Humanitarian Efforts

Feeding the 5000

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 in Humanitarian Efforts | 0 comments

Some Partnership Steering Committee members are volunteering for Feeding the 5000 – Front Range event on October 14th —  a free feast for thousands, made entirely, from fresh, top-quality produce that would have otherwise been wasted. See attached info for details and help spread the word.   Special thanks to Alexa Davis and Alice Moy who are volunteering!  Like the event on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/feedbackorg. Download the flyer...

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NaFFAA Reg V Empowerment Conf – Gala

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 in #auroraasian, #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Educational, Food, Humanitarian Efforts, The Philippines, Youth | 0 comments

National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Empowerment Conference Regional Conference will be held at two Aurora sites: Fri., October 16th — Youth Retreat 7:00 – 11:00 PM Location:  Knights of Columbus | Aurora Led by Javier San Andres, Region 5 Youth Coordinator, rf.javierdsa@gmail.com Sat., October 17th — Empowerment Conference 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Location: Crosswind Church | 15801 East Centretech Circle | Aurora Agenda: 8 am     Registration (free) and Continental Breakfast, for purchase at Crosswind 9 am     Opening remarks, introduction-NaFFAA Region 5 Chair—Dennis Apuan 9:30      Plenary-Immigration Reform, DACA-JT Mallonga, Esq., NaFFAA Chair 11:00    Plenary-AARP, Aging and Health, Major General Tony Taguba 12:00    Lunch Break, for purchase at Crosswind, also time for social 1:00      Plenary-FilAm Vote-Gloria Caoile, NaFFAA Filipino American Vote Director 2:00      Plenary-FilVet Recognition and Education Project, Major General Tony Taguba 3:00      Plenary-Youth Caucus, to be led by Javier San Andres, NaFFAA Region 5 Youth Coordinator Sat., October 17th — “Filipiniana” Gala (link to announcement) 6:00–11:00 PM $60 – Adults | $50 – Students (Ages 13-21) | $30 — Children (Ages 0-12) Location:  The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center | 200 Inverness Dr. West | Englewood Benefit Victims of Typhoon Haiyan:  About 2 years ago, Philippines was hit by the strongest storm ever recorded to hit landfall named Typhoon Haiyan affecting millions of lives. In the aftermath of the relief efforts made by local and international community, the Tacloban area primarily affected by Typhoon Haiyan have made tremendous progress. NaFFAA V was able to raise and donate more than $25,000 to help build livelihoods, provide food, water and shelter, and rebuild infrastructure and education, such as the Salvacion Elemetary School. However, more work is still necessary with a past catastrophic event of this magnitude but with continued support and effort, we as a region are excited about funding a project that is currently ongoing that would greatly help families in those affected areas. Proceeds of the gala will benefit the building of a Multipurpose Shelter in Tacloban, Leyte for temporary housing of families who remain homeless after two years of devastation by typhoon Haiyan. Almost two years after typhoon Haiyan, there are still several families living in danger zones, making do in makeshift shelters. There is an urgent need to relocate these families to safer grounds, especially with the onset of the rainy months. Once permanent housing has been built, it can be used as a community multi-purpose building.  Your support to this project will impact the lives of 290 families in a big way. Contact:  www.naffaaregion5.org | (303) 465-4070 http://naffaaregion5.org/fundraising-events/current-events/filipiniana-2015-gala The Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership is a proud sponsor...

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Ferry Sewol Disaster – Jindo, So Korea

Posted on May 12, 2014 in Humanitarian Efforts, Korea | 0 comments

The Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership donated $500 in May to this special fund.  Please consider giving to the families of the students who lost their lives.  They are truly devastated. AFP – April 22, 2014 — Young students will not be able to rejoin the loving arms of their families.  Over 100 people have died in the ferry Sewol that capsized April 16th, and bereaved families wait sadly for news of hundreds still missing, feared submerged in the waters.  Of the 476 people on board the Sewol, approximately 325 were students and teachers from a high school near Seoul, who were on a trip to the holiday island of Jeju.  Approximately 174 people have been rescued.  Nearly 750 divers, mostly coastguard and military, are involved in the recovery operation. Donations for families of the victims in Jindo, South Korea are being accepted by: World –OKTA Denver Bank:  FirstBank, Aurora, Colorado Bank Routing Number:  107005047 Bank Account Number:  379-555-5809 Recipient:  Korean International Trade Association E- Mail a destination:  oktadenver@gmail.com Pay to Order:  World OKTA Denver Address:  6795 E. Tennessee Ave. #601, Denver, CO  80224 Contact:  Daniel Oh,...

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Bayanihan — Being a Hero For One Another

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 in Humanitarian Efforts, Pacific Islands | 0 comments

On behalf of the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership, Co-Chairs Duane Wong and Andrea Amonick, and all the members of the Steering Committee, our hearts are grieved by the loss of life, family, friends, homes and businesses in the Philippines.  We commit our prayers and support to Filipinos around the world and the recovery efforts. Our Friends within the local Filipino community have been deeply affected by Typhoon Haiyan, yet, there is much comfort extended by the outpouring of support from the community – people such as yourselves.  Here are links to two upcoming events in December:  December 11th and December 15th — the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) and the Philippine-American Society of Colorado (PASCO).  Please mark your calendars and more information will be forthcoming.  PASCO was also featured in a recent Denver Post/YourHub Aurora article: “PASCO Looks to Aid Typhoon Haiyan Survivors” by Megan Mitchell, as well as several photos of PASCO’s Folk Arts Dance Repertoire rehearsal. Below is an eloquent pouring forth from the heart of one from the Visayas, Joan Cybil Yao, who “Needs to tell you” about the destruction in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan—and the generous support from all over the world: I Need To Tell You… Joan Cybil Yao November 13, 2013 at 5:17pm I need to tell you: The typhoon was worse than any of us could ever have imagined. The Philippines receives 20+ typhoons every year; floods, landslides and partly-blown off roofs are par for the course. Believe me when I say we have never before seen the likes of Yolanda / Haiyan. I need to tell you: Everyday, I read the news and reports from the field, thinking we’ve reached the bottom of suffering and despair, only to find new depths. Just when I think my heart can’t break any further from the stories of loss and tragedy, something new turns up to break it all over again. I need to tell you about the bodies decomposing on tree branches, under piles of rubble from collapsed houses, in churches, on the sides of roads, wrapped in blankets or straw mats. I need to tell you that the news cameras cannot show their faces – features frozen in fear as they died. I need to tell you about the storm surge – the 6-meter wall of water that rose out of the sea, rushed several kilometers inland and crashed over every building and house by the coastline. You need to understand that our nation is made up of 7,107 islands; nearly everything is by the coastline. I need to tell you how the storm surge swept in and out four times during the typhoon. Imagine the tremendous force of the sea, surging forward, crushing walls and foundations – and then that same force, sucking everything back in with it. I need to tell you how children were pulled from their mothers’ arms; how people clung desperately to rooftops or tree branches as friends and neighbors sped by, drowning or screaming for help; how today, bodies are still washing up on shore. I need to tell you about the woman who had to bury 9 of her family members after the typhoon; about the man who lost 30 of his family members to the storm; about the husband and wife who lost their three daughters, and have only located the bodies of 2. I need to tell you about the man who told his wife to stay in their house because it would be safer there. He found her body after the waters had subsided, embracing their dead son with one hand and...

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Friends Harry B. Esq. and Dr. Yrastorza Honored

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Humanitarian Efforts, Leaders, Refugees | 0 comments

Asian Avenue magazine features honorees Attorney Harry Budisidharta and Dr. Jaime Yrastorza in the November issue.  Links to their profiles follow.  Congratulations! Harry B. received APABA’s 2012 Governor Ralph Carr Service Award  (among other awards).  He was born in Indonesia, is a Partner with The Denver Firm, and is President of the Mile High JACL.  “…I am passionate about helping out the refugee population, he says.”  Attorney Harry Budisidharta’s profile… Dr. Yrastorza received Uplift Internationale’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is Founder and President-Emeritus of Uplift Internationale, now celebrating 25 years of mending cleft lips/palates of children in the Philippines at no cost.  He attended the most recent meeting of the Partnership, describing the upcoming missions trip.  Dr. Jamie Yrastorza’s...

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