International Aid Campaign (IAC) has donated USD 200 to Maldivian students affected by the typhoon in Philippines.
The Airworks Aviation Academy in Cebu City – hit hard by Typhoon Rai – houses dozens of Maldivian students.
The typhoon caused major damage to the dormitory where the students reside in, leaving them without water and electricity, and causing interruptions to communication and other essential services.
IAC confirmed via their Facebook page on Wednesday, of having provided financial assistance to local students affected by the typhoon in that area.
They said that financial assistance was provided for 33 students – USD 200 each – to help them cover the cost of their essential needs.
IAC also detailed that following communications with the students – they identified that the students wished to relocate to a safer area. Therefore, taking note that how the students can be helped in this aspect is through providing them financial aid, they decided to grant them financial assistance.
“Our hope is that this aid helps the students cover the rent of the new apartments (about USD 100) they moved to as well as, water and food, in addition to help them in resuming their studies,” they had said.
IAC said that they handed over the monies for 22 students to the representative student they have been communicating with, Mohamed Aseel Hussain, on December 23.
In addition to these 22 students, IAC aid that they inquired the status of local students living in other areas of Philippines which was impacted by the typhoon and provided these students with financial assistance – increasing the number of those helped to 33.
Foreign Ministry has previously stated that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had decided to provide the students financial assistance through the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) and the Zakat Fund in order to move them to a temporary shelter where they have access to essential services.