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 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

Links:

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!

Links:

Feb 9, 2016

Clean Water & School Meals Overcome Trauma of War

Rainwater tank at Sahaya Elementary School
Rainwater tank at Sahaya Elementary School

Global Giving donors have made clean water possible for 600 Muslim and Christian children in three elementary schools in the war torn islands of Sulu, in the southern Philippines. The funding of Asia America Initiative’s Holiday Cheer: Clean Water for 600 Children[Project #22504]has brought hope and joy despite intensified military combat operations against local gangs who claim allegiance to the ISIS terror movement’s growing influence across Southeast Asia  To the contrary, kindness and love shown through the 500 gallon shiny blue water tanks and colorful plastic wash basins is a strong counter to extremists hateful propaganda. These gifts of basic items needed for survival assure traumatized children and their communities that the world has not forgotten them, no matter our various religious beliefs. 

This micro project provides the most essential source of life – clean water. It was created as a micro-project under the Asia America Initiative [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 web site.  

The program provides equal care and comfort to children regardless of their culture or religion.  It fortifies their health and provides meaning to the importance of peace to build progress.  At a time when extremist and terrorist groups are seeking to recruit young children, offering  them only hatred and the culture of violence, we continue to promote good health and a positive attitude.  Each water tank in the program is a symbol of life through friendship. 

Ms. Jenny Usman is a 6th grade teacher at Sahaya, and also is the mother of a 4th grade student.  “It heartwarming to receive this support from our friends across the ocean,” she says.  “It feels great, knowing that your children wash their hands with clean water. You don't have to worry about the well-being of our children in school.  Clean water prevents illness and improves school attendance.  And the children are so excited every time we have feeding”.

In addition to the water tanks, AAI provides rubber hoses and water purification filters to enable teachers and parents to teach children good hygiene habits.  By providing potable water for handwashing and drinking, students are in school every day are not in danger of water-borne illnesses. Plastic pails provide irrigation for vegetable gardens to enhance daily school lunches where Mothers prepare nutritious meals cooked on site. Weekly menus include chicken and vegetable soup and boiled rice.  As part of their "home economic" classes, children assist their moms to prepare meals.

Sahaya school matriarch Dr. Amy Malbun states, "During the current school year, since AAI helped us purchase the rainwater tank, our students' performance and health has improved and they love to come to school."  

Thank you again, Global Giving Community!

Students lining up to fill wash basins at Sahaya
Students lining up to fill wash basins at Sahaya
Hand washing is daily routine at Sahaya Elementary
Hand washing is daily routine at Sahaya Elementary
New wash basins at Sahaya Elementary
New wash basins at Sahaya Elementary
Kindergarten teacher assists student wash hands
Kindergarten teacher assists student wash hands
Moms make lunch for all children in the school
Moms make lunch for all children in the school

Links:

 
   

donate now:

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Reviews of Asia America Initiative

Great Nonprofits
Read and write reviews about Asia America Initiative on GreatNonProfits.org.
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.