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.
Nov 16, 2013

Volunteers Saving Lives in Typhoon Villages

Volunteers pack food for AAI-IPI typhoon relief
Volunteers pack food for AAI-IPI typhoon relief

On November 15, 2013 we received the first report from Ms. Lourdes Damazo, head of  a consortium of relief teams for Asia America Intiative and our partner organizations One World Institute and IPI Foundation.  She was continuing  our first series of life-saving aid distribution missions in areas of the Central Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan [Yolanda] where thousands have people perished and millions are homeless.  Texting a message from Ormoc in Leyte Province, she stated, "In the second day of our relief mission we are finding destruction beyond anything we have seen in previous relief missions.  Many dead bodies still are in the streets here and in Tacloban, where our colleague Christian just returned from."

The leader of AAI's team of volunteer students and young professionals in Panay Province is Marlon Jinon. In preparation of Sunday November 17 aid distribution activities in Batad town, he is documenting a list of names of the household leaders who will get food, clean water and hygiene supplies for families of at least 4 persons, as well as orphans and elderly persons.
He reported, "We will be distributing relief packs to 150 families or at least 700 adults and children.  What we will be giving is enough for Barangay [Village] Tanao's residents." 

Each relief pack contains the following:
3 kilos of rice 
4 easy open canned goods (it can be opened by hand)
1 packed nutritional meal (wow ulam is the brand)
1 pack match
1 liter water
1 antibacterial soap
1 alcohol
2 mini packs milk (bear brand) for children
"We will use more of the donated funds from GlobalGiving from what we hear community residents
say in person the things that they need to have and what are the most nutritius foods available for them to survive with. I believe that our efforts should not be merely one day of relief. As much as possible, we must stay connected to the people and help them to get through this tough time."

On behalf of our beneficiaries in the Philippines and  the Asia America Intiative staff and our incredibly selfless partners such as Ms. Lourdes Damazo, we send our heartfelt thanks to all donors who have donated  through Global Giving to enable us to perform this work.
 
Cebu volunteers packing for AAI-IPI Ormoc mission
Cebu volunteers packing for AAI-IPI Ormoc mission
Relief bags for AAI-IPI mission to Ormoc, Leyte
Relief bags for AAI-IPI mission to Ormoc, Leyte
28 pallets of meds for typhoon victims
28 pallets of meds for typhoon victims
Med packs for typhoon packed by Direct Rielief
Med packs for typhoon packed by Direct Rielief
Direct Relief typhoon med donation packed for AAI
Direct Relief typhoon med donation packed for AAI

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Sep 12, 2013

Postcard from GlobalGiving's Visit

The following is an e-postcard from Zamil Akhtar, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines:

Pauline is the sweetest little girl you will ever meet. She’s always smiling, slightly shy, and abundantly playful. But if not for Asia America Initiative’s cancer treatment program, she may not be alive. To treat the disease she suffers from requires a new medicine that costs thousands of dollars a week – her parents make about $200 a month. With help from a pharmaceutical company, Asia America Initiative has arranged to have her treated, and also provides art classes for her and other children in the program. 

Sep 12, 2013

Postcard from GlobalGiving's Visit

The following is an e-postcard from Zamil Akhtar, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines:

Mindanao rarely had typhoons and then it had three – one after another. The people were not ready, and the devastation was enormous. Relief has taken a long time, but what I saw in Davao City was impressive. Communities had been resettled away from vulnerable zones, and houses had been rebuilt. Families were provided with medical care and relief supplies. The community leaders in Mindanao -- poorest part of the Philippines -- know that a lot more must be done, and Asia America Initiative is lending an essential hand by providing the direction and funding necessary to get things back to normal.

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