Asia America Initiative's micro-project "Clean Water and Hygiene for 200 Children in Mindanao" was fully funded by our generous GlobalGiving donors to provide proper hygiene, clean drinking water and gardening support for 200 children in high energySummer Reading Camps in Indanan, in the Muslim Autonomous Mindanao Region of the Philippines. The children who attended the program are rated by the United Nations as among the poorest and most deprived in the world.
With just a modest amount of funds provided by our donors and matched by the local community. we were able to reinforce a fresh water distribution system for cooking, washing, and gardening. School officials purchased soaps and other hygiene aids for our targeted number of children, And the gardens added to providing fresh foods that were cooked on-site every day by volunteer Moms. In addition, the ongoing program helps to provide a positive attitude of peace and progress in a community that has been plagued by more than 50 years of civil war and social unrest caused largely by poverty and bad governance. "The enthusiasm and good climate of hope and fun created by this Summer Program is a wonderful motivation for peace and order in our province," says Dr. Amy Malbun, former Superintendent of all school Districts in Sulu, which has the largest number of elementary schools of any province in the entire Autonomous Region.
With just a 650 dollars of support, AAI was able to reinforce community volunteers to improve the water supply systems at two elementary schools with a total of 200 students in Summer Reading programs. The funding also improved their health and study habits in preparation for the new school year, which begins in June 2017. Like in all AAI programs, our goal is for students to have actual success for a better future. This strong enables communities to resist the lure of local or international terror groups who seek to recruit of children. "The simple but profound value of the AAI water, hygiene and nutrition programs," observes the head nurse of all Sulu schools" Hja Shareen Lakibul, RN, " is that they build peace and stability by focusing on our most vulnerable population -- the school children. AAI's continuous support provided by people around the world shows that with mutual hope and faith we can mountains."
Although this micro-project is fully funded, we request our donors to please support our ongoing major program on GlobalGiving: Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water (#20175). We could not achieve success without you. We extend our deep appreciation.
school gardening team with fresh crops
hygiene supplies for good health at schools
rain water catchment tank at all AAI model schools
healthy nourished children are energetic learners
graduating from Summer Reading Camp with pride