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.
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