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Relief for Philippine Typhoon Vinta Survivors

by Asia America Initiative
Relief for Philippine Typhoon Vinta Survivors
Relief for Philippine Typhoon Vinta Survivors
Relief for Philippine Typhoon Vinta Survivors
Relief for Philippine Typhoon Vinta Survivors
Relief for Philippine Typhoon Vinta Survivors
Relief for Philippine Typhoon Vinta Survivors
Relief for Philippine Typhoon Vinta Survivors
Relief for Philippine Typhoon Vinta Survivors
Relief for Philippine Typhoon Vinta Survivors
Relief for Philippine Typhoon Vinta Survivors
Thank you from Cuartero Elementary School !
Thank you from Cuartero Elementary School !

I am pleased to inform all GlobalGiving donors to the Asia America Initiative project for the December 2017 Typhoon Vinta relief programs, that we have raised the target of $5,000.  Mission Accomplished!!

We are very grateful to all of our GlobalGiving community who extended your kindness and compassion to assure that we could provide emergency response of food, clean water, garden seeds and tools for self-reliance and long term rebuilding.  In addition, we have been able to partipate in the renovation of schools that were damaged in the flooding via new desks and chairs, chalkboards, school supplies and many books of various subjects to replenish libraries and supplemental learning programs.

"The role of Asia America Initiative with so many generous donors has been an inspiration to our entire school community,"  says Principal Luz of the Central Elementary School in Cuartero, in Visayas region. "We thank God that we were not forgotten by friends who we never realized we actually had --  so far away from our home area."

Asia America Initiative has other typhoon and flood relief programs still active through GlobalGiving.

If you wish to assist in our continuing typhoon program, please see: Project #15262, Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors. FYI for 2019! Recurring donations are matched by GlobalGiving if you prefer to make a smaller monthly donation for your charitable giving. 

The link to AAI's GlobalGiving project page:

Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Typhoon survivors create a fond Heart of Thanks
Typhoon survivors create a fond Heart of Thanks
School rebuilt after major storms
School rebuilt after major storms


America Initiative and GlobalGiving wish to thank you for your  donations to this ongoing project providing assistance to Typhoon Vinta survivors in the Philippines to overcome severe storm damages that overwhelmed their communities. We have completed the formal 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 cimate 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 through 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 have lasted 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 donations of all sizes helps to build 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 classmates and other communities that are in crisis.

We ask you to please contune 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.


Typhoon rains arrived early into Sulu, Philippines this year. Flooding is bringing challenges for clean water and good hygiene in the communities Asia America Initiative supports. 

AAI was able to utilize GlobalGiving donations to secure a 1,000 bars of soap to assist more than100 schools in the intensive rain and flooded areas after the new school year began in June. We are also coordinating with school nurses and more than 200 mini-nurses in elementary schools to teach the youngest children hygiene techniques and to prevent water borne diseases caused by mosquitos. We continue to spend GlobalGiving donations to purchase clinical supplies and to disinfect flooded classrooms. "The soaps and disinfectants donated by AAI and their donors have helped us to guard against illness and disease," says school nurse Khoy at Sheikh Mustafa Elementary School.

Asia America Initiative provides shelter, medical and food support to disaster survivors, especially in remote villages that are difficult to reach. We assist thousands of families, especially children, in desperate need of food, water and hygiene. "The more than 500 water containers [5 gallon]  are filled with fresh filtered stream water and distributed at schools and centers for displaced families,"  says Teacher Sharifa in Indanan.  "Our AAI team extends a lifeline through partnerships with courageous volunteers and professionals."

Currently, in Sulu Typhoon Vinta and recent cyclones have expanded our target population in 2018 of 10,000 people especially children. GlobalGiving has been a source of much-needed funding for the resources needed by Asia America Initiative to keep our lifeline active.  Harsh rainstorms have initiated a severe monsoon season in Southeast Asia, especially in the Philippines.  We sincerely thank all donors for your wonderful generosity.


Asia America Initiative and GlobalGiving wish to thank you for your past donations to this ongoing project!

This years GlobalGiving "Little by Little" Campaign will match donations up to $50 at 50%. If you would like to start a new monthly contribution, GlobalGiving will match it 100% ! The Little by Little Campaign will match donations this week (April 9-13) until funds run out. If you are thinking of donating during this special event, follow this link: 

In Decemember 2017, Typhoon Vinta heavily damaged areas of the Philippines, many previously destroyed in 2013 by super typhoon Haiyan. The floods, wind damage and mud- and rock-slides have displaced nearly 100,000 people. Many houses and schools were destroyed. 

Since then, with your help, impacted communities are continuing to clean up after the tragic natural disaster. Schools, especially in Cuartero, Capiz were flooded up to their ceilings.  Many classrooms were devastated.  However, we galvanized immediate community action with funding support from Global Giving.  School  building structures were vitalized and classrooms restored.  AAI's ongoing project to support communities with dignity and compassion has succeeded beyond expectation  We are sending teacher and students in Cuartero classroom supplies and books, which enabled them to continue in their day-to-day learning while repairs by their parents and teachers continue around them.

“Thank you so much for the continuous support to our school children in the Vinta typhoon disaster affected district of Cuartero,” says esteemed elementary school principal Ms. Luz Mayo. "Thanks to your generous response, our children were able to complete their school year due to the repaired classrooms and replenishing of destroyed books and school supplies. 

“You have made a difference in rapidly repairing our schools, specifically Maindang Elementary School, Carataya Elementary, San Antonio Elementary, Putian Elementary, Angub Elementary and Cuartero Central School.  May your profound example be a guide to motivate more generous people to be touched to actively help our needy children.”

At Asia America Initiative, we appeal to our GlobalGiving donors to please remember us during the April 9 to 13 “Little by Little Campaign.”  Every contribution, matched by GlobalGiving will be a significant ingredient to helping our 4,000 school children in Cuartero to overcome the damage caused by Typhoon Vinta. We could not do this without you.  





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Asia America Initiative

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

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