Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19

by Asia America Initiative
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19
Family receives package of food relief
Family receives package of food relief

Dear Friends, 

Because of your support, we were recently able to help another  community ravaged by non-stop typhoons and flooding in the Philippines.  This relief mission was in the area of Bata'an in the Luzon region where we assisted more than 500 families. The area was struck by storm Jolina in early September. We were able to reach out with local partners and provide relief that had already arrived in Manila in preparation for the Typhoon season. Our success has been rooted in our ability to forecast possible events and preposition relief goods to supply to an extensive network of local partners and volunteers. Please know, your contributions make a big difference and are the reason we are able to proactively do it this way. 

After the flooding subsides, shelter, clean water, food, and hygiene supplies are the focus. The faster refugees are stabilized after a disaster, the better. We try to keep people in a positive frame of mind. 

Asia America Initiative is working with local leaders, community organizations, police, and firefighters to deliver urgently needed goods and services to 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 continuously packing and sending 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.

Relief supplies from the US, including food and hygiene items, will be sent to the Philippines to be distributed to refugee camps and health centers. Your donation will help us to acquire emergency supplies to send to affected communities and instill hope.

If you would like to add to your support, please click on the link below. We are accepting donations now to send needed supplies to AAI-supported communities in the weeks to come.

Thank you for helping those families who have become refugees.

Father and children receive food and hygiene items
Father and children receive food and hygiene items
Taking care of the vulnerable elderly population
Taking care of the vulnerable elderly population
Relief arriving, Cheerios always welcome
Relief arriving, Cheerios always welcome
Rescuing people from flooded areas
Rescuing people from flooded areas
Volunteers are our heroes
Volunteers are our heroes
Relief goods delivery - local style
Relief goods delivery - local style
Mom and son receive food in makeshift shelter
Mom and son receive food in makeshift shelter

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AAI 2020 Relief distribution event
AAI 2020 Relief distribution event

In January 2020, 700,000 thousand people in the Philippines were displaced by Taal Volcano, in addition to many others affected by typhoons, fires, floods, and COVID19. Asia America Initiative and our partners provided emergency food, water, tarp shelters, blankets, hygiene, face masks, and basic health care items for 2,000 displaced families and around 100 first response workers and volunteers. Your donation was critical in bringing hope to those affected.

In the past few weeks, the Taal Volcano has become active again. Hundreds of earthquakes and tremors are occurring as steam and noxious gasses are being emitted. Local populations are planning for possible evacuation. Currently, there is increased earthquake activity in the general region that can generate flooding tides or tsunamis. The 2021 Typhoon season is just beginning in the Philippines and the region has already experienced 2 tropical storms and 1 Category 5 super typhoon!

AAI is continuing to send support  for 2,000 families or 10,000 adults and children.

Now is the time to prepare for inevitable crises in the Philippines. Transportation takes at least two mo nths to ship supplies by ocean freight from the United States. We are pre-positioning relief aid in Manila before the need is critical in nearby provinces and the regions of Visayas and Mindanao. We will be ready to distribute supplies to numerous internally displaced persons camps, schools, and health centers. 

With Covid19 protocols in mind, we will continue to provide face masks, plastic face sbields  and sterile gloves to more than 300 firefighters and professional health workers. AAI has been very careful to maintain sanitary practices regarding donations and we provide masks, gloves, and plenty of antibacterial gel to our staff, volunteers, and partner frst responders assisting with the distribution of relief aid.

AAI’s mission is to help build, educate, and empower local communities through a bottom-up approach. We facilitate community engagement regardless of religion. Our presence is in some of the poorest and most dangerous places for outsiders. Open communications with local communities ensure they are not forgotten and they are not alone. By going beyond humanitarian intervention, our network of support promotes peace and development. Our success is achieved through trust based on consistent cooperation. 

If you would like to add to your support, we are gathering donations to send emergency supplies and food to affected communities in June and July. Your donations make it all possible. Thank you.

Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19

Gratefully, Wishing you peace,

 

Albert Santoli

Director, Asia America Initiative

Buckets can be for washing, carrying, or sitting
Buckets can be for washing, carrying, or sitting
We are sending donated clothing from Hershey's
We are sending donated clothing from Hershey's
Care Kits created by volunteers for the homeless
Care Kits created by volunteers for the homeless
Pallets of Relief prepared for shipping
Pallets of Relief prepared for shipping
Assisting displaced children after flooding
Assisting displaced children after flooding
AAI staff provide relief w/ local responders
AAI staff provide relief w/ local responders
Soap, toys, and books for displaced children
Soap, toys, and books for displaced children

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Homes destroyed by storm surge
Homes destroyed by storm surge

On January 21, scores of wood-frame homes built on the shoreline of southern Mindanao were knocked down after a storm surge caused by a large earthquake in the nearby sea. Hundreds of families were displaced to local shelters after the calamity. Asia America Initiative is working with local leaders and community organizations, police, and firefighters to deliver urgently needed goods and services to these newly displaced families who cannot return to their homes. 

These traditional wooden homes are built and used by fishermen in their livelihood trade on what is called the foreshore area of the shoreline. (In the surf!) This is like shopkeeper living above the store with their families. These structures are built on the leeward side of the island in a usuallysafe port area. Only during unusual circumstances, such as this nearby radiating earthquake or relentless storms of  high magnitude, would these homes be at risk. The families affected have now lost their main source of income as well. 

AAI and local partners, such as the local fire department and school geachers joined our exended team.  Volunteers gave 200 families a 5-gallon water jug and 1 week's worth of food and hygiene supplies for 1,000 people.

Beginning in January 2020, thousands of families in the Philippines have been displaced by Taal Volcano, typhoons, fires, floods, and are under risk of new straizns of Covid19. Overall, 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 previous donation has assisted us in affected communities and inspires hope for the homeless. Thank you!

If you would like to continue your support, please click the link to our project page. 

Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19

Thank you, 

Wishing you peace, 

Albert Santoli

 

Looking at the aftermath of the storm surge
Looking at the aftermath of the storm surge
Families try to salvage belongings
Families try to salvage belongings
Families evacuate to shelter as houses collapse
Families evacuate to shelter as houses collapse
Children are welcomed at the evac center
Children are welcomed at the evac center
A baby is carried to shelter
A baby is carried to shelter
Homes slip into the sea
Homes slip into the sea
Firefighters bring water to the distribution event
Firefighters bring water to the distribution event
AAI and partners assist families in need
AAI and partners assist families in need
AAI and volunteers work to help families affected
AAI and volunteers work to help families affected
Local Firefighters transport AAI relief supplies
Local Firefighters transport AAI relief supplies

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PPE and other supplies arriving from AAI donors
PPE and other supplies arriving from AAI donors

Thank you for your previous support for this very important project. Beginning in January 2020, thousands of families in the Philippines had been displaced by Taal Volcano, typhoons, fires, floods, and now Covid-19.  Asia America Initiative and our partners provided emergency food, water, tarp shelters, blankets, hygiene, face masks, and basic health care items for 2,000 displaced families and first response workers. Thus far, we have provided 4 tons of relief supplies for Taal volcano victims. 

In the Philippines, the school year opening has been delayed for 4 months and the children are now due back to school in early October. Schools are preparing for back-to-school under Covid19 conditions and Asia America Initiative has been hard at work distributing PPE items such as masks, hand sanitizer, and face shields to teachers and volunteers in AAI project areas. Recovering communities are especially in need as many families are displaced from other areas. 

We are currently waiting for clearance from the Philippine government to resume relief assistance to Taal volcano in coming weeks or months.  In the interim we are providing local hospitals damaged by the volcano and rlated earthquakes with medical supplies and much-needed equipment.  

If you would like to make a small contribution as ongoing support, the link below will take you to the donation page

Aid to Refugees of Taal Volcano, Floods, COVID-19

PPE's given for teachers to interact with students
PPE's given for teachers to interact with students
Everyone wants to help out ;)
Everyone wants to help out ;)
Director Santoli with donations at warehouse
Director Santoli with donations at warehouse
Schools receiving hygiene and personal protection
Schools receiving hygiene and personal protection
Distribution of supplies to families
Distribution of supplies to families
Thank you AAI donors!
Thank you AAI donors!

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Children given stuffed animals for mental health
Children given stuffed animals for mental health

Asia America Initiative, working with local leaders and other non-profit organizations, police, are delivering urgently needed goods and services to more than 500 families. AAI received large, in-kind donations of ready-made food, blankets, and hygiene supplies. We have been slowed by two months of pandemic quarantines and lockdowns.  But starting at the end of May, we are organizing to resume sending humanitarian support of much-needed hygiene, medical, and nutritional supplies to be in place as the country opens. 

Thanks to donations provided by GlobalGiving community members, we were able to immediately ship to the Philippines goods that were distributed to families in need.

On January 12, 2020, the Taal Volcano began to erupt near Manila, Philippines, affecting over 502,500 people. The Philippine government estimates 73,000 school-age children had been displaced and almost 80 schools had been abandoned. 146,992 persons were in a temporary shelter in 489 evacuation centers. Fresh food, clean water, and shelter materials were in short supply.

AAI and our humanitarian partners were among the first organizations from outside of the region to provide on-site assistance.  "Everybody is just hanging on with many people sick from the virus,"  says Dr. Yolanda of One World Institue, one of our core humanitarian partners. "We would like to resume immediately but we cannot risk infection and unneccessary deaths." Worse, on May 14, Typhoon Ambo struck this area and created more displacement and destruction.

If you would like to continue support for this campaign as we are continuing our work.

Relief for Families Displaced by Taal Volcano

Thank you,

Director Albert Santoli

PS. World Refugee Day is on June 20, 2020. We will be sending information to you about how to support a special project for displaced families affected by the Covid-19 Virus.

People receiving much needed food at AAI event
People receiving much needed food at AAI event
Children in line to receive supplies
Children in line to receive supplies
AAI Hygiene and Medical Donations arrive near Taal
AAI Hygiene and Medical Donations arrive near Taal
In-Kind Donations of cereal are sent to families
In-Kind Donations of cereal are sent to families
Children receiving nutrition and hygiene supplies
Children receiving nutrition and hygiene supplies

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