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Apr 24, 2019

AAI - School Nurses - Fire Fighters Train Elementary Students in Emergency Response

Firemen train "little nurses" in rescue techniques
Firemen train "little nurses" in rescue techniques

In the Philippines, Asia America Initiative has taken the "next steps" to anticipate and provide emergency response to natural and man made disasters by expanding training of elementary, high school and college students. Starting in 2013, the Philippines has gained the reputation as one of the hardest hit areas in the world due to climate change and accelerated numbers of calamities within the Paific Ocean's  "Ring of Fire." We have learned from our experiences that prevention and training is the best life saving deterrent to overcome the damage and casualties caused by Nature's wrath.  We involved entire communities, including adults and children,to become capable and fearless volunteer first aid providers. 

Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and a continuous barrage of weather related storms and floods [such as Typhoon Mangkhut], earthquakes and volcanoes, have ravaged all regions of the Philippines.  The trainings, conducted by fire departments, Red Cross volunteers and school nurses have made communities more prepared when a disaster occurs, whether natural or man-made. This March and April of 2019, many schools participated in the training exercises. In addition, AAI has established a new relationship with the local Fire Departments to assist in logistics and training of the students andour GlobalGiving donor partners have helped us to purchase first aid materials, emergency water and food supplies to care for displaced communities. Everyone involved in the training program has been thrilled by the results.  

Our Child to Child Munting Nurse training program in Sulu Schools is blessed to have many partners from the Philippines, the United States and other parts of the world helping our community-based First Aid and Emergency Response efforts.  Trainers include Sulu Bureau of Fire Protection, the Jolo Emergency Response Network, Mindanao State University Nursing and Grad School, Notre Dame College Community Extension program, and Department of Education Child to Child activities. We are very grateful to Dr. Anissa for being our main partner at MSU. And to all governmental and non-governmental agencies who are involved. We have begun the Emergency Response program by providing much needed first aid supplies for emergency care and trauma counseling and toys for children who have experienced the fears related to survival and loss of loved ones. We hope to continue and build this program for all good people of Sulu and other areas of the Philippines who are under threat and in need.

In September, 2018, typhoon Mangkhut delivered destruction in the Philippines, killing an estimated 60 persons and more than 105,000 homeless. The main areas hit by the typhoon are the most productive farming lands in the Philippines were under water. The majority of our beneficiaries are children and the elderly. We conducted emergency relief services, providing food and water to thousands of families and continue to support schools in the communities affected. 

We have refused to surrender to the elements. Instead, we learned from Mangkhut and other tragics experiences to inspire and build a community of decicated and heroic first responders of all ages.  "We cannot put into words the gratitude we feel that people from around the world through AAI and their supporters such as GlobalGiving,"  says Dr. Anissa.  "We have strong faith that we are not abandoned, by God or by his angels who are embodied by donors from around the world who have put their sentiments into action.  You are all our angels.  We will aways remember and be grateful for your kindness and encouragement." 

Little Nurses at graduation with fireman mascot
Little Nurses at graduation with fireman mascot
Little Nurses and their trainers are awesome!!
Little Nurses and their trainers are awesome!!
Little Nurses practice bandaging classmates
Little Nurses practice bandaging classmates
AAI training partnership with professional medics
AAI training partnership with professional medics
Firemen train Little Nurses with lifesiz manequins
Firemen train Little Nurses with lifesiz manequins
School Nursesof 50 public schools assist training
School Nursesof 50 public schools assist training
Fire Fighters are mentor heroes to Little Nurses
Fire Fighters are mentor heroes to Little Nurses

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Apr 23, 2019

Mindanao State University Nursing School Receives Text Books to Increase Graduation Rate

Nursing Students receiving med supplies from AAI
Nursing Students receiving med supplies from AAI

Globally, Muslim females of all ages are being denied the opportunity to receive a quality education and to develop professional skills to remedy the health, social and economic needs of their communities. In the predominantly Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines, Sulu State College College and Mindanao State University have provided such opportunity. However, the schools are surrounded by high poverty and communal violence. Students struggle to complete their studies.  More significantly, the Philippines is considered by the United Nations and other international agencies to be among  the most victimized by natural and man-made calamities such as tropical, storms, floods,eathquakes, volcanoes, deaths in childbirth and infant mortality, and communal violence.

The AAI Nursing Development program began in 2015 to provide at least 50 female students a quality education in public health service in Sulu, Philippines. Sulu, with more than 150 islands, is comprised of 19 districts, subdivided into 410 barangays [villages] has a population of close to 900,000 people,mostly earing less than $2 per day.  Tragically the province has less than 16 medical doctors. Nurses are the framework of public health. Thus far, Asia America initiative has surpassed our original goal by helping some 200 females become nurses.  An additional 500 elementary and high school nursing and first aid volunteers assist their schools' nurses and are trained in emergency response and first aid techniques if a calamity strikes.

In early 2019, AAI received a large batch of medical and nursing books and other medical equipment from hospitals, schools and churches on the east coast of the United States which we immediately shipped to Sulu. Funding from GlobalGiving donors make it possible for us to pay for the shipping and transportation costs.  And with targeted GlobalGiving donations we were able to purchase first aid medicines and hygiene soaps and disinfectants to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. 

"We are very fortunate to have sponsors and donations coming from outside of pour country,"  says Dr. Anissa, the Dean of the Graduate School at Mindanao State University. "This is a one in a million blessing.  Because it is such a rare opportunity we have learned to value the efforts of our donors who have been so supportive and thoughful toward us, who they don't even know.  It also sets an example for students and teachers and everyone on the grassroots level to not be selfish or greedy." 

By supporting so many additional female nursing students with their basic educational needs, classroom materials, graduation fees and the cost of licensing exams, we have made a life-saving contribution to the grateful people of Sulu.  The young women nursing students demonstrate the potential for success for Muslim women around the world. As health care providers, the nurses are providing vital services to all community members and expand the employment base in one of the most economically deprived areas of the world. They also are positive symbols for local youth to give to their neighbors unselfishly. As we grow in scope and quality, our nursing programs in Sulu are a beacon of hope for the entire community. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of our donors.  We could not do this without you!

MSU Library receiving books
MSU Library receiving books
NDJC Pinning Ceremony for Nurses
NDJC Pinning Ceremony for Nurses
Director Santoli visits Nursing Students at MSU
Director Santoli visits Nursing Students at MSU

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Apr 18, 2019

School Lunches Help Students Achieve during Final Exams

Dear Donors,

We want to share with you good news about the students in AAI supported schools in Sulu, Philippines regarding their year-end exams. In the Philippines, the school year ends earlier at the beginning of April. AAI seeks to stabilize and enhance the communities we serve. We all know that a nourished child is much happier and relaxed during the school day.  AAI provided school lunches during testing times in order for the students to concentrate better and as an incentive to attend. Poverty, hunger, communal violence and limited public health plague Muslim Mindanao, Philippines. Sulu Province remains near the bottom of the UN's worldwide Human Development Index. A school-aged population of some 350,000 children are mostly impoverished and suffering from hunger. Female students are often most affected. It is difficult to travel to school and conditions are often unsafe. A simple meal can make all the difference for attendance and higher test grades are achieved across the board. In Sulu this spring, students of all ages did really well with their final exams. During exam week, Moms and other volunteers dutifully prepared a midday meal for the children. 

The long-term goals of AAI is to improve health and school conditions. We also build peace by empowering Christian and Muslim communities to respect and support each other, with an emphasis on daughters and grand-daughters. AAI serves as mediators and social healers. Our inter-faith activities dispel fear and biases that alienate communities who feel alone and abandoned. Positive interaction and equal treatment of all girls generate mutual respect and friendship.

Thank you for your support!

President Albert Santoli,

 

If you would like to make a donation to help us prepare for the coming school year beginning in June, here is the link:

Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls

Students in line for AAI sponsored midday meal
Students in line for AAI sponsored midday meal
Girls enjoying lunch together
Girls enjoying lunch together

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