A Silver Lining


Ondoy

There was no river to overflow. There was only rain and the devastating flood

It rained day and night with no let up. The water had no place to go. The storm drains clogged with dead leaves and other debris during the long drought and now these same drains failed to allow the run off to freely flow.

Misery. Devastation. The small houses suffered most as the water level rose. People became displaced seeking shelter in the most unlikely places – atop corrugated tin roofs, bridges, even junk piles in the dump. A cry for help rang out over the countryside.

SAS Ai, Inc. volunteered to broker a voluntary emergency collection among Filipinos living and working here in the United States, and elsewhere overseas. A few kind and generous souls came forward with their donations. SAS Ai then contacted the local municipality and informed the mayor of the emergency funds transmitted to his administration for distribution to the victims. SAS Ai also informed the Principal of St Augustine School of a forthcoming emergency aid package from the overseas Filipino workers for the victims of the typhoon and the flood.

When the rains stopped and the waters receded and the flood victims returned to what was left of their homes, the Mayor’s office and the Principal’s office had already distributed the aid package to 98% of them. The aid was given in a very timely manner.

Although emergency help is not SAS Ai’s primary mission, we can thank the President and CEO of SAS Ai, Atty Romeo J Somera, CPA whose prompt action helped the typhoon victims with the emergency collection. In this instance SAS Ai performed community outreach services, the very umbrella wherein the SAS Ai scholarship program falls under.

 

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2012 Awards

SAS Ai, Inc. Winner of the 2012 Greatnonprofits Top Rated Awards

Writes Zaidee Tumangan, Business Entrepreneur:

“The scope of work that it entails to keep a nonprofit organization afloat is not easy. It takes guts and an extraordinary business acumen to do so. After all, nonprofit organizations are not after making a profit. Instead, it is a business for a cause.

Witnessing the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of everyone involved at St. Augustine School Alumni International – whether in management, as a volunteer, fund-raiser, and/or field team member – made me a BELIEVER. I started as a donor and recently invited to become a member of the Board of Trustees. It gives me great pride to be working with these dedicated and hard-working volunteers.

I once read that our greatest responsibility in life is to take care of one another. St. Augustine School Alumni International mission statement epitomizes this responsibility. My hope as a donor and a member of this organization is for every person to find that call in their hearts.

To our scholars, keep up the good work. It is a privilege to be able to join and help you in this very remarkable journey. All of you think that what we have given you is something special, but, please know that what you are giving us in return is much more.”