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.
Feb 11, 2016

Clean Water = Super Kids

Good hygiene and fresh soup makes Super Kids
Good hygiene and fresh soup makes Super Kids

We are pleased to announce to our Global Giving donors that Asia America Initiative’s holiday micro-project ,“Provide Clean  Water and Hygiene to 100 Children” [ PROJECT #22920]  in the southern Philippines, is fully funded.  We aim to promote peace and civil cooperation by our equal care and support of Christian, Muslim and Indigenous Tribal peoples in one of the most impoverished and disease-plagued area of the world.   The 500 gallon aqua blue water tanks, colorful plastic wash basins and lunch bowls bring joy to each school day. The kindness and love shown through these gifts assure traumatized children and their teachers that they are not alone in the world at the mercy of the drought, typhoons and callous political overlords.

This action provides the most essential source of life – clean water. It was created as a micro-project under the AAI  umbrella program, “Uniting Inter-Faith Children Through Education and Clean Water” [Project #20175], which is still eligible to receive funds on Global Giving’s website.  

The program provides care and comfort to children regardless of their culture or religion.  It builds their health and provides meaning to their education.  But more dynamically, each water tank is a symbol of peace.  At a time when extremist and terrorist groups are seeking to recruit young children, exploiting their lack of hope and their anger, we continue to promote good health and a positive attitude.  School gardens are nourished with the captured rainwater that is stored in the tank. In turn, the vegetables provide nutrition for school lunches cooked by mothers of students and caring teachers.

Dr. Lux Mayo Roxas is principal of Angub Elementary School where more than 100 children benefit each day from the clean water stored in the new bright  blue tanks.  Each day the children enthusiastically line up for wholesome lunches of soups and stews containing vegetables from the school’s garden.  “Parents and children of Angub Elementary school are very happy for the gifts they received from Asia America Initiative,” she says. “The 3.6 hectares around our school is now colorful from the vegetable garden area they are planting. Our students and parents are cooperative and happy to work together.

“Thank you AAI very much for the great help that you and your donors have extended. Although a simple act, it is a good motivator and a starting point for our renewed progress. For the children, clean water prevents illness and improves school attendance. Hand washing is now a routine activity. They are very excited each day when we home cook their midday feeding."

                                

Water tank at Carataya Elementary next to kitchen
Water tank at Carataya Elementary next to kitchen
School parents lunch cooking team with clean water
School parents lunch cooking team with clean water
students help Moms with cooking
students help Moms with cooking
lunch is served to kindergarten kids
lunch is served to kindergarten kids
Yummy!
Yummy!

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Feb 9, 2016

Clean Water & School Meals Overcome Trauma of War

Rainwater tank at Sahaya Elementary School
Rainwater tank at Sahaya Elementary School

Global Giving donors have made clean water possible for 600 Muslim and Christian children in three elementary schools in the war torn islands of Sulu, in the southern Philippines. The funding of Asia America Initiative’s Holiday Cheer: Clean Water for 600 Children[Project #22504]has brought hope and joy despite intensified military combat operations against local gangs who claim allegiance to the ISIS terror movement’s growing influence across Southeast Asia  To the contrary, kindness and love shown through the 500 gallon shiny blue water tanks and colorful plastic wash basins is a strong counter to extremists hateful propaganda. These gifts of basic items needed for survival assure traumatized children and their communities that the world has not forgotten them, no matter our various religious beliefs. 

This micro project provides the most essential source of life – clean water. It was created as a micro-project under the Asia America Initiative [AAI] umbrella program, “Uniting Inter-Faith Children Through Education and Clean Water” [Project #20175], which is still eligible to receive funds on Global Giving’s web site.  

The program provides equal care and comfort to children regardless of their culture or religion.  It fortifies their health and provides meaning to the importance of peace to build progress.  At a time when extremist and terrorist groups are seeking to recruit young children, offering  them only hatred and the culture of violence, we continue to promote good health and a positive attitude.  Each water tank in the program is a symbol of life through friendship. 

Ms. Jenny Usman is a 6th grade teacher at Sahaya, and also is the mother of a 4th grade student.  “It heartwarming to receive this support from our friends across the ocean,” she says.  “It feels great, knowing that your children wash their hands with clean water. You don't have to worry about the well-being of our children in school.  Clean water prevents illness and improves school attendance.  And the children are so excited every time we have feeding”.

In addition to the water tanks, AAI provides rubber hoses and water purification filters to enable teachers and parents to teach children good hygiene habits.  By providing potable water for handwashing and drinking, students are in school every day are not in danger of water-borne illnesses. Plastic pails provide irrigation for vegetable gardens to enhance daily school lunches where Mothers prepare nutritious meals cooked on site. Weekly menus include chicken and vegetable soup and boiled rice.  As part of their "home economic" classes, children assist their moms to prepare meals.

Sahaya school matriarch Dr. Amy Malbun states, "During the current school year, since AAI helped us purchase the rainwater tank, our students' performance and health has improved and they love to come to school."  

Thank you again, Global Giving Community!

Students lining up to fill wash basins at Sahaya
Students lining up to fill wash basins at Sahaya
Hand washing is daily routine at Sahaya Elementary
Hand washing is daily routine at Sahaya Elementary
New wash basins at Sahaya Elementary
New wash basins at Sahaya Elementary
Kindergarten teacher assists student wash hands
Kindergarten teacher assists student wash hands
Moms make lunch for all children in the school
Moms make lunch for all children in the school

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Feb 2, 2016

Water = Life + Hope for Kids in Mindanao War Zone

Happy Kasambuhan students: lunch and clean water
Happy Kasambuhan students: lunch and clean water

Water = Life and Hope for Kids in Mindanao War Zone

Armed conflict, especially in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, seldom takes a holiday. In the Sulu Province, cycles of violence have obstructed health and education programs for decades, making these “islands of fear” among the poorest communities in the world.  Thanks to Global Giving donors, during the last month of 2015, our Asia America Initiative [AAI] team was able to deliver new life to hundreds of children through our health, nutrition and clean water programs in at least two dozen elementary and secondary schools.  The full funding of AAI microproject #22910 “Clean Water and Hygiene for 150 Children in Mindanao” has enabled us to assist 274 children at Kasambuhan Village Elementary School . This is almost double our original target of 150 children who we wished to assist.

 Kasambuhan Village is located on the edge of the feared Indanan District rural war zone.  During 2015, Jolo island residents were victimized by Muslim on Muslim kidnappings, including school teachers and young students.  This has instilled an intensified climate of fear.  Worse, a shadowy presence has emerged of foreign extremists and a merciless minority of local boys who claim to be associated with the ISIS Middle East terrorists.  As a result, the roar of Philippine Army artillery shatters the night silence and disrupts the sleep of children, most of whose families are too impoverished to buy them stuffed toys to relieve their nightmares and fear. 

 AAI has responded by partnering with hard-working local community leaders to provide water for clean hands, sustenance by growing healthy vegetables in the school garden and tasty daily meals consisting of large pots of soups and stews cooked by Moms and teachers.  We have doubled our goal of 150 through the united effort  of international donors and local leaders who assert their dignity by providing labor and additional tools and gardening seeds to provide for the basic needs to their children. 

We have stood in defiance of terrorists and extreme mongers of hate through the “people power” of Global Giving donors.  This is appreciated by the Sulu community that the AAI-Global Giving partners are people of diverse ethnic and religious traditions who provide funds needed to realize their success.  Through this program, we are together as a global symbol for peace.  We share a common aim to address the basic human needs of the youngest and most vulnerable members of all societies – the children. 

Kasambuhan Village Elementary principal, Ms. Nur-Aisha Gonzalez says, “When we all work together, our religions and native languages do not divide us. The beauty of this program is that everyone is respected, no matter if they are rich or poor.  Besides the assistance to prevent children from becoming ill from unclean water and to grow the vegetables in the garden o stop hunger, the friendship of donors means very much to us.  We are not forgotten.”

Although this project is already funded, as ISIS pushes into the region, there remain at least 100 elementary schools in Sulu that need our support.  Global Giving donors are welcome to contribute to Asia America Project  # 20175 “Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water.”

No donation is too small.  We deeply appreciate your support.

water tank filled with rain water at AAI schools
water tank filled with rain water at AAI schools
Clean water assures healthy veggie soup with rice
Clean water assures healthy veggie soup with rice
AAI bowls and hoses for clean water and meals
AAI bowls and hoses for clean water and meals
School garden at Kasambuhan Elementary
School garden at Kasambuhan Elementary
Clean water helps eliminate malnutrition, hunger
Clean water helps eliminate malnutrition, hunger
Kinder class served healthy lunch & clean water
Kinder class served healthy lunch & clean water

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