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Jun 18, 2019

Scouts Thank Donors for New Tents

Girl Scouts happy in their new tent!
Girl Scouts happy in their new tent!

The Boy and Girl Scout troops of Sulu, Philippines wish to thank you for providing the funding needed for their new all-weather tents.  The expression that "big things come in small packages" is certainly appropriate as the tents can be carried like a small suitcase, but when taken out of the box and set-up, they can comfortably shelter up to 10 scouts in uniform. "The tents allow us to provide fun and training to boys and girls in scouting skills, no matter the weather," says Teacher and Scout Master Jainab in Indanan, Sulu.

"This project permits troops to participate in outdoor training in environments that can pose severe challenges due to heavy rains and forest related illnesses such as malaria, cholera and dengue fever," says Principal Merhama of Salih Yusah Elementary School. The district of Indanan in Sulu Province is near the Equator and covered with dense jungle. Asia America Initiative is focused on improving scouting skills as a means of education and peace building. For peace building, scouting brings together children of diverse backgrounds.

There are 2,650,000 boy and 800,000 girl scouts in the Philippines. Filipino Scouting is accredited within the World Organization of the Scout Movement as the second largest Scouting population in the world. Boy/Girl Scout chapters, located mostly in public schools, bring together children of all ethnic, religious and socio-economic sectors, which builds peace. Many scouts in Sulu live in dire poverty. Their bond is a willingness to serve their communities. In a region plagued with ethnic and religious conflict, the bonding of children under organized Scouting activities and positive social structure develops uplifting shared experiences which build trust and friendship.

Even though our micro-project has ended, you could continue to support a different long term project.  Monthly contributions are a great way to budget. Global Giving is giving a 100% match for new recurring donations - you can double your impact!  Follow the link and select the Donate Now button. (Be sure to toggle to "monthly" if you are interested in a recurring donation.)

Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls

Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water

Thank you for your donation to AAI and assistance providing tents to these future leaders of their community.

Boy scouts enjoy camporee
Boy scouts enjoy camporee
Boy scouts prepare tent for camping
Boy scouts prepare tent for camping
Tents as imrovised classroom for youngest pupils
Tents as imrovised classroom for youngest pupils
So much tent space from one small box
So much tent space from one small box

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Jun 17, 2019

School Supplies are Distributed for Students Returning

Students across the Phillippines are returning to school in June. AAI supported school children are given supplies in both Visayas and Sulu. Shipping of supplies began in April and arrived in time for the new school year.

AAI's program assists 20,000 children in elementary schools in Sulu and Visayas, Philippines. AAI with assistance from school teachers, staff, the local fire department and volunteers gather to unbox and distribute supplies and books to schools. Those schools will then, in turn, schedule distribution days for children to receive the items as the school year begins. Students who can not afford supplies are often embarrassed to go to school without them and our program provides a festive atmosphere in which all children can participate. Everyone involved feels a sense of pride and community. We thank you for your donations which help to make these events such a success. 

The program empowers elementary schools in regions where children are victims of natural and man-made disasters. Families are often Internally Displaced due to these factors and children will then attend neighboring schools if they are able. Having supplies on hand is welcoming and the school can give without burden on their resources.

Inter-faith education equity teaches students the value of cooperation and diversity. We have created a social media network for Muslim and Christian educators and children to share their new skills, hopes, and dreams. AAI provides books, school supplies, clean water and hygiene. We support literacy, livelihood, gardening, and school lunches cooked by volunteer parents to enhance progress and peace.

If you would like to continue your support with our long term project, monthly contributions are a great way to budget. GlobalGiving is giving a 100% match for new recurring donations - you can double your impact!  Follow the link and select the Donate Now button. Be sure to toggle to "monthly" if you are interested in a recurring donation. 

Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water 

Thank you for your help in providing to these children and communities. Asia America Initiative serves as a communication bridge for action. 

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Jun 13, 2019

Thank you - Filipino Nurses Receive Supplies

 

Thank you for supporting our micro project with GlobalGiving, "Provide 50 Muslim Filipino Nurses with Supplies."

I am pleased to report that your $1,000 of contributions has helped Asia America Initiative support Sulu State College Nursing School and Mindanao State University Nursing and Graduate Public Health Schools to receive more than $20,000 of urgently needed medical textbooks, clinical supplies and refugee relief materials in Sulu, Philippines. Sulu is among the most impoverished and conflict-torn provinces in Southeast Asia with the poorest public health record in the Philippines.

This program helps women to have an opportunity to receive a quality education and to realize their professional goals. A major need is to protect mothers and infants in childbirth. There are only 16 medical doctors to serve close to one million people in the Sulu archipelago of more than 150 inhabited islands.  Asia America Initiative supports nursing schools in Sulu (Mindanao State University and Sulu State College) which offer quality medical care training and provide opportunities for livelihood & public health for women and children.

Dr, Anissa, RN and Dean of the Mindanao State University Graduate School states, "The medical and relief supplies for the many camps of displaced persons in areas around Jolo Island is a blessing for desperate families.  Volunteerism by our nursing students is a wonderful way for them to learn public service and grace under pressure.  In addition, the nursing textbooks coming from AAI are very difficult for students to acquire or afford in a remote province such as Sulu.  These materials have greatly upgraded the qualities of education and services in our communities."

Our long term project, "Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses" is a global model for equal opportunity. AAI continues to provide textbooks, clinical materials, and school supplies to improve the quality of education. These students demonstrate the capabilities of women worldwide who, when given the chance, contribute greatly to their communities.

If you would like to continue your support with our long term project, please follow the link below.  Monthly contributions are a great way to budget and GlobalGiving is giving a 100% match for new recurring donations - double your impact! 

Provide 50 Muslim Filipino Nurses with Supplies

 

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