Mar 26, 2020

Educating Nurses is Critical to Assist Covid-19 Affected Communities

AAI Nursing Scholarship Student in protective gear
AAI Nursing Scholarship Student in protective gear

 

AAI is participating in GlobalGiving's Little by Little Campaign THIS WEEK - March 23-27.

Donations up to $50 will be matched at 50%. Click through this report if you would like to continue your support of this important project. Thank you! 

 

Dear Friends, thank you for supporting this program.  Asia America Initiative is currently coordinating with nurses in at least five provinces of the Philippines as the numbers of Covid-19 victims is inreasing daily. 

With your support, Asia America Initiative sponsors female nursing students so that they will receive basic educational needs, classroom materials, graduation fees, and the cost of licensing exams. These young women demonstrate the potential 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. 

Due to the Covid-19 Virus pandemic, the capital, Manila, and most of the country's 7,000 islands are "locked down."  We are among the relatively few organizations able to provide support in some of these areas. We were fortunate to have a large donated shipment of food, clean water, and medical supplies, including sterilized gloves, face masks, and anti-bacterial soaps and sprays ready to ship in January and February. 

We were proactive due to our more than 20 years of emergency relief experience. Our ongoing relief for typhoon survivors funded by GlobalGiving donors has enabled us to pre-position supplies from abroad and purchase scarce essential goods from local markets. To maintain our inter-cultural focus, we are also donating food to child feeding programs in the Washington, DC - Northern Virginia area. 

As you know, for the past six years, Asia America Initiative has been committed to supporting the education of Nurses in areas of natural disasters and man-made conflict. Your support is critical now as medical personnel, equipment, and supplies are urgently needed. 

AAI sponsored nursing students are working with local health workers to distribute hygiene and other supplies to families in their local areas. This emergency has created a real-life opportunity for students to experience service in their chosen field. In coming months, we are hoping to support additional young women who will now seek to become nurses. 

Our mission is to stabilize the medical and social systems of impacted communities. Our strength is in our multiple partnerships with local, national and international organizations.  Your donations especially matter to keep our network in place in order to be able to respond to events as they happen.

Thank you for all you have done to help this cause.

 

Wishing you peace,

Al Santoli,

Director, Asia America Initiative

Nurses working with their instructor
Nurses working with their instructor
Hospital receives AAI supplies funded by GG donors
Hospital receives AAI supplies funded by GG donors
Distributing hand sanitizers to local nurses
Distributing hand sanitizers to local nurses
AAI provideded hygiene supplies urgently needed
AAI provideded hygiene supplies urgently needed
Pallet of donated surgical and medical supplies
Pallet of donated surgical and medical supplies
Nursing School Library
Nursing School Library

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Mar 23, 2020

Students are Filled with Joy to Share New Books

Students in their school library
Students in their school library

Asia America Initiative believes that becoming active readers empowers children to be future leaders. Our sponsored schools in each major region of the Philippines receive books from AAI quarterly throughout the year for supplemrntal reading and to build their school libraries."The Asia America Initiative's provision of books and classroom guides for teachers has greatly improved our literacy performance to close to 100 percent of our pupils," says Dr. Merhama, principal of Salih Yusah Elementary School in Jolo, Sulu, which has been recognized as one of the leading education centers in the region by the Department of Education.

Books are donated to AAI from our loyal partners in the United States. We review them for quality and subject matter and then ship them to the schools in the Philippines where they are needed most. We receive story booksand text books -- including adult literacy --  in all subject matter. We provide books from Pre School to Post Grad nursing and medical schools. "The blessing of AAI's contribution to our Graduate School and Nursing School," says Dr. Anissa at Mindanao State University in Jolo, "has enabled our university to become a center of excellence in professional development."

The joy of learning on a child's face cannot be underestimated. Some AAI schools allow students to arrive early to read and look through books.  Students stand in line waiting for the library to open. Fathers and uncles of students build bookshelves and book trees for their libraries. Parent involvement is the key to success in any school. When parents and teachers work together, students benefit by being part of a safe environment with their educational needs adequaely addressed.

Religious conflict and natural disasters have caused suffering for millions of Filipino children. Our programs 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. In addition to books, we also provide school supplies, clean water, and hygiene materials. We also support fresh water wells and school gardens to provide fresh vegetables for daily lunches cooked by volunteer parents.  The holistic nature of our programs enhance community-based progress and peace among diverse populations.

"The long-term positive impact of AAI's programs,"says Dr. Merhama," is that they empower Christian and Muslim communities to learn from each other through their respective best practices."  AAI serves as a communication bridge for action. Our social media facilitates transparent communication and dispels fear and myths that alienate communities who feel alone and abandoned. Starting in elementary schools, our positive interaction and equal treatment of various cultural groups facilitates mutual respect.

We could not achieve such positive results without the loyal support of our GlobalGiving donors. We ask you to please remember this program during the GlobalGiving "LIttle by Little" campaign betweem March 23 to March 28, when all donations between $10 and $50 will be matched by GlobalGiving at 50 percent.

Reading together
Reading together
Deeply engaged
Deeply engaged
Choosing the right book is important
Choosing the right book is important
Teachers selecting books for their schools
Teachers selecting books for their schools
Book tree made by school dad
Book tree made by school dad
Good hygiene is encouraged at school libraries
Good hygiene is encouraged at school libraries
Teacher with students in library
Teacher with students in library

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Mar 23, 2020

Typhoon Survivor Programs Assist Covid-19 affected communities

Families gathered at a Relief Center
Families gathered at a Relief Center

(AAI is participating in GlobalGiving's Little by Little Campaign TODAY starting at 9am. Donations up to $50 will be matched at 50%. Click through this report if you would like to continue your support for this important project. Thank you ! )

Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Dear GlobalGiving Friends,

Beginning in December 2019 the Philippines has been dealing with earthquakes, a massive volcano, typhoon floods -- and now -- the Covid19 Virus.  The pandemic has caused the capital, Manila, and most of the country's 7,000 islands to be "locked down."  We have been proactive with more than 20 years of emergency relief experiences. Our ongoing relief for typhoon survivors funded by GlobalGiving donors has enabled us to pre-position supplies from abroad and purchase essential goods from local markets. Distribution is being conducted by Asia America staff through school nurses and other local volunteers. To maintain our inter-cultural focus, we are also donating foods to children's feeding programs in churches in the Washington, DC - Northern Virginia area.

We are among the relatively few organizations able to provide support. The communities we serve are now experiencing shortages of food and medical supplies. We were fortunate to have a large shipment of food and medical supplies, including sterilized gloves, face masks and anti-bacterial soaps and sprays. We stepped up our effort with shipments in January and February, and currently US partners are preparing to donate supplies to our Filipino teams.

"The Healthcare team in West Visayas State University Hospital - Medical Center would like to humbly ask for your support," requests Dr. Lissette Fontanilla-Gonzales. "We badly need supplies of Disinfectants, Surgical masks, and other protective equipment to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in our country. Praying fervently for your favorable response.  A heartfelt thanks to all of AAI's team and donors for your generosity."

Our long term goal is the self-sufficiency of storm survivors across the region. The immediate impact is to keep survivors of multiple disasters alive, healthy and in a positive frame of mind. We stabilize the medical and social systems of impacted communities. Our strength is in our multiple partnerships with local, national and international organizations.  Your donations especially matter to keep our network in place in order to be able to respond to events as they happen. 

Clean water is hard to find in flooded areas.
Clean water is hard to find in flooded areas.
AAI especially cares for elders in the community
AAI especially cares for elders in the community
Rain continues to fall after flooding
Rain continues to fall after flooding
Hygiene supplies protect vulnerable people
Hygiene supplies protect vulnerable people
AAI team works with local school nurses
AAI team works with local school nurses
Fire fighters are reliable distribution partners
Fire fighters are reliable distribution partners
Happy volunteers pack donations in Virginia
Happy volunteers pack donations in Virginia
AAI believes every community matters
AAI believes every community matters
Thank you AAI donors!!
Thank you AAI donors!!

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