Scholars and an advisor put their hands together
Asia America Initiative is pleased to announce to our donors who contributed to "Support Typhoon Survivors to Finish College" that we have met our goal to cover the cost of the education of the 25 youths who qualified for 2014 and 2015 graduation. The juniors and seniors were accepted into the Bright Futures Scholars program at Visayas State University in Ormoc, near the epicenter of the November 2013 typhoon in the Philippines. Girls and boys, they are studying a range of subjects such as agriculture, nursing, computer science, and food management. The scholars and their College Administrators have already received the funds needed to complete their college education and are properly accounting for all resources.
Our Global Giving community of donors contributed 15 percent of the total needed, an additional 25 percent came from corporations who adopted AAI's typhoon recovery programs through Global Giving. The remaining 60 percent came through a consortium of individual benefactors and non-profit charitable organizations such as IPI Foundation and One World Institute. Needless to say, service providers and the scholars are incredibly grateful to you all.
The scholarships represent hope of recovery to rebuild lives caused by the massive storrn, floods and devastation to millions of lives during and after Typhoon Haiyan. More than a million people remain homeless and more than a million others struggle to rebuild their lives in the Visayas area. During recent recent weeks steady hard rain from a series of monsoon storms continues to cause misery and slow the process of recovery. AAI and our partners are pleased to be part of the organizations, local and international, of all shapes and sizes, who contunue to try our best to assist those in need. We could not do it without kind and generous donors from around the world. No amount is too small. We are blessed because it comes from your hearts.
Thank you again for your kindness. May God bless you all.
2014 Bright Future Scholar was class Valedictorian
Entire community celebrates 2014 graduation
Visayas State University campus after the typhoon
Some of he scholars on campus between classes