Typhoon Bopha is party of an ongoing cycle of natural disasters caused by climate change that has severely affected the 100 million people of the Philippines, covering all regions of the country. More than 20 million survivors of Typhoon Bopha have had their communities severely affected with loss of homes, power, roads, bridges, clean water and food supplies.
This project of Asia America Initiative is targeting 5,000 families or 25,000 persons including some 15,000 infants and children in some the most damaged and hard to reach areas near Iligan in Mindanao. AAI's staff is equally Christian and Muslim in this highly diverse cultural area and has the ability to coordinate volunteers and reach some of the most difficult areas of the region. We have enthusiastic cooperation with community leaders, local officials and youth volunteer organizations.
The long term of effects of this project will be to save lives and strengthen a disaster recovery system. It is also trains and mobilizes local youth to be active as volunteers to assist their communities. And AI's inerfaith and intercultural staff inspires and builds trust between Christian and Muslim families and groups so that there will be long term peace and development