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.
Oct 13, 2014

New Life for Women,Children with Rare Diseases

October 2014:  Pauline, age 9,  receives care
October 2014: Pauline, age 9, receives care

In October, 2014, at Philippine General Hospital in Manila, doctors and nurses from the National Institutes of Health [NIH] under the authority of the Philippine Department of Health began Stage 2 of Asia America Initiative’s Art of Hope and Program for Women and Children afflicted by cancer and rare genetic diseases such as Gaucher Disease and Pompe Disease.  Without proper treatment, women with breast and other cancers have no chance of survival and the rare genetic diseases usually cause the death of children by the age of 7.   

With your help, we have been able to help answer the prayers of the patients and their families  – almost all of whom are under the poverty line and unable to afford the cost of such treatment -- by providing “gifts of life” without charging them fees beyond normal outpatient costs. This is made possible by an incredibly generous pharmaceutical company who specializes in rare diseases and anti-cancer organizations in the United States and Germany.  Donations from Global Giving donors permit us to purchase light medicines to neutralize side effects caused by the powerful medicines. 

In Spring 2009, AAI President Albert Santoli started Stage One of this program, and by late summer it was supported by Global Giving.  All 20 children in Stage One are now cancer-free.  Out of 30 women with breast cancer, according to the Philippine Cancer Society, 27 are now in remission.  And after 5 years, 7 out of 8 children with rare and deadly genetic diseases which affects their liver and kidney functions, are otherwise healthy and strong.  In September and October, 2014 genetics medicines needed to cover the next 6 months of steady treatment for all of these children was coordinated and shipped to the Philippines by AAI, in partnership with the Philippines Secretary of Health Enrique Ona, MD, the NIH and our pharmaceutical donors. 

The past two years medicines for children's cancers such as Lymphoma and Leukemia have been extremely difficult to acquire.  Donations of adult-related cancers have also been difficult to obtain.  However, in late September 2014, AAI shipped 50,000 tablets of an anti-breast cancer medicine called Letrizole for use in the Breast Cancer center at Philippines General Hospital, the main Department of Health public hospital in the Philippines. Philippine General Hospital cancers to hundreds of women per year who suffer from breast cancer.  These medicines will be used for patients at or below the poverty line with no cost to them or their families.  Funds from Global Giving donors will also be used for light anti-side effect and nausea medicines and much needed vitamins and other nutritional support of patients.

Dr. Maryanne Chiong, MD, a Clinical Geneticist and lead doctor of such diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Manila has expressed her profound gratitude to AAI and our donors, including those from Global Giving.  “We have never imagined such generosity, especially from new friends to our country from across the world, who have made it possible for us to keep these women and children alive.  Without regularly scheduled doses of these very rare medicines, the children could not survive.  We wish many blessings for all who have contributed.  They should know that they have a profound place in all of our hearts.”

15 year old genetic medicine patient going strong
15 year old genetic medicine patient going strong
Little Pauline in 2011 "end stage" genetic disease
Little Pauline in 2011 "end stage" genetic disease
AAI coordinates donated meds as "gift of life
AAI coordinates donated meds as "gift of life
Wonderful medical care at Philippine Gen. Hospital
Wonderful medical care at Philippine Gen. Hospital
Cancer and Genetic Specialists supported by AAI
Cancer and Genetic Specialists supported by AAI

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Sep 23, 2014

Mission accomplished: Thanks to Our Donors

Scholars and an advisor put their hands together
Scholars and an advisor put their hands together

Asia America Initiative is pleased to announce to our donors who contributed to "Support Typhoon Survivors to Finish College" that we have met our goal to cover the cost of the education of the 25 youths who qualified for 2014 and 2015 graduation. The juniors and seniors were accepted into the Bright Futures Scholars program at Visayas State University in Ormoc, near the epicenter of the November 2013 typhoon in the Philippines.  Girls and boys, they are studying a range of subjects such as agriculture, nursing, computer science, and food management. The scholars and their College Administrators have already received the funds needed to complete their college education and are properly accounting for all resources.  

Our Global Giving community of donors contributed 15 percent of the total needed, an additional 25 percent came from corporations who adopted AAI's typhoon recovery programs through Global Giving.  The remaining 60 percent came through a consortium of individual benefactors and non-profit charitable organizations such as IPI Foundation and One World Institute.  Needless to say, service providers and the scholars are incredibly grateful to you all. 

The scholarships represent hope of recovery to rebuild lives caused by the massive storrn, floods and devastation to millions of lives during and after Typhoon Haiyan.  More than a million people remain homeless and more than a million others struggle to rebuild their lives in the Visayas area.  During recent recent weeks steady hard rain from a series of monsoon storms continues to cause misery and slow the process of recovery.  AAI and our partners are pleased to be part of the organizations, local and international, of all shapes and sizes, who contunue to try our best to assist those in need.  We could not do it without kind and generous donors from around the world.  No amount is too small.  We are blessed because it comes from your hearts. 

 

Thank you again for your kindness.  May God bless you all.

2014 Bright Future Scholar was class Valedictorian
2014 Bright Future Scholar was class Valedictorian
Entire community celebrates 2014 graduation
Entire community celebrates 2014 graduation
Visayas State University campus after the typhoon
Visayas State University campus after the typhoon
Some of he scholars on campus between classes
Some of he scholars on campus between classes

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Jul 11, 2014

Preparing for 20 new child cancer patients

toys for Filipino kids with cancer by US students
toys for Filipino kids with cancer by US students

In 2013-14, Asia America Initiative successfully completed treatment of our first 20 child cancer patients in the Philippines with a 100% success rate for healing.  In addition we have kept alive 8 out of 9 children born with rare genetic diseases. We thank God for watching over the children, doctors, nurses and medical suppliers who all conbtributed to the program's success.  Our ability to provide the supplemental care, nutrition, transportation and artistic supplies came from our many heartfelt donors and partners in  the Global Giving community.  

Dr. Maryanne Chiong who is the head of Orphan Disease Research and Treatment at the National Institutes of Health in Manila, says, " The Asia America Initiave partnership with our hospitals and medical specialists has made the difference between life and death for 20 precious children.  The cancer patients and eight other children born with rare genetic diseases that require ongoing and unique care have been provided the gift of life.  We are so grateful to all donors living overseas --  from pharmaceutical companies to private citizens and students -- who sacrificed even a day or week's worth of coffee and donuts to send a modest but meaningful contribution have added up to a giant act of good will. Their action assured our children's survival."  

At present AAI is seeking the financial support to purchase medicine so we can choose 20 new children from impoverished communities whose families would not be able to pay for the cost of their treatment.  Oncology [cancer] medicines that overcome  varieties of cancer that most affect children --  such as  lymphoma and leukemia --  are in short supply in the United Stats and internationally.  

We extend our heartfelt gratitude.  We seek your support in this ongoing mission to assist these wonderful doctors like Dr. Maryanne who otherwise would lack the resources to save more children's lives.  

oncology medicines donated from US
oncology medicines donated from US
orphan disease medicines donated from US
orphan disease medicines donated from US
In Phil Gen Hospital child cancer ward
In Phil Gen Hospital child cancer ward
art & fun games while doing chemo therapy
art & fun games while doing chemo therapy

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