Beginning in January 2020, thousands of families in the Philippines have been displaced by Taal Volcano, typhoons, fires, floods and now COVId-19 infections. Asia America Initiative and our partners are providing emergency food, water, tarp shelters, blankets, hygiene, face masks and basic health care items for 2,000 displaced families and first response workers. We have provided 4 tons of relief supplies. Your donation will assist us in affected communities and inspire hope for the homeless.
In January, 2020, the Taal Volcano erupted near Manila, Philippines, affecting over 502,500 people. The Philippine government estimates 73,000 school-age children have been displaced and almost 80 schools have been abandoned. 146,992 persons are in a temporary shelter in 489 evacuation centers. Fresh food, clean water and shelter materials are in short supply. Many roads are impassable. Worse, this area is heavily affected by the COVID-19 virus with little to no hygiene and medical supplies.
Asia America Initiative is working with local leaders and community organizations, police, and fire fighters to deliver urgently needed goods and services for at least 500 families who cannot return to their homes. We have already delivered four tons of food, blankets, and hygiene supplies. We are also preparing to send support for an additional 2,000 families or 10,000 adults and children, who are homeless in especially hard to reach areas in Visayas and Mindanao regions.
Asia America Initiative and partners are helping to provide humanitarian items to aid 2,000 displaced families. We will continue to provide face masks and sterile gloves to more than 300 fire fighters and professional health workers. We have large boxes of relief supplies in the US and in the Philippines ready to be distributed in numerous refugee camps and health centers. Your donation will assist us with emergency supplies and logistics to serve affected communities and instill hope.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
AAI web site
Information on Volcano Taal humanitarian challenge
Article on homeless situation in affected areas
Describes long-term homeless crisis from volcano