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Oct 23, 2019

Brielle is our Inspiration for What Can Be Achieved

Happy Brielle in 2019!
Happy Brielle in 2019!

We wanted to share with you an update about a special girl who means a lot to Asia America Initiative and all of our donor family. 

Because of your generosity, Brielle is doing very well and is now in First Grade!

In 2016, three-year-old Brielle battled a rare disease that destroyed her liver. To survive she needed a liver transplant within 6 months. Her donor was her mother, a new medical school graduate. Without adequate surgical facilities in their Philippine homeland, Brielle and her family found doctors at a children's hospital in Taiwan who specialized in sensitive pediatric surgeries.  They agreed to perform the surgery.  

This very special project was an international model of donor kindness and corporate social responsibility. At a time of much disharmony and rampant suffering across the world, Baby Brielle's survival has given people hope that every life matters -- and sometimes miracles are generated through the kindness of strangers. Her mother Lissette, who provided part of her own 'matching" liver for the transplant, said, "We believe miracles can happen. Each funder is a miracle for our little girl" and it was true. In March of 2017, Brielle achieved that miracle. 

At Asia America Initiative, Brielle is our inspiration for what can be achieved when people who care come together to make it happen.

With you as part of our team, our project, Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women Children, provides support for families that arrive at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao. The House of Hope children's cancer center's mission is: "Better access to treatment through adequate preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, promote psychosocial and spiritual support, and environmental protection." We wholeheartedly agree. Healing from cancer involves more than medicine; it requires a positive frame of mind. This is especially important for young children who need care and guidance. For child patients, our art programs and toy distributions build a joyful attitude to embrace life and enhance their healing process.

Our partner hospitals provide cancer medication free of charge in a systematic manner, we complement that by giving the children undergoing cancer treatment nutrition to fully recover, We also maintain a grassroots partnership with the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders who, in Brielle's case, helped to establish the partnership with the medical specialists in Taiwan. 

Teamwork leads to victory over fear. This holistic program can inspire entire communities to rise above life's challenges with kindness and love - as Brielle's survival has proved. 

If you would like to continue your support of our project for children struggling to overcome cancer and other serious illnesses, please click on the link below which will take you directly to our Global Giving page. 

 Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women Children

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Oct 16, 2019

Little Nurses Provide Care to Teachers and Peers

Tanjung Elementary mini-nurse helps weigh student
Tanjung Elementary mini-nurse helps weigh student

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 225 students to become registered nurses and midwives and revitalized degree programs at both Sulu State College and Mindanao State University.

At the elementary school level Asia America Initiative, in partnership with the School Nurses of Sulu, the Nursing School of Mindanao State University, the Jolo Fire Department [Bureau of Fire Protection], and the National Red Cross, hopes to inspire students to become part of the nursing or first-responder profession. We have organized and funded the training of more than 500 elementary and high school students in approximately 55 schools to become volunteer Little Nurses. They receive a "go" backpack with basic first aid items and a bright orange vest that will identify them in a large crowd. 

Dire poverty, armed conflict, classrooms without books or chairs and lack of quality public health facilities has led Sulu in the Autonomous Muslim Region in Mindanao to be considered as one of the most impoverished regions of the world by the United Nations. Sulu, currently under martial law, is considered the most underdeveloped province in Mindanao. Any hope of higher education seems out of the realm of possibility for most of the 400,000 school children in Sulu. With less than 20 doctors for some 1 million residents of the province, nurses are often the lead health care providers.

"We highly value our young nurses," says Tanjung Elementary School Nurse Monira, RN. "They participate in all of our health and hygiene programs in the school where we have more than 1,400 pupils. In case of an emergency inside their classroom, they can immediately assist a sick or hurt child. Their role is to intervene until the school nurse can arrive."

I asked Little Nurse Sarhada, a fifth-grader at Tanjung Elementary, why she volunteered to become a Little Nurse. She responded with a big smile: "I want to help other people, and how to cure any type of pain.  I want to show my gratitude for all the blessings I have received.  Like for example, if another student stumbles and falls down, I will rescue that student. I want to share the lessons I have learned by being a Little Nurse."

We invite you to contribute whatever you can afford to this beautiful platform for children to express their desire to serve others. Please continue to be part of our Nursing team by clicking on the link below.  

Happy Holiday Season to all!!

Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses

2019 Mini-Nurse Group at Tanjung ES
2019 Mini-Nurse Group at Tanjung ES
Emergency response training for mini-nurses
Emergency response training for mini-nurses
Jolo Fire Fighters lead first aid training
Jolo Fire Fighters lead first aid training
5th grade mini-nurse learns first aid rescue
5th grade mini-nurse learns first aid rescue
Little nurses lead anti-bullying campaign
Little nurses lead anti-bullying campaign
Little Nurse teaches 1st grader to brush teeth
Little Nurse teaches 1st grader to brush teeth
Mini-Nurse expresses her joy
Mini-Nurse expresses her joy
New mini-nurse wearing uniform vest from AAI
New mini-nurse wearing uniform vest from AAI

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Sep 19, 2019

AAI and Donors Continue to Support Communities

A young man happy to receive a new book
A young man happy to receive a new book

Donations continue to arrive which assist communities who are dealing with the aftermath of typhoons and other natural disasters. These past few months, your donations helped to send shipments of books, toys, basic medical equipment, mother and baby items and other supplies needed to the island of Sulu in the Philippines.

Asia America Initiative with our local partners is conducting long-term relief and providing food and water to thousands of affected families. 

In Sulu, one partner is the local Fire Department who assists with the arrival of donations. They transport the heavy boxes from the port to the local university and participate in the sorting of donations. The donations will then be distributed to AAI sponsored schools, the local hospital, and birthing centers in the area.

Mindanao State University is another local partner who generously donates space for the housing and sorting of goods. Our AAI team is on location at the university to coordinate the distribution and as a contact for schools arriving to receive donations. As is usually the case, the local schools are the lifeline to the community.  AAI has developed a good relationship with the schools we sponsor. The staff is attuned to the needs of the families in their area. We are able to account for donations and know where they are going. Donations for the local hospital and birthing centers will be transported there by the fire department after the sorting.

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.  In September 2019, severe rains flooded communities in the port city of Zamboanga in the southern Philippines with more storms predicted in the near future.

The immediate impact after a typhoon is to keep people alive, healthy and in a positive frame of mind enthusiastic about building a better future. Our long term goal has been self-sufficiency for storm survivors across the region. Our goal this year is to assist 30,000 additional disaster victims. "The importance of teamwork involving many organizations in the community is made possible by the materials and support we have received from AAI and your donors across the world," says Dr. Magna, RN, who is also the Dean of the Graduate School of Mindanao State University in Jolo. "Every item is a blessing that we appreciate and a motivation to our partners and other members in the humanitarian relief community."

If you would like to continue to contribute to this project, please follow the link below. If you have been thinking of donating monthly for our long term project, this is 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. 

Donations of new items for mother and baby arrive
Donations of new items for mother and baby arrive
Firefighters arrive early to transport donations
Firefighters arrive early to transport donations
Firefighters and schools help to sort donations
Firefighters and schools help to sort donations
Donations of new items for mother and baby arrive
Donations of new items for mother and baby arrive
School representatives choose what is needed
School representatives choose what is needed
Toys are used in psychological first aid
Toys are used in psychological first aid
Diapers are simple but essential
Diapers are simple but essential
Group Photo of distribution event helpers
Group Photo of distribution event helpers

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