AAI Nurse Faith at Carataya Elementary, Capiz,
Devastating floods in the Visayas areas of the Philippines caused by typhoon storms and heavy rainfall have a serious helath and nutrition impact on millions of children. They also affect domestic animals such as dogs,who are abundant in every small village and town. With food scarce all nutritional need must have the priority of "children first," which every family sees as their duty. Some 18 months after Typhoon, many communities and thousands of families are still in dire need in the vast area that was damaged. Asia America Initiave, supported by donors from Global Giving has been able to keep trust and service to a number of the most in-need and under-supported communities who feel abandoned and at the edge of survival. AAI's program coordinator in Visayas is Registered Nurse Faith Dela Torre, who was born and lives with her husband and children in this region. We have had discussions with many local educators and medical professionals to seek their guidance in program priorities at this time.
"In all of the communties we serve," says Nurse Faith, " communityleaders have asked us to keep our priorities on the children's essential needs. They have told us that thus far there have been few cases of illness, such as rabies, in domestic animals and that the dogs are able to scavenge for food. Veterinary care is truly in short supply, but thank God I have not seen any infectuous diseases carried by animals in our communities."
For those reasons excpressed by community health leaders, we have closed the Dog Rescue Program.The $185 we received in donations has been spent on the program's basic needs.
We welcome donors to consider donating to our multi-service flood relief program, Food And Water For Philippine Typhoon Survivors, https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/philippines-disaster-relief-fund/
We and our beneficiary communities are very grateful for your support.