Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls

by Asia America Initiative
Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls
Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls
Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls
Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls
Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls
Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls
Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls
Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls
Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls
Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls
AAI provides hygiene supplies and seeds
AAI provides hygiene supplies and seeds

Dear Friends,

During the past two years of the pandemic restrictions on community activities, Asia America Initiative has been busy building wash stations and providing hygiene supplies for Muslim girls in Mindanao.

By building clean water systems and by providing soaps, toothpaste, and other hygiene products, girls' health can dramatically improve. AAI-sponsored schools are engaging students to continue their studies and we are providing PPE protection as Covid19 continues to spread (in a less virulent way, but good hygiene is important to keep outbreaks down). It is especially imperative for girl students to not give up on possibilities. What happens now with their studies will have an impact on the rest of their lives.

"More or less, we have 200 pupils today, more than half are females," says School Head Masdida of Timbangan Elementary School in Sulu.  "We just began allowing children in kinder to grade 3 to go back to school for mentoring. I believe that these grade levels are the most crucial stage, which is the foundation for learning. Children need help in basic skills like holding pencils or ballpoint pens, reading, and introducing the sounds of letters.

Girls attend more days in school and their learning is enhanced when good hygiene practices are taught and they have adequate supplies provided. Your contributions have made a difference.

We are encouraging and providing seeds and supplies for the expansion of school-based gardens that provide fresh food for school lunches - cooked by volunteer mothers and grandmothers. With improved water delivery at each school and access to school lunches, girls can experience improved overall well-being.

To our GlobalGiving community of donors: We appreciate all you do could not do this without you!

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Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls

Thank you,

Albert Santoli,

Director, Asia America Initiative

AAI and your donations provide hygiene supplies
AAI and your donations provide hygiene supplies
Girls in class have a better future
Girls in class have a better future
Moms and volunteers prepare lunch at school
Moms and volunteers prepare lunch at school
Soap is very important for good hygiene
Soap is very important for good hygiene
Covid19 Signs help students return to class
Covid19 Signs help students return to class
Girls relax, learn, and engage in school
Girls relax, learn, and engage in school
AAI books are continuing to ship to classrooms
AAI books are continuing to ship to classrooms
Happy to be back in class!
Happy to be back in class!
Water tank provided by AAI
Water tank provided by AAI
Teachers can give individual attention in class
Teachers can give individual attention in class

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Dear Friends of AAI,

The Covid pandemic has caused children to miss close to two years of authentic classroom experience. This has been especially devastating at the elementary school level, where a love for learning is developed by relationships with teachers and classmates.  The alternative learning approach by electronic or cell phone classes has been counter-productive as children get bored quickly and eyes are strained by looking at small screens.  Worse, many locations have continuous blackouts or lack adequate internet connectivity.The printed module learning method is hindered by the cost of ink catridge, copy paper, and basic school supplies.  Parents, many of whom are functionally illiterate, fear that their children will never escape the cycles of hunger and poverty.

In the Philippines, we are conducting an innovative community-based approach to enable teachers to mentor children outdoors or on a house-to-house basis.  Our main center for these new programs is in Sulu Province, in the Muslim Autonomous zone of the Mindanao Region.  Even before the pandemic, Sulu's island communities ranked near the bottom of the UN's worldwide Human Development Index. A school-aged population of some 350,000 children -- more than half of whom are girls -- suffer from hunger.  Worldwide, female students are the most impacted in similar circumstances.

Especially during this pandemic, we have used funds from our GlobalGiving donors, matched by parents and some community leaders, to build clean water systems, WASH facilities, and hygenic classroom environments needed for safety during face-to-face mentoring.  We are providing soaps, toothpaste, and other hygiene products. Principal Bhing at Timbagan Elementary School says, "By providing meals and snacks to our impoverished children, parents will accompany their little ones and help with cooking and gardening.  As a result, children attend more days at school and their classroom performance is enhanced... We encourage the expansion of school-based gardens that provide fresh food for school lunches - cooked by volunteer mothers and grandmothers. With improved rain-catchment tanks and water delivery at each school, boys and girls can equally experience improved overall well-being."

To our GlobalGiving community of donors: You have done more than you can imagine. We could not do this without you!

Thank you,

Albert Santoli,

Director, Asia America Initiative

Children attend mentoring classes
Children attend mentoring classes
Too cute!!
Too cute!!
Mentoring requires covid protection
Mentoring requires covid protection
Eating together largest meal of day
Eating together largest meal of day
Everyone gets their favorite porridge
Everyone gets their favorite porridge
improving writing skills
improving writing skills
social bonding inspires children
social bonding inspires children
Mother volunteers share cooking for students
Mother volunteers share cooking for students
Moms cook over open fire
Moms cook over open fire
breakfast snacks to take home
breakfast snacks to take home
Moms wait for children to finish classes
Moms wait for children to finish classes

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Handwasing at school wash station in Sulu
Handwasing at school wash station in Sulu

Dear Friends,

As the new school year approaches, schools are preparing for students to eventually return, and continue to do onsite mentoring and distributing fressh foods to needy families that are grown in school gardens. In an expansion of our Asia America Initiative project, we are improving student access to clean water by building new water stations and providing water tanks to new schools. 

We recently purchased a new water pump for Salih Yusah Elmentary School who has a population of more than 500 girls between kindergarten and sixth grade among more than 850 pupils. The school's award winning gardens have been made possible by deep wells and water tanks funded by Asia America Intiative. "AAI has been our loyal partner and a God send for us,"  says Salih Yusah Elementary Principal Dr. Merhama.  "Their untiring efforts during the pandemic have been a model of excellence for school communities in our province.  We send heartfelt thanks to all of AAI's kind and thoughtful donors."

Poverty, hunger, communal violence, and limited public health plague Muslim Mindanao, Philippines. A school-aged population of some 350,000 children is mostly impoverished and suffering from hunger. Female students are often the most affected. During 2021, we have now more than doubled our goal of three schools with a total of 500 girls. Our focus is to build clean water systems, WASH facilities, and to promote adequate nutrition. All are essential for improved health and education.

By building clean water systems, WASH facilities, and by providing soaps, toothpaste, and donatiing other hygiene products - especially protective  masks and   anti-bacterial soap for washing hands -- our girls' health has improved. With the lifting of the quarantine caused by COID, girls will attend more days in school and classroom performance will be enhanced. We encourage the expansion of school-based gardens that provide fresh food for school lunches - cooked by volunteer mothers and grandmothers. With improved water access at each school and access to school lunches, girls can experience improved overall well-being.

If you would like to continue to support this project, please click the link below. 

Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls

Thank you for assisting in our goal to improve the lives of girls living in difficult circumstances.

Albert Santoli

Director, Asia America Initiative

Pupils' Dads  build school hand wash station
Pupils' Dads build school hand wash station
Teacher admires new school wash station
Teacher admires new school wash station
School garden beautifies Salih Yusah Elementary
School garden beautifies Salih Yusah Elementary
New clean water container from AAI
New clean water container from AAI

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New wash station built at AAI sponsored school
New wash station built at AAI sponsored school

During a pandemic-driven year of home study, Asia America Initiative has continued to assist the heath and hygiene needs in at least 30 schools in the Sulu archipelago of islands to prepare for return to classroom learning. In at least 30 schools we have contributed to the construction of wash stations. With funds from GlobalGiving donors, we have supported deep wells  constructed by school staff and families of elementary school pupils. AAI purchases essential materials and coordinates building and rennovations with volunteer support by local community members. 

The Philippines remains a leading location of COVID19 cases in Asia, including new strains of the virus. At this time, it is especially important for children to have access to clean water and soap. We have a long history in the remote communities in Sulu archipelago in advocating for hygiene. Our programs include handwashing, teeth brushing, clean water for drinking, preparing school lunches, and wateri for fruit and vegetable gardens. AAI has provided many large and small water tanks to schools and hundreds of five-gallon water containers that are used by refugees and other homeless families during a crisis. 

Poverty, hunger, rampant waterborne diseases, and limited public health plague the Philippines. Sulu Province remains near the bottom of the UN's worldwide Human Development Index. A school-aged population of some 350,000 children -- more than half are girls -- suffer from malnutrition and hunger.  Worldwide, female students are most affected in similar schools. The best place for children in these communities to learn and prepare for the future is at school. With proper protocols and handwashing stations, we are hopeful that children can resume their education in classrooms where they all deeop their social habits.

Our inter-cultural programs, also build peace by encouraging Christian and Muslim neighbors to respect and help each other. We place an emphasis on daughters and grand-daughters, but we do not forget to include boys. AAI's programs support the efforts of community mediators and social healers. Our inter-faith activities dispel fear and biases that alienate communities who feel alone and abandoned. We emphasize the roles of females, who have undeniable talent and skills.  Positive interaction and equal treatment of all children and their parents generates mutual respect and friendship. We welcome all of our previous donors to remain involved by continuing your generous support of our programs.

Local communities provide labor for wash station
Local communities provide labor for wash station
Teachers and volunteers build station together
Teachers and volunteers build station together
Children will love the bright colors
Children will love the bright colors
Teachers in front of new water tank for station
Teachers in front of new water tank for station
New covered wash station with water tank
New covered wash station with water tank
New deep well built near school garden
New deep well built near school garden
Wash stations are essential for good health
Wash stations are essential for good health

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AAI has always been an advocate for the good health and well-being of the thousands of students in our rural elementary and high schools throughout the Philippines. We emphasize clean water and hygiene, especially in impoverished mostly-rural communities. During this difficult year of the Covid19 pandemic, our emphasis is to prioritize group and individual anti-virus protection in our schools, especially for teachers and pupils.

Poverty, hunger, communal violence, and limited public health plague Muslim Mindanao, Philippines. In the Sulu Province archipelago of more than 150 islands, a school-aged population of some 350,000 children are mostly impoverished and suffering from hunger. Female students are often most affected. We have provided resources to assist three schools with a total of 500 girls and an equal number of boys. Our focus is to build clean water systems and WASH facilities. This is to assure adequate hygiene and nutrition for improved health and education.

At Mukammali Elementary, we worked with school parents, who are carpenters, to construct a beautiful new water system and WASH station. "Despite the lockdown in Sulu," says the Principal of Mukammali Elementary, "we started on October 16 to build a handwashing facility. Thanks to AAI's donor family and our volunteer craftsmen who are PTA parents, the handwash station was completed within one month.”

"We are so blessed to have you and AAI donors as our partners. I could purchase a large water tank and other basic needs of our handwashing facilities. It was a wonderful blessing. Thanks again!"

During the coming weeks, our AAI field team will continue our community-based WASH program in Sulu and other areas of the Philippines. We intend to purchase the materials needed for handwash stations in at least 6 additional schools. The target is for the 6 systems at a total cost of $3,600 to be completed by the time school is scheduled to begin on-site classes in mid-January 2021.

Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have helped. We have succeeded in providing enhanced health for more than 1,000 children cared for in this program during the past three months.

Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 1. If you would like to continue to support this program, your contribution will receive a match from GlobalGiving if made before midnight. Click the link below:

Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls

Wishing you peace in the coming year,  

Albert Santoli

President, Asia America Initiative

Building Wash Station at Mukammali Elementary
Building Wash Station at Mukammali Elementary
Volunteer parents build WASH sation at school
Volunteer parents build WASH sation at school
Teachers inspect PTA parent carpenter
Teachers inspect PTA parent carpenter
Finishing handiwork on WASH station
Finishing handiwork on WASH station
Completed WASH site at Mukammali Elementary
Completed WASH site at Mukammali Elementary
A work of art and hygiene for 200 kids
A work of art and hygiene for 200 kids
New water tank connected to deep water well
New water tank connected to deep water well

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