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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
Brielle with life saving medicines in May 2020
Brielle with life saving medicines in May 2020

Covid-19 is causing additional difficulties in patients with rare and terminal diseases receiving medical treatment worldwide. The most vulnerable are often afraid to seek treatment, as they might be exposed to the virus.  Hospitals are afraid of spreading the disease and suffer from lack of adequate ward facilites and protective gear for medical staff.  Tragically, time-sensitive diagnoses are being delayed or not made. There is additional financial burden on families as hospital care in the Philippines and other countries requires immediate payment. 

Vulnerable doctors and nurses are on the front line of this unpredictable pandemic. Facilities supported by Asia America Initiative such as, Southern Philippines Medical Center, where the House of Hope is located, are trying hard to provide treatment for Covid-19 patients and to continue quality care of adults and children affected by other life-threatening illnesses. 

In Iloilo, at a prominent univerity hospital, Dr. Lissette, the mother of AAI's long-term beneficiary 7 year-old Brielle, who suffers from a genetic immune disorder, has been the head physician of a Covid screening team of doctors, nurses and technicians since Febrary. They began their essential community service without adequate face masks, rubber gloves, and alcohol for hygiene. Thanks to our donors, we have provided Dr. Lissette's team with esential protective materials purchased locally. In Iloilo by mid-May, there have been 161 confirmed Covid-19 cases including 23 deaths. 

Dr. Lissete works 32 hour shifts at the hospital and for the past two months has suffered separation from her family to prevent spreading any viral contagions. During this time Brielle was almost out of daily auto-immune medicines that enable her to survive a liver transplant. Once again, AAI's donors came to the rescue by helping to provide enough funding for her parents to purchase the rare medicines from Taiwan. 

Our other partner hospitals provide cancer medication free of charge in a systematic manner. AAI supports children receiving treatment by supplementing nutrition to aid in their recovery and to ensure a healthy lifespan. Books and educational materials are supplied to bring smiles and give hope for the future. This is especially important for young children who need care and guidance. Our art programs conducted in hospital wards build a joyful attitude to embrace life and enhance their healing process.

People in much of the under-developed world, such as the Philippines, are unable to afford medical care for life-threatening diseases or to access life-saving medicines. Quality medical care does not exist, and travel to specialized clinics is very expensive. Severe poverty and malnutrition afflict more than 60% of the population. Healing from cancer involves more than medicine; it requires a positive and joyful attitude, affordable transporation and energizing nutrition.  

In Iloilo, I asked Dr. Lissette why medical professionals endure health risks when they are mothers and fathers with children of their own?

Without hesitation, Dr. Lissette responded, "It is the Hippocrate oath that we are committed to uphold. We simply try our best to do the right thing."

These health professionals loyal to their communities despite the risks inspire humanitarian NGOs such as AAI to try our best. Our donors and partners such as GlobalGiving are an important part of our family and extended community. We could not do this without you. 

 

AAI Director Santoli with Children @ House of Hope
AAI Director Santoli with Children @ House of Hope
Dr. Lissette's COVID19 medical team in Philippines
Dr. Lissette's COVID19 medical team in Philippines
COVID19 testing team with AAI-donated supplies
COVID19 testing team with AAI-donated supplies
AAI Pres. Santoli with House of Hope Medical Staff
AAI Pres. Santoli with House of Hope Medical Staff
Be Strong and Take Heart
Be Strong and Take Heart

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AAI-OWI Rep with Cancer Children
AAI-OWI Rep with Cancer Children

Asia America Initiative and our local partner distribute toys, books, and art supplies to children undergoing cancer treatment in the Southern Philippines at the House of Hope located at Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City, Philippines. The beauty of this center is it the only such cancer treatment facility in Mindanao, and social equity is shown to children of many ethnic and religious backgrounds.  "Kindness and love is a key part of the overall treatment regimen for the children," says our program partner, Dr. Yolanda Stern, Director of One World Institute.  "Toys and artistic mentoring by volunteer artists brings together the positive mental attitude needed for recovery from the illness and  powerful 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 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 Philippines Medical Center, we have had special interventions for individual children that prove sometimes "miracles" can happen. 

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. Volunteer teachers and mentors use our toys, books and art supplies provided by AAI to help heal the psychological trauma often experienced by the children during their long hospital stays. This is especially important for young children who need care and guidance.  It is a beautiful model of local and global "extended family" love.  Our art programs conducted in hospital wards build a joyful attitude to embrace life and value education to enhance their healing process.

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. In 2020 we will attempt to distribute joyful gifts to the child patients every month.  Your role as contributors is essential!

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

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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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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Albert Santoli
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