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 23, 2016

Support and Awareness for Children with Rare Diseases

Rare Diseases Day  2016
Rare Diseases Day 2016

We are deeply grateful to donors in the Global Giving community who helped us to reach our 2015 Holiday campaign target for funding needed to provide for 6 months of nutritional needs of some 200 children suffering from Rare Diseases, including genetic maladies and cancer in the Philippines. 

Our service partner in Manila is the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders in Manila whose volunteers conduct the lodging nutritional support of these wonderful children in the program. Almost all of those undergoing treatment come from urban or rural communities mired in severe poverty.  PSOD reports:

There are 6,000-8,000 rare diseases
75% of rare diseases affect children
30% of rare disease patients die before the age of 5
80% of rare diseases have identified genetic origins

Last month, Asia America Initiative volunteer Rey Castro visited the offices of PSOD as we all prepared the schedule of nutritional support around the children’s treatment schedule at the National institutes of Health. Mr. Castro observed, “The PSOD staff is doing very heart rendering work with limited funds and a small office, yet they are drawing attention and creating services for many many children who the public never sees.  For these children their time is limited, even though as a parent I understand how precious they are to their families.

“You can see the look on the doctors’ faces that they wish they could do more to help these kids. Some come into the capital from very long distances in the provinces where there is no medical support at all. With all of the resources so limited it is such a blessing that we have supportive donors who help AAI to provide nutritional support and hospitals who send extra clinic equipment that enable decent and humane treatment to extend their lives.”

PSOD Coordinator Janet Francisco is the mother of a child with special needs.  She asked me to convey to our Global Giving donors, "The dedication and caring shown by our friends at AAI and all of their donors has been a Godsend to us. We never imagined that there were such kind people who never even met us who would show such encouragement and support in our time of need. We welcome your continued support."

Today, at the outset of the annual international Rare Diseases Week we will begin a new micro project to provide the necessary funds needed to help strengthen these beautiful children during the July through December period of 2016. As they and their families face the next stage of their survival and healing process we encourage your continued generous support.  God bless you all!

time for a song at PSOD
time for a song at PSOD
A special child full of life at PSOD
A special child full of life at PSOD

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Feb 12, 2016

Valentines for Children With Rare Diseases and International Rare Diseases Day

Sharing treatment and Grandma
Sharing treatment and Grandma's Love @ PSOD

This Valentine Day we are very honored to be part of Global Giving's "How to Say I Love You" in 91 Countries program via the Gloabl Giving website.  We are representing the Philippines with our Cancer and Rare Diseases healing program to assist some very special adorable children to overcome the challenges of rare life threatening diseases.  We are honored to work as partners with the treatment and residential centers at the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders in Manila and the House of Hope in Davao.  We provide supplemental nutrition such as powdered milk and Pediasure multi-vitamin drinks and medical supplies for more than 300 children every month in 2016.  Global giving donors have been a major part of our teamwork for success enabling us to spend around $700 per month to purchase the nutritional support and any supplemental medicines needed for the children's strength and well being.  We have the funds needed for the first six months of 2016 and are seeking expanded donor support to cover the second half of this year's program.

In addition, we are fortunate to have the support of local hospitals in the United States to donate clinical and hospital room supplies to help make the children more comfortable and to take the financial burden from their parents, all of whom survive below the poverty line.  

On Fenbraurty 29, 2016 advocates for children with Rare and Orphan Diseases  are celebrating a day of international awareness around the world.  We hope to make a new delivery of supplies and nutritional support to PSOD and House of Hope on that day as a message to the children and their care providers of our commitment and love.

Ms. Janet Francisco, a PSOD coordinator, is also the mother of a child with special needs.  She speaks for all families of the children being treated in Manila. Janet says, "The dedication and caring shown by our friends at AAI and all of their donors has been a Godsend to  us. We never imagined that there were such kind people who never even met us who would show such encouragement and support in our time of need. We welcome your continued support."

Poster for Rare Diseases Day February 29, 2016
Poster for Rare Diseases Day February 29, 2016
Treatment at NIH hospital in Manila
Treatment at NIH hospital in Manila
Child at PSOD with nutrition supplements from AAI
Child at PSOD with nutrition supplements from AAI

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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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