the children begin to feel stronger and become healthier. They can concentrate on their studies and begin to get back to normal."  AAI in Virginia and our local staff are with them on a daily basis. We want them to know they are not alone in this world trying to recover from such devastation.  Thanks to our Global Giving donors, we are able to be there.

The Philippines is continuously battered by tropical storms. In September 2018, major typhoon Mangkhut delivered destruction to the northern Philippines causing 105,000 homeless. These areas were heavily damaged in 2013 by Super Typhoon Haiyan and in 2017 Typhoon Vinta. Asia America Initiative with our local partners conduct long-term emergency relief and provide food and water to thousands of affected families. We provide medical and food support to disaster survivors, especially in remote villages that are difficult to reach. Today we sustain assistance to thousands of families, especially children, in desperate need. We extend a lifeline through partnerships with courageous volunteers and professionals. 

Our long term goal is self-sufficiency of storm survivors across the region.  The immediate impact is to keep people alive, healthy and in a positive frame of mind to be confident and enthusiastic about building a better future. The long term effect is for all involved to have a role in addressing the medical and social systems of impacted communities. AAI's strength is in partnerships with local, national and international donors and experts who show us how to help ourselves."

We thank you for your continued support. 

Parents and students at award ceremony
Parents and students at award ceremony
Students showing pride in their classroom
Students showing pride in their classroom
Celebrating the garden at Catig Lacadon
Celebrating the garden at Catig Lacadon
Parents working in the school garden
Parents working in the school garden
Classroom planning
Classroom planning
Banner showing Catig Lacadon awards
Banner showing Catig Lacadon awards
Students displaying their awards
Students displaying their awards
Students in line for AAI sponsored midday meal
Students in line for AAI sponsored midday meal

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Typhoon relief during 2018 has been challenging and rewarding.  Villages in the Visayas, Philippines region suffered heavy flooding, damaging winds and massive landslides throughout the year beginning last December with Typhoon Vinta and most recently Typhoon Mangkhut and heavy rains during this pre-Christmas Season. Asia America Initiative remains actively assisting communities affected by natural disasters.  We have chosen public schools as the centers of communities where we can focus on both nutritional support and psychological post-traumatic recoveryA little love goes a long way.

AAI's Global Giving donors have been generous and supportive. Thanks to a Global Giving corporate grant and many heartfelt donations from every-day people, we have been able to help communities begin to rebuild and recover.  AAI structurally assists in rebuilding schools and repairing classrooms. We also provide food, hygiene supplies, clean drinking water and medical kits to impacted school populations. More than 12,000 individual school lunches per month are cooked on-site by caring Mothers and Grandmothers. Once again this Christmas, AAI has provided hundreds of children from impoverished families with toys, stuffed animals and artistic supplies that help to make their Holiday Season joyful.

Returning to relative normalcy is key to keeping communities together after a disaster. The longer recovery takes, the more likely families will become displaced and migrate to other regions due to poor living conditions and food insecurity.  "What AAI has done affects children in a positive manner on every level of their lives," says Principal Rowena at Catig Lacadon Elementary school in the highlands of Cuartero, Capiz.  "A gift as simple as a stuffed teddy bear or a coloring book with crayons, keeps the children active and replaces nightmares of tragedy with the joyful magic of Christmas. "

AAI believes in the dignity of the individual and keeping those impacted in a positive frame of mind. In order to keep children healthy, we continue to sponsor school lunch to some of the poorest areas in Visayas that were already below the poverty line.  We also wish to share with you in pictures some highlights of children receiving relief items from AAI staff during December 2018.  In January 2019, we will continue with new school supplies and to assure that every child in our schools receives a gift of Hope.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  We ask you to please feel that you are a part of this wonderful effort.  Your continued involvement is much appreciated.

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America Initiative and GlobalGiving wish to thank you for your past donations to this ongoing project providing assistance to Typhoon Vinta survivors to overcome severe storm damages that overwhelmed their communities. We have completed the Vinta relief program, thanks to your assistance.  But new typhoons and other natural disasters are keeping us very busy at this time. Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific Ocean regions are at the forefront of experiencing the impact of global climate change.   Thanks to our GlobalGiving donors we have been able to facilitate typhoon recovery with immediate aid and longer term rebuilding.

In Western Visayas, where Vinta struck, schools that had been damaged last year, continue to make progress and flourish. To preserve consistency and build confidence in expanding progress already made, AAI has continued to sponsor lunches at school prepared by mothers and grandmothers. We keep students healthy and focused on their studies though nutrition and clean water programs, including hygiene for washing hands. In response to storm damage, such as from the recent Typhoon Mangkhut in September 2018, we are providing roof and classroom repair, keeping the community focused on rebuilding better lives. Children have been able return to school after a short time. School closures could last for a long time -- even years -- as families concentrate on their own home repairs and food insecurity after a damaging typhoon.  Our role is to stay long enough to get people on their feet and moving forward.

Your encouragement through doinations of all sizes helps to build the determination in children in affected communities to pursue goals and develop livelihood skills that will carry into their adulthood; even sharing their meager possessions with other communities that are in crisis.

We ask you to please continue supporting this project --  Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors, GG #15262, as well as our new program to provide recovery aid to survivors of Typhoon Mangkhut, GG #35691.

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Asia America Initiative

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