Asia America Initiative

The mission of AAI is to build hope and empower communities afflicted by armed conflict and severe poverty. We believe that peace, security and respect for human dignity are inseparable. Our goal is to develop programs as sustainable models that can be replicated globally. Our people-to-people initiatives integrate health, education, arts and livelihood as a basis for mediation. By building Hope, we overcome the hatred propagated by terror organizations. The success of these cost-effective models shows that empowering impoverished and conflict-plagued communities strengthens international security, stability and peace.

Asia America Initiative
1523 16th Street NW,
c/o Albert Santoli
Washington, DC 20036
United States
2022327020
http://www.asiaamerica.org/

President

Albert Santoli

Board of Directors

Karl D Jackson, Maritas C Branigin, Albert M Santoli

Project Leaders

Albert Santoli

Mission

The mission of AAI is to build hope and empower communities afflicted by armed conflict and severe poverty. We believe that peace, security and respect for human dignity are inseparable. Our goal is to develop programs as sustainable models that can be replicated globally. Our people-to-people initiatives integrate health, education, arts and livelihood as a basis for mediation. By building Hope, we overcome the hatred propagated by terror organizations. The success of these cost-effective models shows that empowering impoverished and conflict-plagued communities strengthens international security, stability and peace.

Programs

1: Development for Peace in Sulu:The Development for Peace in Sulu (DPIS) project was created in mid-2002 in the war torn Sulu Province in Muslim Mindanao by Asia America Initiative, as a model for grassroots development to establish sustainable peace in an area plagued by conflict and terror. Authorized by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Governor Paruk Hussin, the DPIS is credited for helping to stabilize health and education systems in the provincial capitol of Jolo and has inspired hope for social and economic development. In 2003, DPIS received a Presidential Citation for success in delivering over $2 million medical supplies and $1 million in educational assistance to help local leaders revitalize the poverty-stricken community. Since mid-2004, the DPIS Education Component has been additionally supported by grants from the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In 2005, AAI was designated as a "Lead Organization" in USAID's innovative Educational Quality and Access for learning and Livelihood Skills (EQUALLs) consortium in Muslim Mindanao. 2: Humanitarian Relief. 3: The Adopt a Classroom project for Jolo in Mindanao, Philippines is a joint collaboration between the Muslim Women Coalition, based in New Jersey, and the Asia America Initiative in Washington, D.C. This project is focused in Jolo, Sulu; the most impoverished area in the Philippines, located in Muslim Mindanao and threatened by al-Qaeda terrorists. Sulu ranks at the bottom in all categories of health, education, and employment. It leads the country in infant and child mortality and has a 65 percent school drop-out rate by the 6th grade. Through the Adopt a Classroom project, you can provide basic classroom materials to help deter violence and terrorism through building hope in the community, starting with rebuilding schools and hospitals. 4:Asia Pacific Security Forums:AAI participates in a number of events dealing with security in the Pacific Rim.5:Homeless Football Diaries;6:Achieving Against the Odds. Asia America Initiative's program to help Philippine College students Achieve Against the Odds builds peace within the community. Through education, the community can rise above intolerance and religious differences. The result is a sustainable future that can lead the Philippines to a higher standard. A small donation of 110 US dollars can put a Filipino student through 1 semester of college. Education in the Philippines is required and the only way is to provide students with the opportunity for a college degree.

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