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.
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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Jul 9, 2014

"Surges of Hope" in Philippines: Operation Save Lives continues

Gomeri Elementary School in Batad, Iloilo
Gomeri Elementary School in Batad, Iloilo

Asia America Initiative continues to assist communities rebuilding their lives in areas devastated by the world's mist powerful storms of 2013.  Thse environment is complicated by continuous heavy rain in June and July, 2014.  Tides are high and fast, creating jeopardy for fishermen.  Upland farmers have to cope with soaked fields.  Many schools still lack roofs and adequate classrooms. Thousands of families still live in tents and sleep on mud floors.  Yet AAI's Operation Save Lives surges forward.  With the assistance of our local partners One World Institute and IPI Foundation and volunteers and the "sweat equity" of local teachers and parents -- and thanks to our international donors through Global Giving --  we continue our Surge of Hope!!  Since November 2013, with support from donors from all around the world, we have assisted more than 120,000 people. 

Among our current programs, we are providing Public health and hygiene supplies to at least six communities  and serving more than 10,000 persons between Iloilo and Capiz, on Panay mega island in Visayas.  We are providing school nutrition and clean water instruments to villages and schools along the coast of Iloilo.  This includes providing school supplies and books and rubber floor tents to schools in the area serving more than 3,000 pupils.  Due to the generosity of our donors,we have provided medical support for senior citizens, especially grandparents, across the region.  

Bulak Elemenrtary School in Batad, Iloilo  was knocked down by a giant tsunami surge wave in November 2013.  The commun ity did not know how they could recover.   A senior 6th grade teacher says, "We are so happy to have received many new reading and text books for our school library from AAI.   Also nutritious meals, tents and even a fund for materials needed for student's fathers to renovate school buildings.  We are surprised by what is being given to us like more efficient toilets. We are grateful for your kindness.  We would like to show the World that you are the people who helped us. We are so fortunate.  God bless you all."

Children in "hobbit tents" at Bulak, Elmentary,
Children in "hobbit tents" at Bulak, Elmentary,
AAI Team Elsa Visayas
AAI Team Elsa Visayas
AAI warehouse of school supplies Iloilo
AAI warehouse of school supplies Iloilo
AAI Operation save lives, Capiz  6-28-14
AAI Operation save lives, Capiz 6-28-14
AAI - 1 World Inst - IPI Fdtn Book Project 7-1-14
AAI - 1 World Inst - IPI Fdtn Book Project 7-1-14

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Jun 25, 2014

Education + Livelihood = Hope

AAI scholar Fatima Jean Dimas graduates cum laude
AAI scholar Fatima Jean Dimas graduates cum laude
Two important keys to Peace and Development are education and livelihood creation. Asia America Initiative has committed to assist in the 2014-15 school year an additional  20 juniors and 20 seniors at the respected Visayas State Univerisy in historic Leyte island of the philippines to finish their college degrees with the promise from a public health corporation of employment opportunities for the graduates. In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, after their families lost all of their possessions, these students did not believe they could finish school and learn professional skills. Today you can support these scholars to complete their educations and rebuild their communities.Our first graduates in 2014 included a number of Cum Laude Honors award recipients.  They can be a shining success story for impacted communities, not only in the Philippines but all around the world.
Our first 20 graduates in 2014 included two young women Elisha and Fatima Jean, who graduated Cum Laude. The scholars "batch" of 2015 are also a wonderful group of young men and women.  We are fortunate that while Asia America Initiave with support from our donors at Global Giving provided funds for tuition, fees, transportation and books,Our good friend at IPI Corporation [International Pharma] and their Foundation provided mentoring trhough Ms. Lourdes Damazo as part of the scholarship program [similar to intern but in classroom setting] and the One World Institute headed by Economics Ph.D. Yolanda Stern and her husband Dr. Tom Stern, MD of Stanford University in California provided other forms of advice and coordination.  We all put aside our ego's to work unselfishly for the benefit of the students.  At the end of the first seme4ster of the program 20 out of 20 scholars graduated and are now preparing for jobs.
Many students at VSU are the children of subsistance farmers and fishermen.  One scholar, Daniel, age 21, comes from a rural farming area of Leyte.  At graduation ceremony at VSU explained, "My family lost everything, and I have only one parent...  so I was struggling to find a way to finish the last year of my education. I had no one to turn to.  I feel inexpressable happoiness bcause now I have proved that we can overcome life's adversity with the encouragement and help of friends -- even if they are strangers who have not ever met me or my mother.  Thanks to the bright Scholars program I can believe in having a future." 
Another student, Elisha, 20, who became a Cum laude graduate stated, "I cried eery day becausse I did not even have 10 pesos [25 cents] to pay for the cost of a bicycle tazxi to get to my school each day.  I could not believe when Ms. Lourdes and our College President announced that last year students would be chosen based on their grades ansd charactser to become Bright Future Scholars.  I want to thank every perrson overseas who donated to me so I can now work and make enough pay to help feed my family."
VSU President, Dr. Jose Bacusmo thanks everyone who assisted, adding, "After the huge storm we did not know how a number of our excellent students could afford to finish schools due to their families and communities devasation, not even having houses to live in... not even tents.  Our heartfelt joy is expressed every day.  This scholarship program is beyond our most impossible dreams."
Dear Donors:  The educators and students at VSU are a shining example for the wortld.  They cannot do it alone.  WE can do this together.
Commencement ceremony at VSU -- overcoming typhoon
Commencement ceremony at VSU -- overcoming typhoon
Bright Futures Scholars all present and achieving
Bright Futures Scholars all present and achieving
Ms. Lourdes, Elisha and VSU advisor
Ms. Lourdes, Elisha and VSU advisor
scholars 2014 batch on VSU campus
scholars 2014 batch on VSU campus
scholars with mentor Ms. Lourdes
scholars with mentor Ms. Lourdes

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