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
Thousands lose homes after earthquake storm surge
Thousands lose homes after earthquake storm surge

In January 2021an additional earthquake in the Mindanao region of the Philippines caused a storm surge on nearby islands causing the collapse of fishermen's homes at the shoreline. Not only were thousands of families displaced but their livelihood is now disrupted. In October 2020, a series of devastating earthquakes in the region caused the displacement of more than 200,000 people with additional earthquakes predicted. In the notorious Ring of Fire area of Southeast Asia this prediction has become our reality.

AAI is helping to provide food, clean water, temporary shelter, warm clothing, blankets, strong pails, hygiene materials, and basic health care items for these families. Asia America Initiative is working with local leaders and other non-profit organizations, police, and firefighters to deliver goods and services urgently needed. 

The COVID19 pandemic has made operations difficult and personal and group safety is a primary concern for AAI and our local partner organizations and our volunteers. However, we have a firm commitment to continue provbing aid and comforting support during thiscomplex crisis period. Thanks to our kind donors, we continue to concentrate on providing emergency aid and assistance to thousands of the elderly, adults and childen in hard-to-reach areas.

Thank you for your support of this very important project. If you would like to make a contribution, please click through the link below. We are also included in GlobalGiving's Little by Little campaign, March 8-12, which will receive matching funds for your contribution. We'll send you correspondence the week before. 

Urgent Earthquake Relief in Central Philippines

Wishing you peace,

Albert Santoli,

Director, Asia America Initiative

Families look for belongings after homes collapse
Families look for belongings after homes collapse
Families evacuate collapsing homes overnight
Families evacuate collapsing homes overnight
Children arriving to evacuation center
Children arriving to evacuation center
AAI and local partners provide relief to families
AAI and local partners provide relief to families
Families receive water, food, and hygiene supplies
Families receive water, food, and hygiene supplies
The fire department helps deliver containers
The fire department helps deliver containers
AAI, partners and volunteer ensure a safe process
AAI, partners and volunteer ensure a safe process
Water containers are essential during crisis
Water containers are essential during crisis
Finding new homes becomes the priority
Finding new homes becomes the priority

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AAI volunteer giving care packages to families
AAI volunteer giving care packages to families

Dear AAI Supporters,

Relief care packages are continuing to be delivered to families displaced in the Philippines.  We are making our best effort, with the assistance of local service providers, to overcome logistic obstacles due to the COVID Pandemic.  Volunteers in the field for Asia America Initiative work together to sort relief supplies sent from the US. "Care packages" are prepared and distributed to displaced families who are still living in makeshift homes and tents. 

It's been a year since a series of devastating earthquakes erupted in the province of Mindanao in the Philippines, causing the displacement of more than 200,000 people. Their suffering has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.  At present, heavy rains during the typhoon season are adding to difficult road conditions.

"Fr. Luk, a parish priest in Paranaque, is very thankful for donations made to suffering families in the area," says Auntie Chitt, an AAI volunteer.  "He did not expect that the boxes of food and clothing would be so huge.  He kept repeating, "Thank you." He gives his heartfelt thanks to AAI for the great help. The local community is also grateful and they thank you for interceding."

Families that are homeless due to natural disasters need access to educational materials as well. AAI provides school supplies, books, and other learning materials when possible. AAI and partner volunteers coordinate the delivery to children unable to attend school. We are very proud of their efforts. Our worldwide donors are a bridge of concern for mothers, fathers, and children without a home. We all work together to make a big difference in their everyday life. We have ongoing relief support for 5,000 families, especially for those in hard to reach areas. 

Thank you for helping us to serve those in the most serious need.  We could not do this without you.

Albert Santoli, 

Director, Asia America Initiative

AAI donations arrive into the Philippines
AAI donations arrive into the Philippines
Volunteers meet at an AAI sponsored school library
Volunteers meet at an AAI sponsored school library
Food donations are vital for proper nutrition
Food donations are vital for proper nutrition
Books are important for students to read at home
Books are important for students to read at home
Volunteers are our heroes
Volunteers are our heroes
Care packages are ready for distribution!
Care packages are ready for distribution!
Families receive food, hygiene supplies and books
Families receive food, hygiene supplies and books

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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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