Donor update

Since we have begun our N95/KN95 mask donation drive at the start of the pandemic, we have distributed almost 36 thousand masks to frontliners all over the country.

The battle in the Philippines is far from over though, and our frontliners need your help. With your kind donations we can help give these life-saving masks to these modern heroes.

Please donate here.

If you represent a hospital or group seeking to procure masks, please contact us or visit our Facebook page.

We thank you for your kindness in advance, and urge you to stay safe!

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N95 / KN95 Masks: Your Questions Answered

As the COVID pandemic continues and personal protective equipment start running out, there’s understandable confusion as to what facial masks to use. What is the difference between N95 vs. KN95? Is it safe to use KN95? What is a standard/industrial dust mask vs. surgical/medical grade? What is FPP1, FPP2, FPP3?

We at  have compiled this list of resources to help everyone make well-informed choices on what masks to buy, use, or donate.

The bottom line is, with richer countries cornering the N95 market and driving factory prices up, exponential increase in shipping costs, and China tightening requirement for PPE export, what alternatives are accessible, affordable and safe?

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1. The US FDA approves use of KN95 due to shortage of N95.

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/faqs-shortages-surgical-masks-and-gowns

2. N95, KN95 and FPP2 are all similar. There are different names for different countries of origin. 

https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/1791500O/comparison-ffp2-kn95-n95-filtering-facepiece-respirator-classes-tb.pdf

3. Standard N95 masks—classified as dust masks for industrial use—are allowed by CDC for use in health care settings.

“Most HCP caring for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients should not need to use surgical N95 respirators and can use standard N95 respirators. If a surgical N95 is not available for use in operative or procedural settings, then an unvalved N95 respirator may be used with a faceshield to help block high velocity streams of blood and body fluids.”

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/respirator-use-faq.html

4. KN95 masks are also classified as standard and medical/surgical. Standard KN95, as the equivalent of standard N95, can also be used in healthcare settings based on parameters given in #3.

Surgical KN95s have the following codes:

– GB 19083-2010 “Technical Requirements for Medical Protective Masks”

– YY 0469-2011 “Medical Surgical Masks”

– YY / T 0969-2013 “Disposable Medical Masks”

Standard KN95s have these codes:

– GB 2626-2006 “Respiratory protective equipment self-priming filter anti-particulate respirator”

– GB / T 32610-2016 “Technical Specifications for Daily Protective Masks”

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&u=http://www.cem.org.cn/rhtml/20200304/index.htm&prev=search

5. European standard classifies protective face masks/respirators as EN 149:2001+A1:2009 and has 3 classifications:

– FPP1: filters at least 80 % of the particles measuring up to 0.6 μm

– FPP2: filters 94 % of the particles measuring up to 0.6 μm

– FPP3: filter 99% of all particles measuring up to 0.6 μm (when working with oncogenic or radioactive substances or pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungal spores FFP3-class respirator masks are recommended)

http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/1224943O/disposable-respirator-catalouge-eu.pdf

https://www.uvex-safety.com/en/knowledge/safety-standards/respiratory-protection/ffp-protection-classes/

6. 3M manufactures BOTH KN95 and N95 masks. 3M is also one the most counterfeited.

Check your 3M N95 through:

https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/worker-health-safety-us/3m-safeguard/

7.  Learn how to spot counterfeit masks:

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/usernotices/counterfeitResp.html

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/usernotices/counterfeitResp.html

IAHV continues to distribute N95/KN95 masks to our frontline workers. As of this posting, we have distributed 33,422 pcs. of N95/KN95 masks, of which 19,390 pcs were donated to government hospitals and agencies.

To support our work, please donate:

BDO

SM Aura branch

International Association for Human Values Foundation (Philippines), Inc.

Acct #008018014976

PAYPAL:International Association for Human Values Foundation (Philippines), Inc.

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Online Stress Release, Recovery and Resilience Lessons – Free!

Everyone is welcome to join our free online stress release, recovery and resilience sessions for COVID-19 frontline workers and the public! We will be going live every Tuesday 8:30 PM (Philippine Time) on our Facebook page. Click on the Interested or Going button above to receive a reminder.

Our trainers will take you through 35 minutes of simple, evidence-based breathing and relaxation techniques to

* Reduce stress
* Increase energy
* Boost the immune system
* Provide deep rest

This is a joint initiative with Art of Living Philippines.

View scientifically supported studies here.

We have donated over 15,000 masks. Our frontliners need more.

Please donate.

Since the beginning of the extended community quarantine in the Philippines, IAHV has donated over 15,000 life-saving N95/KN95 masks to our health and military frontliners all over the country.

As the number of new infections rise (over 3,800 as of today), personal protective equipment for our frontliners are becoming more scarce and the need is dire. Fortunately, we have secured a new shipment of N95/KN95 masks and we need funds to bring them into the country.

We need your help. Please donate.

BDO
Bank Name: Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc.
Branch Name: SM Aura Premiere
Bank Address LG/F SM Aura Premiere, Bonifacio Global City, Brgy. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Bank Tel. No.: +63.2.8856.5320
SWIFT code: BNORPHMM
Account Name: International Association for Human Values Foundation (Philippines), Inc.
Account Number: Acct #008-018-014-976

Paypal:
International Association for Human Values Foundation (Philippines), Inc.

E-mail us for inquiries.

Calling for COVID-19 Donations

If there ever was a time to donate in your lifetime, it is now.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has yet to peak. In the Philippines, as of this writing, we have 380 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 25 deaths. Public health experts believe the real number of infected is in the thousands. A lack of testing kits, personal protective equipment (PPEs), and adequate medical facilities and equipment are sadly all contributing to the chaos. Our frontline workers battling this pandemic are woefully in need of PPEs. Simply put, if we let them continue working the way they are now, without protection and exhausted at all levels, then our health system will surely collapse and thousands may die.

 

IAHV Philippines has distributed 5,000 pieces of N95 masks to 45 hospitals, PNP and AFP in one week’s time. It’s just not enough.

 

We have been able to reserve 50,000 pcs. more – a miracle in itself to find available stock. We need to import from China. We need the funds to make it happen.

 

However much you can donate, it will help.

 

Please send your donations to:

BDO
Bank Name: Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc.
Branch Name: SM Aura Premiere
Bank Address LG/F SM Aura Premiere, Bonifacio Global City, Brgy. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Bank Tel. No.: +63.2.8856.5320
SWIFT code: BNORPHMM
Account Name: International Association for Human Values Foundation (Philippines), Inc.
Account Number: Acct #008-018-014-976

 

Paypal:
International Association for Human Values Foundation (Philippines), Inc.

 

E-mail us for inquiries.

SKY Programs Launched for the first time in the Philippines

In collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), we launched two of our pilot projects that address the needs of the youth vulnerable to violent extremism. These programs are:

1. SKY Campus Program – in partnership with Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan (XU), targeting university students, faculty and staff; and

2. SKY Community Youth Program – in partnership with Thuma Ko Kapagingud Service Organization, Inc. (Thuma) targeting hard-to-reach and out-of-school youth in Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.

These programs aim to help heal post-traumatic stress, build resilience against stress, peer pressure, and eventually radicalization. We also hope to empower youth to be game changers and peace leaders inside and outside school.

The programs will run for three years and last December 8 was the first session.

IAHV Philippines Launches its First Peace Building Activity

From June 19 to June 21, 2019, The IAHV Philippines team, in partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philipines (AFP), visited three areas in Lanao del Sur, Mindanao. We conducted peacebuilding introductory workshops among the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, an insurgent group, former Maute-ISIS returnees and local government units.

It was the first time ever that these groups were together. Although the tension and uncertainty was high in the beginning, we are happy to report that it was a resounding success! The sessions were productive, the participants were involved, and there was an overwhelming feeling of hope over the three days.

Imagine what else we can do!

We’d like to share some testimonies from the participants:

“(The) MILF brothers are the happiest. They are not crying outwardly, but inside, they are crying with joy because of this camaraderie. Our troops really want this to happen again especially since our families need it” –Sommy Mangandog Panda “Commander Bangladesh”, 101st Command, Northeasatern Mindanao Front, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)

“Before we couldn’t sleep. We feared that the military would run after us. We fear our fellow ISIS co-fighters because they want to kill us. We felt (because of the activities) that this is how to release anger in your life. It was peaceful. It can help us, our children and our families. Because sometimes we don’t know how to release and control our anger.” -“Randy”, Former Dawla Islamiah (Maute ISIS)

“We are very happy that we saw the cooperation between the troops of MILF and the Philippine Government. I am so happy! I have been dreaming of this for a long time, wherein the struggles of both sides will result in achieving true peace for all the youth and citizens of the entire Mindanao.” -Ahmad Sabilullah Lintuan, 101st Command, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)

“I…quote from one of the commanders how he wished that his comrades were alive to see this day, to see that they have finally won peace together with the soldiers and the community. And everything they fought for was not in vain.” -Capt. Ron Villarosa, Jr. 103rd Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army

Kerala Flood Rescue, Relief and Rehabilitation Efforts

While those on ground zero strive on, you can lend them a helping hand, no matter where you are…
RESCUE  |  RELIEF  |   REHABILITATION  

Relief material from IAHV/Art of Living headquarters in Bangalore, heading to Kerala


The Extent of damage…

IAHV and The Art of Living Foundation volunteers have been on the ground helping with relief efforts in Kerala this past month. We have been receiving updates from them on progress being made. As you know more than 50% of the Kerala map has been affected by floods. With heavy rainfall this monsoon season, flooding and landslides are a continuous threat. Transportation and communication is yet to be streamlined. More than 200,000 families have taken refuge at relief camps across the state. The Government states the damage is more than $2 billion.
Thousands of Art of Living volunteers have come to the respite of the flood victims, saving them from the mishap systematically with Rescue, Relief and Rehabilitation efforts.
 
We are grateful to our donors for their support to IAHV’s flood relief efforts.  We seek your continued support in reaching our target to raise $500,000. Many employers match your contributions to IAHV, please contact your employer. 
 
Please donate generously!

Handling Rescue operations…
More than 1,650 flood victims across the state have been rescued by the volunteers of the Art of Living.
 
The HAM radio support system setup via the collectorate offices operated by our volunteers had received more than 15,000 rescue calls that had been routed to the support stations across the state.

Offering timely Relief …
Relief materials of about 520+ tons have been sent via container trucks and other modes of transportation to several of the afflicted zones in Kerala. More on the way.  Additionally continued free medical care, distribution of home kits, clearing transportation pathways, cleaning of homes and institutions are in progress. 
Here is a short summary on supporting relief materials amounting to roughly about $1.35 million. 
Kerala Flood Relief facts and figures


Executing planned Rehabilitation… 

When it comes to disaster relief, it is equally important to bring back life to normalcy and setting up a system of sustenance for the evacuated victims and sheltered families in Kerala.

Activities in-progress are
  • More than 45 medical camps have been held. Free medical check ups and treatment in relief camps.
  • More than 120 trauma relief workshops have been conducted by trained Art of Living instructors for victims to overcome stress and trauma.
  • Skills and leadership training are being provided to the youth to boost self-reliance and enable them to rebuild / sustain their communities.


Pictures from our ground volunteers…
 
While Kerala is battling its unprecedented crisis in its own way, it is heartening to see the IAHV & Art of Living volunteers from across the country come together and provide relentless support.

Here are few pictures they have shared with us. We are grateful for their selfless service. You can find more updates and pictures on our IAHV twitter feed.

Huge containers with relief material on bound to Kerala
Sending relief materials to Kerala

Volunteers distributing relief materials 

Our volunteers with rescued flood victims

Cleaning flooded homes

Cleaning in progress

Clearing of debris

 Setting up much needed electricity

Clearing pathways

Team work…

Offering Trauma relief

Evacuated victims taking a few moments to meditate

Trauma relief to evacuated victims

Trauma relief to evacuated victims

Medical care in camps
 
We thank you for your continued support,
 
IAHV Team

Appeal for Kerala Flood Relief

Dear Friend,

This August, the South Indian state of Kerala has witnessed the most disastrous monsoon in over 100 years. More than 200,000 people have been rendered homeless and more than 300 left dead, with no means of access – roads, electricity, mobile phone networks, and transport. Cochin airport lies dilapidated and closed until August 26. 41 of Kerala’s 44 rivers are overflowing. Kerala’s residents need your help!

IAHV in partnership with Art of Living Foundation is responding to this situation. Over the past few days, hundreds of volunteers were deployed in relief work across several districts of Kerala. They have been distributing food, water, essential supplies and providing shelter to people in the hardest-hit districts.

IAHV and Art of Living Foundation’s staff and volunteers are trained to handle high disaster areas. With experience in disaster relief of over three decades and a wide partner network, we follow a proven three-pronged approach:

  • Immediate Relief, through supplies – food, water, medicines, clothes, and other basic amenities;
  • Post-Trauma Relief, through trauma relief counseling, meditation, and breathing programs; and
  • Long-Term Rehabilitation, through assistance with rebuilding shelters, vocational training,

This approach has helped thousands in multiple situations (including the recent disasters in Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Assam) recuperate quickly and get back to the main stream of their lives.

With your support, IAHV & Art of Living Foundation is working relentlessly to help alleviate the suffering of those severely affected. At times of crisis, collective resolution can go a long way to help those who need it most.

Your donation can mean the difference between life and death for people caught in the aftermath of this natural disaster. Your financial support would go towards offering food, clean water, hygiene & shelter kit, medical aid and help rehabilitate flood-affected survivors.

Donate now to IAHV KERALA FLOOD RELIEF and make a difference. IAHV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.

Donate Now

We thank you for your generosity.

IAHV Team in partnership with The Art of Living Foundation

IAHV and The Art of Living will host #VegasMeditates – A free community event to promote peace and healing

Washington, D.C., October 10, 2017 — The Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) and the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) will host #VegasMeditates, a free community event for residents of Las Vegas.

This public event will be held on Oct. 12 from 6:30–8:30 pm PST at the Alexis Park Suites Resort – ‘Ballroom Apollo’, Las Vegas. And it will also be webcast live across the country.

#VegasMeditates will feature highly effective breathing techniques. gentle yoga and guided meditations to help release trauma and stress, and, begin the journey towards healing and peace.

 

For over 37 years, the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF)  and the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) have helped more than 370 million people achieve inner peace through self-development and resiliency programs based on meditation, breathing and yoga.

 

The centerpiece of these programs is Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) – a rhythmic breathing technique that harmonizes the body, breath and mind; enabling the deepest connection with oneself. Individuals from all walks of life such as students, doctors, prisoners, scientists, professors, veterans and business executives have benefited from this technique. More than 60 independent studies published in peer review journals across the world have demonstrated the benefits of SKY including a reduction in stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD and addictive behaviors, alongside, an increase in peace, empathy and overall well-being

 

These programs developed under the direction of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a global humanitarian, make the ancient practices of meditation accessible and relevant in today’s fast paced life.

 

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, is the founder of the AOLF and IAHV. All AOLF and IAHV programs are guided by Sri Sri’s philosophy: “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace.”

 

True to this idea, the volunteers of the AOLF and IAHV continue to go wherever and whenever there arises a need for stress relief and community-building.

 

AOLF and IAHV invites everyone in the community to join them in this effort towards peace building and healing.  

 

 


About The Art of Living Foundation:

AOLF is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded by a global humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It offers educational and self-development programs that facilitate the elimination of stress and foster deep inner peace, happiness and well-being.

 

About The International Association for Human Value:

IAHV, a sister non-profit, offers programs to reduce stress and develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities. IAHV fosters the practice of human values – respect for all, an attitude of non-violence, and community service. Through our service projects we develop communities that are resilient, responsible, and inspired.

 

About Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a global humanitarian and a spiritual leader who has rekindled traditions of yoga and meditation that have helped millions achieve personal and social transformation by relieving stress and discovering inner peace in daily life. Named one of the “Seven Most Powerful People in India,” by Forbes, he has been credited in bringing opposing parties together to facilitate meditation and peace talks in Colombia, Iraq, Cote d’Ivoire, and India.

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