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Dec 27, 2019

Every Nurse Matters

AAI Scholarship Nursing Student
AAI Scholarship Nursing Student

Yes, every nurse matters, especially when your community is impoverished and most residents live well below the poverty line. On the island of Sulu in the Philippines, 19 districts are subdivided into 410 barangays [villages] serving a population of close to 1 million people. There are fewer than 16 medical doctors. Nurses are the framework of public health

Globally, Muslim women have been denied educational opportunities that could benefit their communities. AAI began this program in 2015 to provide 50 female students in Sulu, Philippines a quality education in order to launch their nursing careers.  With your support since then, AAI has helped more than 225 young women to become nurses.

We support female nursing students with their basic educational needs, classroom materials, graduation fees, and the cost of licensing exams. These young women demonstrate the potential for success of Muslim women around the world. As health care providers, the nurses are providing vital services to all community members and expanding the employment base in one of the most economically deprived areas of the world. They also are positive symbols for local youth.

The nursing programs in Sulu are a beacon of hope for the entire community. With support from AAI, Sulu State College and Mindanao State University nursing students are performing among the top 20 percent of all such schools in the Philippines - compared to just a 30 percent student pass-rate in the national nursing exams four years ago. 

The challenge is to sustain this success.

If you would like to continue to make a difference to these nursing students in 2020, please click through the project report and select the orange Donate Now button. With your help, we can continue to support young women to become nurses who are vital for a community's survival. (If you are interested in a monthly donation, GlobalGiving is offering a 100% match!)

Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses

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 at Graduation
Students at Graduation
Nursing school faculty
Nursing school faculty
Nurses in the classroom
Nurses in the classroom
Nursing students gathered at school
Nursing students gathered at school
Students learning technical skills
Students learning technical skills
Nursing students working in AAI sponsored Library
Nursing students working in AAI sponsored Library
Director Santoli meeting with Nursing students
Director Santoli meeting with Nursing students

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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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