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Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women

by Asia America Initiative
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
Cancer treatment for 20 children and 30 women
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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House of Hope Toy Party
House of Hope Toy Party

Asia America Initiative thanks you for donating to our ongoing project to help women and children with cancer at the House of Hope in Davao, Philippines.

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, increase their lifespan and receive education and hope for the future." says Pidot, AAI's Ambassador of Good Cheer to the healing children.  This is especially important for young children who need care and guidance. For child patients, our art programs conducted in hospital wards build a joyful attitude to embrace life and value education to enhance their healing process.

Recently, staff and volunteers gave the children a party to receive new toys from AAI and participate in games and crafts. Often, these children have never had a toy of their own and they become a touchstone of support as they go through their medical treatments. Your role is essential!

If you would like to continue your support, please click on the orange "Give Now" button. Thank you!

Child receiving new toy
Child receiving new toy
Children enjoying toy party
Children enjoying toy party

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In mid- March 2019, Asia America Initiative and our local partner distributed toys and books to children undergoing cancer treatment in the Southern Philippines at the House of Hope in Davao City, Philippines. The beauty of this center is not only is it the only such cancer treatment facility in Mindanao, but the social equity shown to children of many ethnic and religious backgrounds.  "The toy distribution is a key part of the overall treatment regimen for the children," says Dr. Yolanda Stern, Director of One World Institute, it brings together the positive mental attitude needed for recovery with the potent cancer medicines made available at little to no cost for the patients."

Many people who have survived cancer and other rare diseases understand that in addition to medical care, it is the love, prayers and kindness that comes from family, friends and kind strangers that is key to healing and recovery. Asia America Initiative's cancer treatment program for children and women in GlobalGiving [#8496] has assisted many impoverished children in the Philippines thanks to the generosity of our donors. In addition to the hundreds of children we assist at House of Hope at the Southern Mindanao Medical Center in Davao, we have had special interventions that prove sometimes "miracles" can happen. 

Hundreds of children of landless farm worker families in Mindanao, Philippines have been stricken with cancer from toxic exposure. Their battle for survival is strengthened by simple toys provided by Asia America Initiative [AAI].  "The toys become their comforting friends with whom they can share their hopes and fears," says Dr. Yolanda.

In addition to support from our GlobalGiving donors and the churches and schools from middle America who donate stuffed toys that AAI ships to Davao, local government and business community members in Davao all do their part in the healing process.  The Children's Cancer Center at House of Hope in Davao City, provides cancer medication free of charge to children of all cultures and religions in a systematic manner.  Jollibee hambuger restaurants sends their mascot to dance and play with the children at many events at the House of Hope.  AAI, the One World Institute and other volunteer partners compliment medical treatment by giving these courageous children smiles, songs and laughter. Volunteer teachers and mentors use educational and fun story books provided by AAI to expand educational opportunities and the children's families' hope for the future. This is especially important for young children who need care and guidance.  It is a beautiful model of local and global "extended family" love.  We are very grateful for every donation and other acts of love that help bring these children through their darkest hours.

Characters are on hand to entertain the children
Characters are on hand to entertain the children

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Dear Supporters of AAI,

We are looking forward to a New Year of Hope supporting the children with cancer and families at the House of Hope! The cancer center is located at the Southern Mindanao Medical Center in the city of Davao in the Mindanao region of the Philippines. The special quality of this hospital is that it is the only such center providing life saving treatment for children free of charge in a population of 25 million in the southern Philippines.

In June, 2018, Asia America Initiative expanded its toy giving program at the House of Hope. Donations from our Global Giving donors, were used to provide toys and books shipped from the United States and to purchase more healing gifts from local markets. "These toys are gifts of love," says volunteer coordinator Mr. Pidot.  "Positive morale and confident attitudes are the catalysts for healing in children who suffer from life threatening diseases."

In 2019, our goal is to provide a toy and book to each child as they arrive for their hospital each day. Our active partner, One World Institute [OWI], emphasizes the integrated psychology in healing and the benefits of a child feeling loved.  Dr. Yolanda, founder of OWI, is a child education specialist. "Children are naturally hesitant and often afraid when they arrive  -- as are their families," she observes.  "A simple toy can make all the difference in the world to a young child.  A cuddly stuffed animal is a friend who can be a constant companion as they undergo treatment.  This creates an outlet for a child to express their fear and to feel loved in a more hopeful and comforting world. Also, with art and coloring books we create activities for the entire famly.  Parents feel the pain of their sickened child and also need the friendship and the ability to be involved in healing." 

Thus far, our program expansion has been a substantial success, with more toys and books arriving. We are planning a Valentine party in February.  In addition, we will be providing vitamins and other nutritional essentials to the children and families staying at the center.   More details to come!

Thank you again for your kindness!

We look forward to your continued support.  

Albert Santoli,

Director, Asia America Inititative

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Asia America Initiative supports the House of Hope, a center for children with cancer at the Southern Mindanao Medical Center in the city of Davao in the Mindanao region of the Philippines. The special quality of this hospital is that it is the only such center providing life saving treatment for children free of charge in a population of 50 million in the southern Philippines.

In June, 2018, Asia America Initiative expanded its toy giving program at the House of Hope. Donations from you, our Global Giving donors,  were used to provide toys and books shipped from the United States and to purchase more gifts of love from local markets. "These toys are gifts of love," says volunteer coordinator Mr. Pidot.  Positive morale and confident attitudes are the catalysts for healing in childen who suffer from life threatening diseases. We hope to have a toy and book given to each child as they arrive to the hospital, every day. "Children are naturally hesitant and often afraid when they arrive  -- as are their families. A simple toy can make all the difference in the world to a young child.  A friend who can be a constant companion as they undergo treatment.  This creates an outlet for a child to express their fear and to see a more hopeful and comforting world."

In preparation for Christmas Season, we have pledged to continue our assistance healing support programs in House of Hope and other cancer and rare diseases treatment centers.  

Thank you again for your kindness!

We look forward to your contunued support.  

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Asia America Initiative

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Albert Santoli
Washington, D.C United States
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