Dec 19, 2019

AAI Supports Students Training in First Aid

Asia America Initiative supports more than 60 schools in First Aid/First Response who prepare for disasters in their local communities. All of these schools are located in areas impacted each year by typhoons, earthquakes and sometimes volcano activities. Students volunteer for service and are trained by school nurses and fire fighters to assist when an event takes place. The students are also instructed in leadership skills, situational awareness and post-trauma first-aid.  Your donations help to provide first-aid supplies and other training materials. In 2015, we started with 1 school and 20 students and have grown to include more than 500 elementary and high school students that have been certified since the program began. 

The UN states the Philippines leads the world in natural disasters. In September 2018, Typhoon Mangkhut delivered destruction to the northern Philippines causing 105,000 homeless. These areas were heavily damaged in 2013 by Super Typhoon Haiyan and in 2017 Typhoon Vinta.

Asia America Initiative with our local partners is conducting long-term relief and providing food and water to thousands of affected families. We also provide shelter materials, hygiene supplies, medicines, and ongoing post-trauma services.

Our long term goal is for the self-sufficiency of storm survivors across the region.The long term effect is to have a role in addressing the medical and social systems of impacted communities. Our strength is in our multiple partnerships with local, national and international organizations.

"These has never been a program such as Asia America Intitiave's training of student nurses," says Doctor Amy who is former Superintent of Schools in Sulu province. "The children have shown enthusiasm and skills beyond their years in assisting their elders and classmates. This also creates the groundwork for more medical professionals to imrove pubic health in our communities."

If you would like to keep making a difference to these communities in 2020, please click through the project report and select the orange Donate Now button. With your help, we can continue to expand disaster response programs like this one which is so important for a community's resilience after an emergency. (If you are interested in a monthly donation, GlobalGiving is offering a 100% match!)

Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Thank you so much for your past contribution. 

I wish you peace throughout the holiday season and in the new year.

Albert Santoli

Asia America Initiative

Students learning about first-aid
Students learning about first-aid
Students proud to wear his first-responder vest
Students proud to wear his first-responder vest
Local Firefighter assisting with training
Local Firefighter assisting with training
Mini Nurses learn how to bandage patients
Mini Nurses learn how to bandage patients
CPR is taught to elementary school students
CPR is taught to elementary school students
After training, proudly displaying certificates
After training, proudly displaying certificates
First-responders students in emergency vests
First-responders students in emergency vests

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Dec 19, 2019

Dads Gather at School to Build New Well

A new AAI sponsored school' Salih Ututalum has begun construction on a new well for their school. Parents gathered and mapped out a plan for construction and labor. Through your contributions, AAI was able to provide materials to help build the well so that students will have access to clean water daily. 

Asia America Initiative prioritizes teachers and parents at our elementary schools to build clean water systems. With WASH facilities at each school, we promote adequate nutrition through school lunches cooked by volunteer mothers. School-based gardens provide fresh vegetables for lunch using drip irrigation from clean water tanks. Soaps and other hygiene products improve children's overall health for better classroom performance and fewer days absent due to sanitation deficiencies. This new well is a great step forward in providing the clean water needed.  

In the Philippines, religious conflict and natural disasters have caused suffering for millions of Filipino children. This program empowers elementary schools in regions where children are victims of natural and man-made disasters. Inter-faith education teaches students the value of cooperation and diversity. We provide books, school supplies, clean water, and hygiene. We support literacy, livelihood, school gardening for school lunches-cooked by volunteer parents to enhance progress and peace.

If you would like to keep making a difference to this community in 2020, please click through the project report and select the orange Donate Now button. With your help, we can continue to expand water projects like this one which is so important for a family's day-to-day living. (If you are interested in a monthly donation, GlobalGiving is even offering a 100% match!)

Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water

Thank you so much for your past contribution. 

I wish you peace throughout the holiday season and in the new year.

Albert Santoli

Asia America Initiative

The well is being built next to the school garden
The well is being built next to the school garden
Materials for the well are being provided by AAI
Materials for the well are being provided by AAI
The dads of the students provide the labor
The dads of the students provide the labor
The school parents made a plan to build the well
The school parents made a plan to build the well
Clean water will nourish students and their garden
Clean water will nourish students and their garden
Clean water helps students do better in class
Clean water helps students do better in class
The well was opened during a Family Day event
The well was opened during a Family Day event

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Oct 24, 2019

Families in Disaster Areas Receive Long-Term Health and Hygiene Care

Children proudly displaying a new toothbrush
Children proudly displaying a new toothbrush

AAI has a rare mission and you are part of our team. We focus on continued support long after an initial disaster. Outside assistance is often bountiful immediately but then diminishes as the weeks go by. This is the time frame that is critical to recovery within a community.  

Typhoon Mangkut now ranks as the 4th costliest typhoon in the Philippines. More than 200 people died or were missing, and more than 105,000 became homeless. A year later, AAI continues to support displaced families in countryside areas that recover more slowly. Resources there are often unavailable and farms damaged may take years to recover. When housing is in ruins or gone, families become hopelessly displaced and packed into flimsy and crowded shelters.  

Recently, Asia America Initiative co-sponsored a Health Fair that included some schools affected by the storm and other natural and manmade disasters. 

AAI partnered with local military units and civilian groups on Sulu island including schools, the fire department, the police department, the rural health agency, and local government officials. The event provided basic medical assistance and health and hygiene services.  

A total of 540 children benefited by the feeding program, 86 children received a free haircut, 50 people had a free dental check-up and 263 people received a free medical check-up and consultation including medicines and vitamins.

Events like these reach into communities to find families that are still in need.  Compassion by partner service agencies is vital to keeping an area stable and to deter violence. We believe that the pride of community ownership keeps people in a positive frame of mind and enthusiastic about building a better future. 

We also want to let you know, we will be combining this project with our long term relief project #15262 Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors.

Your continued support is essential to encourage communities to stand together to improve their quality of life after natural or man-made disasters strike. We will continue sending you reports on our progress as part of our long term project and to let you know you are part of our team. Also, you may prefer making a monthly donation instead. Global Giving is generously providing a 100% match for your initial donation. It's a great way to double your impact!

Please click here to access our long term project. - 15262 Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors.

We thank you again for your concern and assistance to families impacted after devastating natural calamities.

Wishing you a happy holiday season.

Distribution of hygiene kits
Distribution of hygiene kits
Children receiving vitamins
Children receiving vitamins
Teachers helping with distribution
Teachers helping with distribution
Boys receiving haircuts
Boys receiving haircuts
Hygiene items in kit
Hygiene items in kit

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