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Jul 29, 2019

AAI Sponsored School Lunches Nourish Students in Visayas

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Mom's serve children school lunch

We wish to thank donors who have contributed to our AAI project assisting families after typhoon.

In September, 2018, typhoon Mangkhut delivered destruction in the Philippines, killing an estimated 60 persons and more than 105,000 homeless. The main areas hit by the typhoon are the most productive farming lands in the Philippines. Schools in the Visayas region were damaged and flooded. Your donations have helped AAI continue to support communities after the repair and reopening of schools to students and faculty.

A key AAI program is the preparation of daily lunch by mom's and volunteers at school. A student's health and well-being are the key to success in school. After a devastating event such as a typhoon, communities rely on their central school to bring normalcy to their lives. Knowing that school lunches and clean water will be provided, parents feel encouraged to send their children to school even as clean up and repairs continue.

Our long-term impact is self-sufficiency of storm survivors across the region. Our immediate goal is to keep people alive, healthy and in a positive frame of mind to be enthusiastic about building a better future. Our strength is in our cooperative partnerships with local, national and international humanitarian organizations and with local community leaders. Your role is essential.

If you would like to continue your support, please click on the orange "Give Now" button. Thank you!

Students thankful to receive lunch at school
Students thankful to receive lunch at school
A good lunch helps students succeed!
A good lunch helps students succeed!
Awards to outstanding students from AAi
Awards to outstanding students from AAi

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Jul 16, 2019

Little Nurses Fight the Spread of Dengue Fever

Children assist school nurses cleaning mosquitos
Children assist school nurses cleaning mosquitos

To foster enthusiasm in youth who come from impoverished environments to enter the nursing profession requires exposure to performing service for family and friends at an early age.  Sulu Province in the southern Muslim Mindanao area of the Philippines is such a place.  Dire poverty, armed conflict, classrooms without books or chairs and lack of quality public health facilities has led to Sulu to be considered as one of the most impoverished regions of the world by the United Nations. Any hope of a higher education seems out of the realm of possibility for most children. With less than 20 doctors for some 1 million residents of the province, nurses are often the lead health care providers. In 2016, Asia America Initiative made a commitment to provide scholarships, books and other learning materials to support 50 Muslim girls in Sulu to achieve a nursing degree and license to practice the healing profession. In the past 3 years, we have surpassed that goal by supporting more than 200 nurses to become registered nurses and midwives and revitalized degree programs at both Sulu State College and Mindanao State University.

"The contribution of hundreds of textbooks and other learning materials has been a great help to our instructors and students," states Dr. Annisa, Dean of the Graduate School at Mindanao State University. "In addition, test scores have dramatically improved."

The Rainy Season of 2019 in the Philippines has fostered an epidemic of deadly dengue fever across the Philippines. Helping to stop the spread of this deadly mosquito-borne disease has involved elementary student nurses, especially in the southern province of Sulu. The little nurses are inspired to make nursing their career by the pride they feel in fighting the epidemic conditions through cleaning stagnant water and debris piles where mosquitoes breed. The confidence level of the little nurses in each school is raised when they know they are helping to protect their friends from the deadly dengue virus. They feel the appreciation and love from those children’s parents, their own, their teachers and school nurses. These real life experiences are the impetus the students need to seek higher education as qualified nurses.

Asia America Initiative supports the Nursing program with funding support by Global Giving donors.

Thank you!

UPCOMING EVENT

On Thursday July 18, Global Giving is offering a Bonus Day which will match your donation at the $100 level or above. If you are interested in providing a smaller monthly contribution for these young nurses, Global Giving is offering a match at 100% ! Just select "monthly" when making your contribution. Thank you !

Little nurses empty stagnant water in playground
Little nurses empty stagnant water in playground
Students and volunteers clear school grounds
Students and volunteers clear school grounds
College Nursing Students with professor
College Nursing Students with professor

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Jun 19, 2019

Disaster Relief Requires Time, Patience and Sweat

Recovery from storms requires total community
Recovery from storms requires total community

 

Thank you for supporting Asia America Initiative's project, "Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors." Your continued support has allowed us to experience the essential components of how a community can recover from devastating natural disasters.  An effective recovery process requires the Time to be industrious and build trust; Patience to weather any subsequent storms and the Sweat of communities sharing their labor and skills to rebuild homes, schools and their human spirit.

In September 2018, major typhoon Mangkhut delivered destruction to the northern Philippines causing 105,000 to be homeless. These areas were heavily damaged in 2013 by Super Typhoon Haiyan and in 2017 Typhoon Vinta.  The storm not only devastated the northern "rice bowl" area of the Philippines, but also caused heavy flooding and mud slides in the central Christian Visayas region and in the southern region of Muslim Mindanao. 

We continue to assist displaced and severely affected communities. Our goal for 2019 is 30,000 people, primarily children and elders.  "The impact on food prices in the entire Philippines was drastically increased because of the damage in the north where most rice is grown," says Nurse Faith, an AAI coordinator in Visayas  In response, AAI increased daily lunch programs in schools with a 40 to 50 percent participation rate by parents of school children. "This program has brought communities together, most of whom are impoverished agricultural workers who do not own their own land."

Asia America Initiative is committed to providing food and water to thousands of affected families. We also provide shelter materials, hygiene supplies, medicines and other post-trauma services. We distribute large quantities of education/school supplies and the means to set up clean water supply systems.

Our long term goal is the self-sufficiency of storm survivors across the region. The immediate impact is to keep people alive, healthy and in a positive frame of mind - enthusiastic about building a better future. 

If you would like to give monthly support for our long term project, please follow the link below.  Monthly contributions are a great way to budget and Global Giving is giving a 100% match for new recurring donations - a nice way to help communities you care about and double your impact! (Be sure to toggle to "monthly" donation.)

Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Thank you for your donations and concern. 

Garden in schoolyard of inner-city Salih Yusah ES
Garden in schoolyard of inner-city Salih Yusah ES
Flooding is a yearly occurrence in the Philippines
Flooding is a yearly occurrence in the Philippines
Fire fighters in Jolo help to rebuild schools
Fire fighters in Jolo help to rebuild schools
Teachers at renovated Catig-Lacadon Elementary
Teachers at renovated Catig-Lacadon Elementary
Children overcome fear with confidence
Children overcome fear with confidence
Lugmah ES is a product of community spirit
Lugmah ES is a product of community spirit
Soldiers help the community by helping to paint
Soldiers help the community by helping to paint

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