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.
Apr 22, 2014

Self-Sufficiency for Philippine typhoon survivors

Baliguan Island Fishing coordinator Mr. Zacarias
Baliguan Island Fishing coordinator Mr. Zacarias

On April 21, 2014. volunteers from Asia America Initiative embarked on a two-hour boat ride to Baliguian Island in the Visayan Sea between Iloilo and Cebu provinces to participate in the christening ceremony of 6 motorboats built by fishing families to resestablish their fishing trade and feed themselves in the wake of devastating Typhoon Yolanda.  The materials for the boats were paid for by Asia America Initiative with support from Globalgiving donors.  The craftsmanship was done by the local fishing families, who have lived on this island for centuries.  This AAI fisheries program affects more than 300 persons who live on Baliguian island.

The project coordinator on Baliguian Island is Mr. Barry Zacharias, a community leader and fisherman, who volunteered to give 20 other families acces and ownership of the co-op motorized boats before his own family would be provided for. In response, AAI made sure that his family was also included with funds from AAI President Albert Santoli in Washington. Mr. Santoli said, "Recovery from the typhoon requires unselfish leadership and community cooperation.  Mr. Zacharias demonstrated these noble qualities, and we wanted to make sure he and his family, including three small children, were not forgotten.  I guess they trusted us, too...  that is the beauty of this process and the reason we can do so much with the the funds we raise with the help of our Globalgiving donors.  

 Other fisherfolk recipients of AAI boats, with formal titles, are  

               1. Johnny Canillas

                  Wife- Mary Grace Canillas 

               2. Erlito Juanito

                   Wife- Susan Juanito

               3. Norberto Zacarias

                  Wife- Luz Zacarias

               4. Leo Bacongco

                 Wife - Lourdes Bacongco

               5. Gary Z. Marquez

                  Wife - Mary Marquez

              6. Charlzon Bantillo

                  Wife - Joy Jean Bantillo 

The island was devastated by the typhoon winds and a tsunami-like tidal wave  in November 2013.  The finalization of the boats took a little time as the materials were purchased at a reduced price from the main island of Concepcion on the coast of iloilo Province.  Island to island transport is done through passenger boats that usually have limited trips.  We budgeted our funds to build sturdier and bigger boats with motors to withstand the heavy seas now more dangerous because of climate change.  Our motorboats are fit to survive the open sea. 

Soon, We will be purchasing $1,500 worth of materials  including hooks, strings and petromax (lamps powered by gasoline) and we will turn it over this week so they can start catching squids and other fish after the formal turn over. 

In addition AAI also turned over 2 boxes of books to the only elementary school in Baliguian Island, as we have made education of the children an additional priority. 

AAi Coordinator in Visayas, Marlon Jinon, says, "During the turn-over ceremony, islanders cried a lot of times because they were so happy that they will now be able to feed and educate their children. 

They thank AAI and our Globalgiving partners for your support." 

AAI youth volunteers carrying new boats to sea
AAI youth volunteers carrying new boats to sea
Baliguian island residents cleaning beach
Baliguian island residents cleaning beach
Baliguian fisher folk thank God for life and boats
Baliguian fisher folk thank God for life and boats
fisher families who built boats now receive titles
fisher families who built boats now receive titles
Baliguians built new boats now Christen them
Baliguians built new boats now Christen them
community fiesta meal celebrate new AAI  boats
community fiesta meal celebrate new AAI boats
Beauty of Baliguian Island and Visayan Sea
Beauty of Baliguian Island and Visayan Sea

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Apr 22, 2014

Providing school supplies for flood survivors

AAI volunteers packing donated school books
AAI volunteers packing donated school books

Heavy rains, floods and mudslides continue to davastate many areas of Mindanao and Visayas in the Philippines.  In areas near the eastern Mindanao of Davo, tens of of thousands of families remain homelss and are threatened by floods and mudslides.  Food is hard to find and clean water and hygiene are virtually non-existent.

A number of international organizations such as the Red Cross and smaller organizations like Asia America Initiative are trying our best, but face a desperate shortage of funds and other resources as our many youth volunteers saeek to provide aid to diminsh the suffering of women, children, the elderly and men.  

Asia America Initiative have been also providing school books and readers to assist elmentary school and high school students to maintain basic education.  Thanks to donors from Global Giving and schools in the United States, we have been able to distribute close to 100,000 new textbooks across the typhoon zones.  But there is still much to be done.  

Every donation matters.  We urgently seek your support as the new typhoon season for 2014 officially begins in mid-May -- just 6 weeks from now. Schools re-open the first week of June, even if they are merely tents or pieces of plastic or cloth tarp with hand-crafted wooden benches made from driftwood.  Our goal is to keep the hot sun or heavy rain off of the school children so they can learn.  Clean water and sanitation are simple but remakably needed in schools that have no such essentials for life.  

We are grateful for the compassion and generosity you have generated.  And we seek your support in the coming weeks and months.  

Thank you and may God bless you for for your contunued support.

AAI school books ready for distribution
AAI school books ready for distribution
AAi volunteers always cheerful
AAi volunteers always cheerful
AAI container of school books for flood victims
AAI container of school books for flood victims
AAI flood beneficiaries happy to receive books
AAI flood beneficiaries happy to receive books
AAI books benefit disabled children too
AAI books benefit disabled children too

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Apr 9, 2014

20 out of 20 children cancer free; keeping alive 7 children with rare diseases

Keeping alive great children with rare diseases
Keeping alive great children with rare diseases

Wonderful news for our Global Giving Donors:  In August 2011 Asia America Initiative, with no funds for new programs and the organization's President recovering from a cancer surgery that few doctors thought he would survive, adopted 20 women and 30 women with various cancers in the Philippines and brought them to the mercy of the world through Global Giving.  These human beings came from among the poorest people in the world whose families earned less than $5 per day.  

Less than 3 years later, the program's first 20 children are cancer free -- thanks to your loyalty and generosity and incredible medical professionals at the Philippines Department of Health, the Philippine National Institutes of Health, the Philippine Cancer Society, Consul Helen Ong, our advisor Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan, M.D. and staff at various hospitals in Manila.  Our volunteer artists, psychologists and mascots have also had a major role.  And of course, the Power of prayer.  In addition, 27 out of 30 women who entered into breast cancer treatment under the program are now cancer free, with the other three still receiving treatment. And 7 out of 8 Children with rare genetic diseases are still alive and healthy.  These children require monthly injections of Genzyme medicines which the company generously donates even though each treatment costs more than $10,000.  

We have had the support of Thomas Roane at the National Cancer Coalition in Florida and our wonderful European friends at HFK-KrebsAllianz, and the unbelievable scientists at Genzyme, Inc. who invent and produce replacement medicines for terminal diseases that usually take the lives of beautiful children before they reach 13 years old. We still needed to raise thousands of dollars to cover an assortment of expenses relted to treatment, nutrition and maintaining a positive attitude through artistic expression. 

In April 2014, AAI is using funds provided by Global Giving donors to provide for follow-up testing for recovering patients and to assist 60 children and their families to attend the Philippine Cancer Society's Children With Cancer Awareness Month activities at various public hospitals.  

From the bottom of our hearts, we speak on behalf on the beneficiary women and children who are live today thanks to you.  Maraming salamat, Po in Filipino language translates: Thank you very much, dear friends.

Healed Children, Families and Volunteers
Healed Children, Families and Volunteers
Children with Cancer Awareness Event April 20014
Children with Cancer Awareness Event April 20014
Art of Hope for Healing April 20014
Art of Hope for Healing April 20014
Happy Children @ Cancer Awareness Event 4-7-14
Happy Children @ Cancer Awareness Event 4-7-14

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