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Ayuda Foundation makes a difference in NMI – Marianas Variety

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Ayuda Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the islands of Micronesia in times of need, has sent the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands four containers of relief goods since Super Typhoon Yutu hit on Oct. 24.

Team member Ed Arriola, based on Saipan, said the team tried to maximize the impact of the donations, “making sure we can touch as many people as possible.”

The first two containers were sent just weeks after Yutu in early and mid-November.

The first container was filled with noodles, tents, tarps, gas stoves, lights, toilet paper, trash bags, corn, water, juice and other items. The second container came half-filled with equipment and supplies for the commonwealth hospital and the other half-filled with diapers, canned food, water, machetes, tents, tarps, rope, towels, and shampoos/soap and boxes of blank cotton T-shirts.

In late November, the foundation purchased $6,450 worth of canned goods donated directly to The Salvation Army which, in addition to its food donations to the community, provides daily meals for the Saipan shelters as well as providing “take-out” meals for public school kids to take home after school, according to a report by Arriola.

On Dec. 12, a third container arrived at the warehouse on Saipan with sardines, tuna, mackerel, canned meat, rice, corn, numerous buckets, forks, batteries, solar lights and assorted clothes.

Arriola said the items in the three containers plus the canned goods were used to assemble 1,073 large boxes, 420 buckets, 487 plastic bags and 250 medium boxes, all filled with assorted relief supplies.

On Dec. 19, a fourth container arrived holding 50 boxes of mosquito nets, rice, canned meat, corn, noodles, water, clothes and diapers.

Residents on Saipan receive donations from the Ayuda Foundation. Photo courtesy of Ed ArriolaResidents on Saipan receive donations from the Ayuda Foundation. Photo courtesy of Ed Arriola

He said the donations primarily went out to the southern villages of Chalan Kanoa, Susupe, San Antonio and Koblerville. Various supplies and goods also were delivered to the Independent Center for Living, the Tan Holdings Shelter and the Kagman Yutu Shelter, according to Arriola.

In addition to distributing the goods, Arriola said, he and his team provided feedback on what items were most needed for the community.

“It’s very fulfilling to give these goods out,” he said.

But Arriola, who began working with the Ayuda Foundation after Typhoon Soudelor hit Saipan in the summer of 2015, said it was the handwritten personal letters sent to CNMI residents from students at Saint Paul Christian School on Guam that he calls “very, very touching.”

“This particular donation touched a lot of people,” he said. “It just brightens up their day.”

Arriola said the “continuous stream of support” by the Ayuda Foundation has left him with a feeling of pride.

“I’m very proud to be part of the organization,” he said.

The Ayuda Foundation also has sent relief goods to the Tinian mayor’s office and the first lady foundation on Saipan.

Source: Google News : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109712-ayuda-foundation-makes-a-difference-in-nmi

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