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

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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"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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Brielle and Dad
Brielle and Dad

Sometimes we are given choices in this troubled world whether or not it is wise to spend scarce time and resources to save the life one child or adult when so many are in need.   In mid-2016, I was introduced to a 3 year old child in the central Philippines whose Mother was seeking to donate part of her own liver to save her daughter's life. Some supporters of Asia America Initiative sincerely asked if this child who was near death was worth the investment when we already support hundreds of children with cancer and other rare genetic diseases who live below the poverty line.

My answer was very clear and direct, having dedicated hours of prayer and reflection on what our choice should be:  "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.  The child was bursting with energy and joy, no matter how painful and scary the battle for survival that she faced.

One institution that I believed could be a reliable base of support because of the quality of donors who would be willing to give what they could afford to save little Brielle was Global Giving, where I had begun funding our successful cancer treatment program.  Cancer Treatment for 20 Children and 30 Women [Global Giving project #8496], which continues to provide healing support for hundreds of kids at the House of Hope in Davao and the the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders in Manila.  Fortunately, my trust in the Global Giving donor community was realized.We raised directly and indirectly more than $12,000 to assure that the liver trnsplant with quality pediatric care could be provided in early December 2016.

In mid-October 2017 I visted with Brielle and her terrific 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 to assure that Brielle could become a symbol of hope:  "Thank you for showing us that the world is full of beautiful noble people like you."

This holiday season, we rejoice in the lives of little Brielle and Mom Lissette.  We have renewed our commitment to children with rare and life-threatening diseases.  We hope that you will be uplifted by this true life victory and that you will continue to be part of our healing support team in 2018 and beyond.   

With much love and appreciation to you all.

Brielle with Mom Lissette
Brielle with Mom Lissette
Baby Brielle After Liver Transplant
Baby Brielle After Liver Transplant

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Jhian, age 3, undergoing treatment , House of Hope
Jhian, age 3, undergoing treatment , House of Hope

Children recovering from a terminal disease such as cancer are an inspiration, not only to their families but also to their entire communities.  Asia America Initiative has brought together doctors, nurses, volunteers and donors who hail from many walks of life and numerous cultures.  In Davao, Philippines, the House of Hope is a center to sustain life for hundreds of children each year though its partner medical center, the Children's Cancer Inistute within the Southern Philippines Medical Center, the largest public hospital in Mindanao.  SPMC is the the only such medical facility for a population base of over 25 million people that has the ability to provide pediatric cancer treatment and long-term multi-specialty care.  

In addition, AAI has been supporting clusters of child patients with rare genetic diseases in Manila at the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders and individual cases, such as Baby Brielle, in the Central Region of Visayas. We are happy to report that 9 months following Brielle's liver transplant surgery, her health condition has stabilized and she is a fully active little girl.  Her Mother, Lissette, has a profound gratefulness to our GlobalGiving donors across the world whose contributions and prayers led to a wonderful recovery for little Brielle.  Her Mom, who was the liver donor to save her daughter's life, is also doing well and is now continuing her education to be a pediatric medical doctor.  

"We are so blessed to have friends around the world," says Lissette, "who have provided the essential support to make God's miracle of life for my child possible.   My family thanks you from the bottom of of our hearts."

Jhian and Dad at House of Hope in Davao
Jhian and Dad at House of Hope in Davao
AAI Dir. Santoli visits House of Hope, July 2017
AAI Dir. Santoli visits House of Hope, July 2017
Jhian and friends at House of Hope, July 2017
Jhian and friends at House of Hope, July 2017
Medical team at House of Hope, July 2017
Medical team at House of Hope, July 2017
Brielle and Mom recovering health after surgery
Brielle and Mom recovering health after surgery

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Albert Santoli
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