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Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines

by Asia America Initiative
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines
Families receiving relief supplies
Families receiving relief supplies

During October 2019, a series of devastating earthquakes in Mindanao, Philippines have caused the displacement of more than 200,000 people. Their suffering has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Asia America Initiative and local partners are supporting communities in remote, rural areas where there is urgent need. We provide food, clean water, temporary shelter, warm clothing, blankets, strong pails, hygiene materials, and basic health care items for at least 5,000 displaced families. 

Covid-19 has added to the misery of the earthquake survivors.  Lockdowns and quarantines have presented many challenges.  But we are expanding our programs thanks to our long-standing relationships in communities including good planning and hard-working volunteers. 

Families that are homeless due to natural disasters need access to educational materials as well. AAI supplies, books and other learning materials when possible. AAI and partner volunteers prepare packages and coordinate delivery of hygiene supplies and learning materials to the families even where conditions might not be the best.  We are very proud of their efforts and your generosity to support these efforts. Cash donations allow us to be responsive to purchase supplies locally when international shipping isn't possible.

Fortunately, we are in a good position because we were routinely sending humanitarian shipments to the Philippines before the worst levels of the pandemic virus had occurred.  Your donations through GlobalGiving allow us to be flexible in providing PPE supplies purchased at the local level to protect staff, teachers, and volunteers so that they can continue to distribute the much-needed relief. 

Asia America Initiative iis committed to working with local leaders and other community-based organizations, police, and firefighters to deliver goods and services urgently needed.  We are continuing to provide support for 5,000 families especially in hard to reach areas. 

Your continued support is a life-saver to the families in these devastated communities. 

Thank you for your support,

Albert Santoli,

Director, Asia America Initiative

PS. We will be participating in the upcoming Refugee Week campaign of GlobalGiving during the week of June 15th-20th. We welcome you to part6icipate as we seek funding to move programs forward.

 

 

AAI volunteers deliver relief aid
AAI volunteers deliver relief aid
A family receives an AAI care package
A family receives an AAI care package
AAI volunteers assembling care packages
AAI volunteers assembling care packages
Children receiving supplies pre Covid-19
Children receiving supplies pre Covid-19
AAI Volunteers making care packages
AAI Volunteers making care packages
AAI Distribution of PPE and medical supplies
AAI Distribution of PPE and medical supplies
AAI donated rice and water arriving
AAI donated rice and water arriving

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Girls educated in refugee camp read story books
Girls educated in refugee camp read story books

From November 2019 into 2020 communities across the Philippines have been struck with a series of natural disasters and calamities that has made the role of Asia America Initiative as first responders imperative. At a time when such disasters are endemic across the world, our ability to provide rapid community support has been made possible by our partners like you.

We are helping families in the Central Philippines that have been devastated by 3 major and 51 minor earthquakes within a few weeks during the Christmas holiday season.  Thousands of families were made homeless.  With our NGO partners and local volunteers, AAI has provided food, clean water and hygiene supplies, as well as books and toys to assist hundreds of children in mountainous areas overlooking the city of Davao to cope with trauma. Many villages have been reduced to rubble, roads remain barely passable and towns have been damaged beyond simple repairs. Thousands of people are displaced and still live in makeshift tents along roadsides and in fields. 

Almost immediately after the devastating 6.5 earthquake, AAI empowered partners to enter affected rural areas.  The distribution of food, water, shelter, and other supplies has been necessary for survival.  We are especially sensitive to special needs of the elderly who are usually forgotten by outside aid agencies in such conditions. "A simple gesture of kindness can boost the spirts to those who have experienced life threatening disaster and have lost everything," says Ms. Lourdes who is one of our key implementers of disaster response.

AAI's mission is long term development. "For community transformation to succeed," says Ms. Lourdes, "we must stabilize communities after a disaster. We enjoy building hope and empowering communities afflicted by conflict and severe poverty."  We have learned repeatedly that peace, security, and respect for human dignity are inseparable. 

If you are able to assist families affected by the Davao earthquakes, please click on our project page. It is a blessing to have reliable GlobalGiving donors who are an important part of our extended Development Family when emergencies arise. Immediate response is crucial. Thank you! 

(If you would prefer to support monthly, GlobalGiving is offering a 100% match on your first donation.)

 

Wishing you peace,

Albert Santoli

President, Asia America Initiative

Mothers with donated food to feed their families
Mothers with donated food to feed their families
Stuffed toys cam traumatized children
Stuffed toys cam traumatized children
Partnership matters in major emergency relief
Partnership matters in major emergency relief
Supporting the needs of the elderly
Supporting the needs of the elderly
Survivor child carries a friend to safety
Survivor child carries a friend to safety

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