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
AAI waterpipe: handwashing mandatory, all students
AAI waterpipe: handwashing mandatory, all students

The greatest challenge one year after typhoon Haiyan is that hundreds of communities are still severely damaged.  Food and shelter is still desperately lacking.  And illnesses caused by lack of clean water and malnutrition is rampant in countless schools.  Asia America Initiative has mobilized local communities as partners to provide resilient and long-term clean water, nutrition, gardening, school books and supplies and rubber sandals for children who must walk 2 or three miles to school each day.

One of Asia America Initiative's model schools and communities is the Bulak Elementary School in Batad Iloilo, a farming and fishing community, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan one year ago. Our goal for the school's 300 children to assist their parents and teachers rebuild and create lasting solutions for the most essential needs of the children through the end of the 2014-15 school year.  

 At Bulak Elementary School in Batad, 6th grade teacher Maria Joseta Peregil, says:               

“Ours is a farming community where most families live by a ‘hand-to-mouth’ existence.  Every day, we witness the struggles of our pupils. Many of them go to school wearing worn-out rubber sandals and clothes. Their worn-out school bags have insufficient school supplies. Some walk three to four kilometers to school without eating their breakfast.  This situation make them difficult to teach because often our pupils are restless and noisy. As teachers we do our best to help them.  We even take what little funds we have from our own pocket to reach out but we cannot afford that much. We have our own struggles too, trying to ‘make both ends met’ with our meager salary.”

These children are met with insufficiency in every essential need.  At home, there’s not enough food to eat and no decent clothes to wear.  In school, students lack basic facilities such as access to water, toilets, windows and ventilation in classrooms, and few school books.  When Typhoon Yolanda struck our community and destroyed our homes and school, the children were even more deprived of the little they had. We did not believe there were people out there who were loving and caring enough to share with us.

We were surprised to find that there are still many kind-hearted people around the world who care.  But charitable foundations come and go to give relief goods and shelter.  Their help only lasted for a while.  What we need is a sustainable program to help us rebuild our lives, if only for a year to help us gain strength and fully recover from the tragedy.

God is really good.  Asia America Initiative (AAI) came unannounced and gave us books, rubber sandals, school supplies and tents which makes our pupils very happy.  AAI President Albert Santoli required the whole community to work together to make the programs strong and to share our resources in support of each other.  It made the children feel the LOVE and CARE necessary to overcome the trauma of the tsunami and broken lives (aside from their parents and teachers).  It helped them regain their dignity, self-confidence, and trust. The donated textbooks enhanced their interest in reading and learning.  Their new sandals protect their feet and make them look neat and presentable. Among all these efforts by AAI, it is the Daily Feeding Program cooked by school mothers, which motivates the children to go to school every day. For the children, school is now the best place to dwell because they learn and are hungry no more. Even we teachers are happy because we can also eat and don’t teach with hungry stomachs anymore.  Pupils’ absences have been minimized.  The parents are inspired to be more diligent and cooperative in all activities of the school especially in cooking for their children.

We asked for a little LOVE and a chance to regain our dignity, but we received much, much more through AAI listening and making sure the children’s plea, and wishes for a normal life without hunger, sickness and fear were granted.

On the wall of the main classroom building, which is still damaged from the tsunami wave and wind that turned reinforced steel stone buildings into bent and twisted ruins, are two big cardboard sign with the picture of a rubber sandal -- the new symbol of hope.  One sign celebrates the community's partnership with Asia America Initiative.  The other sign includes the words "Thank You Global Giving." 

Outdoor school kitchen, cooked by moms
Outdoor school kitchen, cooked by moms
Big cooking pots bought by AAI for school
Big cooking pots bought by AAI for school
Dads help serve school lunch too!
Dads help serve school lunch too!
Children learn good hygiene/handwash before lunch
Children learn good hygiene/handwash before lunch
Providing rubber sandals to every school child
Providing rubber sandals to every school child
Bulak students thank Global Giving for sandal fund
Bulak students thank Global Giving for sandal fund

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Gomeri Elementary School in Batad, Iloilo
Gomeri Elementary School in Batad, Iloilo

Asia America Initiative continues to assist communities rebuilding their lives in areas devastated by the world's mist powerful storms of 2013.  Thse environment is complicated by continuous heavy rain in June and July, 2014.  Tides are high and fast, creating jeopardy for fishermen.  Upland farmers have to cope with soaked fields.  Many schools still lack roofs and adequate classrooms. Thousands of families still live in tents and sleep on mud floors.  Yet AAI's Operation Save Lives surges forward.  With the assistance of our local partners One World Institute and IPI Foundation and volunteers and the "sweat equity" of local teachers and parents -- and thanks to our international donors through Global Giving --  we continue our Surge of Hope!!  Since November 2013, with support from donors from all around the world, we have assisted more than 120,000 people. 

Among our current programs, we are providing Public health and hygiene supplies to at least six communities  and serving more than 10,000 persons between Iloilo and Capiz, on Panay mega island in Visayas.  We are providing school nutrition and clean water instruments to villages and schools along the coast of Iloilo.  This includes providing school supplies and books and rubber floor tents to schools in the area serving more than 3,000 pupils.  Due to the generosity of our donors,we have provided medical support for senior citizens, especially grandparents, across the region.  

Bulak Elemenrtary School in Batad, Iloilo  was knocked down by a giant tsunami surge wave in November 2013.  The commun ity did not know how they could recover.   A senior 6th grade teacher says, "We are so happy to have received many new reading and text books for our school library from AAI.   Also nutritious meals, tents and even a fund for materials needed for student's fathers to renovate school buildings.  We are surprised by what is being given to us like more efficient toilets. We are grateful for your kindness.  We would like to show the World that you are the people who helped us. We are so fortunate.  God bless you all."

Children in "hobbit tents" at Bulak, Elmentary,
Children in "hobbit tents" at Bulak, Elmentary,
AAI Team Elsa Visayas
AAI Team Elsa Visayas
AAI warehouse of school supplies Iloilo
AAI warehouse of school supplies Iloilo
AAI Operation save lives, Capiz  6-28-14
AAI Operation save lives, Capiz 6-28-14
AAI - 1 World Inst - IPI Fdtn Book Project 7-1-14
AAI - 1 World Inst - IPI Fdtn Book Project 7-1-14

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Baliguan Island Fishing coordinator Mr. Zacarias
Baliguan Island Fishing coordinator Mr. Zacarias

On April 21, 2014. volunteers from Asia America Initiative embarked on a two-hour boat ride to Baliguian Island in the Visayan Sea between Iloilo and Cebu provinces to participate in the christening ceremony of 6 motorboats built by fishing families to resestablish their fishing trade and feed themselves in the wake of devastating Typhoon Yolanda.  The materials for the boats were paid for by Asia America Initiative with support from Globalgiving donors.  The craftsmanship was done by the local fishing families, who have lived on this island for centuries.  This AAI fisheries program affects more than 300 persons who live on Baliguian island.

The project coordinator on Baliguian Island is Mr. Barry Zacharias, a community leader and fisherman, who volunteered to give 20 other families acces and ownership of the co-op motorized boats before his own family would be provided for. In response, AAI made sure that his family was also included with funds from AAI President Albert Santoli in Washington. Mr. Santoli said, "Recovery from the typhoon requires unselfish leadership and community cooperation.  Mr. Zacharias demonstrated these noble qualities, and we wanted to make sure he and his family, including three small children, were not forgotten.  I guess they trusted us, too...  that is the beauty of this process and the reason we can do so much with the the funds we raise with the help of our Globalgiving donors.  

 Other fisherfolk recipients of AAI boats, with formal titles, are  

               1. Johnny Canillas

                  Wife- Mary Grace Canillas 

               2. Erlito Juanito

                   Wife- Susan Juanito

               3. Norberto Zacarias

                  Wife- Luz Zacarias

               4. Leo Bacongco

                 Wife - Lourdes Bacongco

               5. Gary Z. Marquez

                  Wife - Mary Marquez

              6. Charlzon Bantillo

                  Wife - Joy Jean Bantillo 

The island was devastated by the typhoon winds and a tsunami-like tidal wave  in November 2013.  The finalization of the boats took a little time as the materials were purchased at a reduced price from the main island of Concepcion on the coast of iloilo Province.  Island to island transport is done through passenger boats that usually have limited trips.  We budgeted our funds to build sturdier and bigger boats with motors to withstand the heavy seas now more dangerous because of climate change.  Our motorboats are fit to survive the open sea. 

Soon, We will be purchasing $1,500 worth of materials  including hooks, strings and petromax (lamps powered by gasoline) and we will turn it over this week so they can start catching squids and other fish after the formal turn over. 

In addition AAI also turned over 2 boxes of books to the only elementary school in Baliguian Island, as we have made education of the children an additional priority. 

AAi Coordinator in Visayas, Marlon Jinon, says, "During the turn-over ceremony, islanders cried a lot of times because they were so happy that they will now be able to feed and educate their children. 

They thank AAI and our Globalgiving partners for your support." 

AAI youth volunteers carrying new boats to sea
AAI youth volunteers carrying new boats to sea
Baliguian island residents cleaning beach
Baliguian island residents cleaning beach
Baliguian fisher folk thank God for life and boats
Baliguian fisher folk thank God for life and boats
fisher families who built boats now receive titles
fisher families who built boats now receive titles
Baliguians built new boats now Christen them
Baliguians built new boats now Christen them
community fiesta meal celebrate new AAI  boats
community fiesta meal celebrate new AAI boats
Beauty of Baliguian Island and Visayan Sea
Beauty of Baliguian Island and Visayan Sea

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AAI-OWI-IPI relief team distributing food packs
AAI-OWI-IPI relief team distributing food packs

Asia America Initiative and our partner consortium of community based organizations and volunteers have surpassed our intial November 2013 goal of providing food and clean water to 5,000 families or 30,000 persons in the typhoon devasted areas of the central Philippines. We have now served 11,616 families or 58,310 persons, working into Christmas week. We thank Global Giving international donors for your kindness and life-saving generosity. We have used your funds with care and time effective missions. In this overwhelming environment of needs, we utilize our strength at AAI in acting as both service providers and as catalysts for extended teamwork.  The week before Christmas, the combined Asia America Initiative - One World Institute - IPI Foundation relief team based in Cebu and supported by Global Giving donors and corporate sponsors such as Eli Lilly, TomTom International, Dell and Gap conducted a life-saving relief mission to Leyte in communities near Tacloban. The devastation is beyond words. Malnutrition borders on starvation. Additional funds for food and water purification came from International Relief Teams in San Diego and medical supplies from Direct Relief of Santa Barbara, California and hygiene products from International Pharmaceutical Inc. of Cebu. Local people -- including many elderly men, women and children of all ages were elated --  but have no idea how they can survive in coming weeks.

During this same period, Asia America Initiative's tireless youth volunteers in Iloilo conducted training of two-dozen AAI Catalysts for Peace team leaders, including nurses and school teachers, to spread across across the Panay - Iloilo extended area where at least 500,000 people along the coast and on small islands urgently will need bi-weekly distributions of food and water until new crops can be grown and fising boats built. We provided training with life-vests to volunteers in order to survive choppy seas if any accidents occur. We are also distributing water filters and a new shipment of purification tablets that will purify more than one million gallons of muddy water.  In early January, we will be assisted by the Philippine Coast Guard to reach isolated islands with 50 to 100 families that are a one to two hour boat ride off the coast, with rough high waves slowing the time of travel.  

 Our target is self sufficiency for at least 10,000 families or 50,000 persons by April. We are providing hammers, nails and wood-working tools for survivors to rebuild their homes, fishing boats and their lives, as well as gardening tools and local seeds for nutritional sustenance.  As we enter 2014, we and the surivors of Typhoon Haiyan ask you to please not forget ourt efforts...  even a small monthly contribution of $10 or $20 will do wonders. Pictures represent many words, so we are sharing our experience with you to let you know the good you have done.  May God bless you all in the New Year.  

 

Flattened town in Leyte assisted by AAI-OWI-IPI
Flattened town in Leyte assisted by AAI-OWI-IPI
Leyte children calling for help from passersby
Leyte children calling for help from passersby
Malnourished child in makeshift shelter
Malnourished child in makeshift shelter
AAI-OWI-IPI relief truck arrives
AAI-OWI-IPI relief truck arrives
hundreds of families line up for food and water
hundreds of families line up for food and water
strong back and big heart of AAI-OWI-IPI volunteer
strong back and big heart of AAI-OWI-IPI volunteer
water filters provided to families by AAI
water filters provided to families by AAI
AAI tools for survivors to rebuild lives
AAI tools for survivors to rebuild lives

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AAI team assist children on Baliguian Island
AAI team assist children on Baliguian Island

Throughout the Christmas season, teams of youths and young professional volunteers organized by Asia America Initiative and funded by Global Giving donors continue to conduct food and water delivery missions to hard to reach mainland communities and islands in the Visayas region in the Philippines.  Local people live among the ruins of their demolished homes where the massive typhoon Haiyan unleashed Nature's fury on cities and small villages.  On December 15, 2013 an AAI feeding mission of 15 male and female volunteers, including school terchers, nuurses and college students traveled by small pump boats for two hours on choppy high seas to a community of 1,000 persons on Baliguian island.  

Adjacent to the city of Concepcion in typhoon's central path, the fishing community had lost all of its boats and the hard working people were unable to provide for their own livelihoods and nutritional needs, especially for  children and elderly family members.  The AAI team was the first private aid provider the islanders had seen in the one month since the storm had struck.  As one child asked. "Did Santa send you?  We cannot believe you are here."  AAI's plan is to immediately deliever food to save lives but the next stage is to help fisher folks rebuild their boats to rebuild their lives and feed themselves. Hundreds of public schools and medical clinics were also flattened.

For the AAI volunteers who mostly live in the capial city of Iloilo, the choppy seas and high waves  felt like a roller coaster.  They were wearing life vests, baseball caps and powder blue AAI t-shirts along with Santa Claus hats in the tropical heat.  Their rented boats were filled with rice, canned foods ands gerry cans filled with clean water to provide for more than 200 families or some 1,000 persons for one week.  Fruit trees and gardens were destroyed by the heavy wind and waves Funds from Global Giving donors are essential to cover the cost of locally purchased life saving foods. Many children, whose schools were destroyed, already showed signs of malnutrition.  Their smiles made the difficulties of the travel worth the effort for the AAI volunteers.  Thus far they have provided food and other humanitarian supplies to more than 30,000 persons who lost their homes in the storm.  

The urgent survival needs of countless communitiesin Visayas will persist well into 2014.  "We could not achieve our mission without the support of compassionate donors such as our friends at Global Giving,"  says AAI team leader Marlon Jinon.  "Even though we have never met in person, our international supporters are very much in our hearts."  

Happy children eat a full meal 1 month after storm
Happy children eat a full meal 1 month after storm
parents pick up donated food, water and clothing
parents pick up donated food, water and clothing
Villager on Baliguian island assist AAI volunteers
Villager on Baliguian island assist AAI volunteers
AAI team are Santa's helpers for island children
AAI team are Santa's helpers for island children
children on Baliguian grateful to AAI & GG donors
children on Baliguian grateful to AAI & GG donors

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