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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
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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Families gathered at a Relief Center
Families gathered at a Relief Center

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Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Dear GlobalGiving Friends,

Beginning in December 2019 the Philippines has been dealing with earthquakes, a massive volcano, typhoon floods -- and now -- the Covid19 Virus.  The pandemic has caused the capital, Manila, and most of the country's 7,000 islands to be "locked down."  We have been proactive with more than 20 years of emergency relief experiences. Our ongoing relief for typhoon survivors funded by GlobalGiving donors has enabled us to pre-position supplies from abroad and purchase essential goods from local markets. Distribution is being conducted by Asia America staff through school nurses and other local volunteers. To maintain our inter-cultural focus, we are also donating foods to children's feeding programs in churches in the Washington, DC - Northern Virginia area.

We are among the relatively few organizations able to provide support. The communities we serve are now experiencing shortages of food and medical supplies. We were fortunate to have a large shipment of food and medical supplies, including sterilized gloves, face masks and anti-bacterial soaps and sprays. We stepped up our effort with shipments in January and February, and currently US partners are preparing to donate supplies to our Filipino teams.

"The Healthcare team in West Visayas State University Hospital - Medical Center would like to humbly ask for your support," requests Dr. Lissette Fontanilla-Gonzales. "We badly need supplies of Disinfectants, Surgical masks, and other protective equipment to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in our country. Praying fervently for your favorable response.  A heartfelt thanks to all of AAI's team and donors for your generosity."

Our long term goal is the self-sufficiency of storm survivors across the region. The immediate impact is to keep survivors of multiple disasters alive, healthy and in a positive frame of mind. We stabilize the medical and social systems of impacted communities. Our strength is in our multiple partnerships with local, national and international organizations.  Your donations especially matter to keep our network in place in order to be able to respond to events as they happen. 

Clean water is hard to find in flooded areas.
Clean water is hard to find in flooded areas.
AAI especially cares for elders in the community
AAI especially cares for elders in the community
Rain continues to fall after flooding
Rain continues to fall after flooding
Hygiene supplies protect vulnerable people
Hygiene supplies protect vulnerable people
AAI team works with local school nurses
AAI team works with local school nurses
Fire fighters are reliable distribution partners
Fire fighters are reliable distribution partners
Happy volunteers pack donations in Virginia
Happy volunteers pack donations in Virginia
AAI believes every community matters
AAI believes every community matters
Thank you AAI donors!!
Thank you AAI donors!!

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Asia America Initiative supports more than 60 schools in First Aid/First Response who prepare for disasters in their local communities. All of these schools are located in areas impacted each year by typhoons, earthquakes and sometimes volcano activities. Students volunteer for service and are trained by school nurses and fire fighters to assist when an event takes place. The students are also instructed in leadership skills, situational awareness and post-trauma first-aid.  Your donations help to provide first-aid supplies and other training materials. In 2015, we started with 1 school and 20 students and have grown to include more than 500 elementary and high school students that have been certified since the program began. 

The UN states 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.

Asia America Initiative with our local partners is conducting long-term relief and providing food and water to thousands of affected families. We also provide shelter materials, hygiene supplies, medicines, and ongoing post-trauma services.

Our long term goal is for the self-sufficiency of storm survivors across the region.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.

"These has never been a program such as Asia America Intitiave's training of student nurses," says Doctor Amy who is former Superintent of Schools in Sulu province. "The children have shown enthusiasm and skills beyond their years in assisting their elders and classmates. This also creates the groundwork for more medical professionals to imrove pubic health in our communities."

If you would like to keep making a difference to these communities in 2020, please click through the project report and select the orange Donate Now button. With your help, we can continue to expand disaster response programs like this one which is so important for a community's resilience after an emergency. (If you are interested in a monthly donation, GlobalGiving is offering a 100% match!)

Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Thank you so much for your past contribution. 

I wish you peace throughout the holiday season and in the new year.

Albert Santoli

Asia America Initiative

Students learning about first-aid
Students learning about first-aid
Students proud to wear his first-responder vest
Students proud to wear his first-responder vest
Local Firefighter assisting with training
Local Firefighter assisting with training
Mini Nurses learn how to bandage patients
Mini Nurses learn how to bandage patients
CPR is taught to elementary school students
CPR is taught to elementary school students
After training, proudly displaying certificates
After training, proudly displaying certificates
First-responders students in emergency vests
First-responders students in emergency vests

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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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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Albert Santoli
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