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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

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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For hundreds of children of landless farm worker families in Mindanao, Philippines stricken with cancer from toxic exposure, their battle for survival is strengthened by simple toys provided by Asia America Initiative [AAI].   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.  AAI, the One World Institute and other volunteer partners compliment medical treatment by giving these courageous children smiles, songs and laughter.  A communal kitchen at the Center permits Mothers to cook traditional foods -- and separates pork from non-pork diets as required by Muslim faith.  Importantly, the kitchens allow affordable meals for children undergoing treatment with proper nutrition to fully recover and to counter the side effects of strong chemo or radiation based medicines. 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.

In June, 2018, AAI expanded its toy program at the House of Hope.  GlobalGiving donors assisted us with cash needed to ship toys and books and to purchase local mtaerials. "We hope to have a toy and book given to each child as they arrive to the hospital, every day,"  says volunteer coordinator Mr. Pidot. "The children are naturally hesitant when they arrive  -- as are their families. A simple toy can make all the difference in the world to a young child. An imaginary friend who can be an outlet for the child's need to express their fear and to see a more hopeful and comforting world."

 We are committed to continuing 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.  

Jolly Bee to the rescue
Jolly Bee to the rescue
Orientation for New Arrivals at House of Hope
Orientation for New Arrivals at House of Hope
Toys and Games for Cancer Patients
Toys and Games for Cancer Patients
Toys give children comfort and joy
Toys give children comfort and joy
We can do this!
We can do this!

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This years Global Giving "Little by Little" Campaign will match donations up to $50 at 50%. If you would like to start a new monthly contribution, Global Giving will match it 100% ! The Little by Little Campaign will match donations this week (April 9-13) until funds run out. If you are thinking of donating during this special event, follow this link: 

"Little by Little"  Global Giving donors have been assisting Asia America Initiative and our One World Institute partners to lift up the healing spirit of more than 500 child cancer patients at the House of Hope locarted at the children's cancer Center in Davao, Philippines.   We are systematically providing toys, story books, occasional fun parties that generate hope and love on a year-round basis.  
At House of Hope, a local volunteer staf member told us, "Thank you, AAI and all of your donor friends.  This week we have received the new shipment of stuffed animals and other toys and are preparing to distribute them to children of all cultures and faiths who are being medically treated at the Center.
"We were thrilled to hand the gifts to the teen patients, as we promised them. Most of them were lining up for their regular chemo treatment, so we handed them their gifts at the cancer center.  Unlike the small children, as typical teenagers they told us they preferred clothes rather than toys. But on receiving their gift clothing, they greeted us with the same shy smiles and hugs in conveying their thanks!  This is the beauty of building their confidence, no matter how poor their families, they are rich in spirit and can actually become well once again!"
We invite all of our donors to continue your support.  The Global Giving "Little by Little" Campaign, April 9 through 13, 2018, is a wonderful time to contribute to pour healing efforts for these beautiful children.  Thank you, once again.

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Those of us who  have survived cancer and other rare diseases understand that in addition to medical care the love, prayers and kindness that we feel from our friends and kind strangers is the key to our 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 Midanao Medical Center in Davao and the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders in Manila, we have had special interventions that prove sometimes miracles can happen.  One of those miracle childen is 4 year old Brielle and her mother Lissette in the Visayas region. 

Sometimes a humble NGO is given a choice whether or not it is wise to focus resources to save the life of one child or adult when so many are in need.  In mid-2016, I was introduced to a 3 year old Brielle whose Mother, a young medical student, was seeking to donate part of her own liver to save her daughter's life. We had to decide if this child who was near death would have a good chance of survival if we concentrated resources since we were already supporting hundreds of children with cancer and other rare diseases. I trusted that the GlobalGiving community of donors would respond in a positive manner to allow us to do both. Thank goodness, you all responded with amzazing energy and generosity.

My decision was based on the old saying, "Sometimes, if you save one life, you help to save the world."  I believed Brielle and the unselfish love of her Mom would be a shining example to many people around the globe.  I visted the family and saw the child was bursting with energy and joy, no matter how scary her battle for survival.

Fortunately, my trust in GlobalGiving was realized. We raised more than $20,000 to assure Brielle could travel to a  pediatric surgical hospital in neighboring Taiwan where the liver transplant was performed successfully in December 2016, during the week before Christmas.

Mom Lissette remembers, "It was a very difficult and scary time for Brielle and I and our entire family.  However, we are blessed that our family grew into a global community thanks to AAI and GlobalGiving. We could afford to go the a wonderful hospital and pay for the medicines we needed in post-surgery to assure our recovery." 

Recently, in mid-October 2017 I visited with Brielle and her wonderful family in the Visayas Region of the Philippines where she and her mother Lissette are full of life and cheerful energy.  Nearly one year after the surgery, Brielle is now on her way to becoming a fully healthy child.  Lissette asked me to convey a message to all who gave their love, prayers and financial support: "Thank you for showing us that the world is full of beautiful people."

This holiday season, we rejoice in the lives of little Brielle and Mom.  AAI maintains our commitment to children like Brielle with life-threatening diseases.  This Christmas we are providing hundreds of toys and stuffed animals to children with cancer and nutritional support via powdered milk and vitamins for at least 600 children being cared for at House of Hope. We hope that you will be uplifted by Brielle's true life victory. 

Please see our programs and micro-projects on GlobalGiving's website where you are welcome to be members of our caring community.  We wish you all a very joyous Holiday Season.

With much love and appreciation.

AAI Christmas Party at House of Hope
AAI Christmas Party at House of Hope
AAI Director Santoli at House of Hope
AAI Director Santoli at House of Hope
AAI New Year Party 2017 House of Hope
AAI New Year Party 2017 House of Hope

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Asia America Initiative

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Albert Santoli
Washington, D.C United States
$49,913 raised of $60,000 goal
 
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