Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls

by Asia America Initiative
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
Clean Water & Nutrition for 1,000 Interfaith Girls
AAI Mini Nurses prepare for Global Handwashing Day
AAI Mini Nurses prepare for Global Handwashing Day

On October 15th, AAI supported schools celebrated Global Handwashing Day!

With the motto: "Clean Hands for All", this annual  event celebrated in schools across the world "advocates to increase awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap. The impact in Asia America's Philippine schools emphasizes the celbration as an "effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives."

Our teams of dedicated AAI Mini Nurses demonstrated good hygiene routines to their fellow students.  Consistent with their pledge of service, they are always ready to assist and raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.

"We are raising the consciousness of of community by the school children developing habits that are fundamental to disease prevention," said Nurse Shareen, head of the office for Health and Nutrition Services in Jolo, Sulu.

Asia America Initiative prioritizes teachers and parents at our elementary schools to build clean water systems. With WASH facilities at each school, we promote adequate nutrition through school lunches cooked by volunteer mothers. School-based gardens provide fresh vegetables for lunch using drip irrigation from clean water tanks. Soaps and other hygiene products improve children's overall health for better classroom performance and less days absent due to sanitation deficiencies," 

The long-term impact of this program is to improve health and school conditions. 

We also want to let you know, we will be combining this project with our long term relief project Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water.

Your continued support is essential in keeping communities healthy and improving their quality of life. We will continue sending you reports on our progress as part of our long term project. Also, you may prefer making a monthly donation instead. Global Giving is generously providing a 100% match for your initial donation. It's a great way to double your impact!

Please click here to access our long term project - Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water

Splish-splash, soaps in hand and ready, steady, go
Splish-splash, soaps in hand and ready, steady, go
A Mini Nurse assists a young student
A Mini Nurse assists a young student
Children are happy at the hand washing station !
Children are happy at the hand washing station !
Good hand-washing can be done anywhere
Good hand-washing can be done anywhere
Good job students!
Good job students!
Clean hands are important in crowded classrooms
Clean hands are important in crowded classrooms
Students gathered around AAI clean water tank
Students gathered around AAI clean water tank

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Girls brushing their teeth at school
Girls brushing their teeth at school

Asia America Initiative thanks you for donating to our ongoing project to help girls receive nutrition, clean water, and hygiene at school.

Poverty, hunger, communal violence and limited public health plague Muslim Mindanao, Philippines. Sulu Province remains near the bottom of the UN's Human Development Index. A school-aged population of some 350,000 impoverished children -- more than half girls and 12 percent Christian -- lack clean water. Worldwide, female students are most affected in similar schools. We assist schools with a total of more than 1,000 girls, to create clean water systems, improved hygiene and daily nutrition.

At Salih Yusah ES, your donation to AAI helped build WASH facilities for girls to have daily access to clean water, soap and toothpaste. Teachers and nurses help students learn how to wash and brush properly. "The clean water has increased the attendance rate, subsequently the grade average of many pupils is higher due to to better health," says Salih Yusah Principal Merhama.

With improved water delivery at each school, we also encourage school-based gardens to provide fresh foods at each school. Salih Yusah ES has a robust urban garden with help from AAI which is used to supplement the daily lunch served at school.

Good hygiene improves children's health for better classroom performance and more days in school. Your role is essential!

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

All students have daily access to WASH facilities
All students have daily access to WASH facilities
Good hygiene ensures more days at school
Good hygiene ensures more days at school
AAI has contributed water tanks to 40 schools
AAI has contributed water tanks to 40 schools
Plastic basins suffice where faucets are lacking
Plastic basins suffice where faucets are lacking

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Asia America Initiative's [AAI]] school-based meal assistance program has given parents in the areas we serve a good reason to  keep their children in school every day. Volunteer parents and teachers prepare the food for the students and serve on school grounds at lunchtime, using clean water with fresh water systems on school grounds funded by AAI for hand washing and making nutritious soups and rice meals. This is especially helpful to keep girls in school for the full day. In the past, If they walked home for lunch, often they would end up participating in  myriad household chores required for family survival in rural areas with no running water, marginal hygiene and and the most basic of living conditions.  If they attend school every day, all day, the test scores of the majority of pupils suffering from malnutrition do improve.  The food and clean water strengthen the bodies and minds of children to keep up with a full day of learning, while resisting tropical water-borne diseases. They also receive the full benefit of education offered by grateful teachers and actively supported by parents.

"The parents are exceptionally grateful for the daily feeding program of AAI and the local public schools in Sulu," says Principal Merhama of Salih Yusah Elementary. " We teachers and school administrators could not succeed without a full and enthusiastic partnership with our entire school as a family.  The children are full of energy all day, with much less illness.  And we also have noticed better behavior between the children with less fighting and arguing as occurs when they are tired and hungry. The beauty of the program is that every child, no matter their social or economic status, is treated with equal care."

Poverty, hunger, communal violence and limited public health plague Muslim Mindanao, Philippines. Sulu Province remains near the bottom of the UN's Human Development Index. A school-aged population of some 350,000 impoverished children -- more than half girls and 12 percent of the population are Christian -- lack clean water. Worldwide, female students are most affected in similar schools.

Learning from our ongoing experiences in the typhoon plagued areas of the central Philippines, in the Southern areas AAI assists more than 40 elementary schools with a total of 10,000 girls and an equal number of boys.  In addition to purchasing 50 pound sacks of rice per week and growing vegetables in school gardens we help to build clean water systems, WASH facilities and adequate nutrition through school lunches cooked by volunteer mothers. Conflict between Muslims and Christians is heightened due to poverty. With improved water access at each school, we encourage school-based gardens to provide fresh foods and delicious vegetable and chicken soup. Soap for handwashing improves the children's health for better classroom performance.

For clarity of programs assisted by our Global Giving donor community, we have decided to combine this project with a similar project  to maintain and expand the number of students and schools we serve. Here is the link to our singular project for any future donations to this program that you may like to share:

Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls

Thank you for your support,

Albert Santoli,

Director

rain water catchment tank at Malawm Elementary
rain water catchment tank at Malawm Elementary

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Asia America Initiative

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Albert Santoli
Washington, DC United States

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