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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

Doctors across the planet emphasize that washing hands briskly with soap and water is the best deterrent to the Covind-19 virus. With your support, Asia America Initiative continues to help build clean and simple but effective water systems in impoverished communities. Our school-based WASH facilities in the Philippines include soap, toothpaste, and other hygiene products which especially help girls  health to improve. New water systems also helps the expansion of school-based gardens to provide fresh foods and lunches cooked by volunteer mothers and grandmothers. With improved water delivery at each school, and access to school lunches, girls experience improved overall well-being and stronger immune systems to fight all infections and illnesses. In addition, better health provides children the energy to attend more days in school with better classroom performance.

"AAI's support to our school children may seem small but are essential." states Dr. Aybee,  Director of the Planning Office in the Sulu Province Department of Education. " AAI has donated soaps,bleach, spray bottles and paper towels to protect all children from the virus and they also protect us school teachers and health service providers. Sharing is caring and AAI cares for their extended family."

Due to the Covid19 Virus pandemic, the capital, Manila, and most of the country's 7,000 islands are "locked down."  AAI is among the relatively few organizations able to provide support in these areas. "We were fortunate to have a large donated shipment of food, clean water, and medical supplies, including sterilized gloves, face masks, and anti-bacterial soaps and sprays ready to ship in January and February. 

We are being proactive with more than 20 years of emergency relief experience. Our ongoing relief for typhoon survivors funded by GlobalGiving donors has enabled us to pre-position supplies from abroad and purchase essential goods from local markets. To maintain our inter-cultural focus, we are also donating food and hygiene supplies to child feeding programs in the Washington, DC - Northern Virginia area. 

Your support is critical as the virus spreads and medical personnel, equipment, and supplies are in short supply. We rapidly sendsupplies to our communities as soon we acquire them. Your donations allow us to provide resources to our AAI team members to purchase locally in their communities.

Our mission is to stabilize the medical and social systems of impacted communities. Our strength is in our partnerships with local, national and international organizations.  Your donations especially matter to keep our network in place in order to be able to respond to events as they happen.  Thank you for all you have done to help this cause.  Please continue to remember us during the current global crisis.

Wishing you peace and wellness,

Al Santoli, Director,

Asia America Initiative

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Kasambuhan Village ES Students - May
Kasambuhan Village ES Students - May

School gardens which supplement daily meals for children in impoverished homes are essential for good nutrition. In the Philippines, religious conflict and natural disasters have caused suffering for millions of Filipino children. This program benefits schools in regions where children are victims of natural and man-made disasters. 

Our "One School/One Family" partnership program assists children in Asia America Initiative supported elementary schools in Sulu and Visayas regions. We fight extreme poverty and communal violence through integrated literacy, livelihood skills, and health support.  Asia America Initiative provides thousands of books, school supplies, garden tools, and clean water systems supported by ordinary people in the US, the Philippines and around the world through Global Giving. 

Students return for the new school year in June and begin to plant their new school gardens in elementary and high schools. These gardens provide vegetables for the communal meal they will all share, cooked by mothers and other school volunteers. Students, teachers, and community members band together to clear the garden area, prepare the soil and plant new seeds. The gardens are then well-tended by students and harvested as the vegetables become ripe. As the school year progresses, everyone in the school lends a hand. The garden will continue to supplement their meals throughout the school year and in the end, many seeds will be harvested and dried for the next school year. 

Principal Merhama of Salih Yusah, an urban elementary school, speaks for mostschool heads, "We are very grateful for the kindness from outside donors. We are also thankful for having supportive parent-stakeholders who provide us fence wire for the school perimeter. With that effort our plants won't be eaten by the animals who live in the surrounding forests."

If you would like to continue to make a difference to these communities in 2020, please click through the project report and select the orange Donate Now button. With your help, we can continue to support school gardens which are so important to students' well-being. (If you are interested in a monthly donation, GlobalGiving is even offering a 100% match!)

Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls

Thank you so much for your past contribution. 

I wish you peace throughout the holiday season and in the new year.

Albert Santoli

Asia America Initiative

Students tending to garden
Students tending to garden
Student volunteers gather to plant garden
Student volunteers gather to plant garden
A school garden must be well tended
A school garden must be well tended
School principals harvest along with students
School principals harvest along with students
Teaching students how to harvest plants
Teaching students how to harvest plants
Manilop ES students gather to harvest
Manilop ES students gather to harvest
Beach buckets and shovels assist gardeners
Beach buckets and shovels assist gardeners

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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 celebration 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 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 fewer days absent due to sanitation deficiencies.

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

Your continued support is essential in keeping communities healthy and improving their quality of life. We want to let you know about an opportunity. You may prefer to make a monthly donation and Global Giving is generously providing a 100% match for your initial donation. It's a great way to double your impact!

Please follow this link: Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls

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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Students Preparing their New School Garden
Students Preparing their New School Garden

Asia America Initiative thanks you for helping students wIth seeds, tools and watering cans to prepare new school gardens which will be used for school lunches.  "Supplemental vegetables and fruits provide a balanced diet for children suffering from  various levels of malnutriition," says Doctor Anissa, head of the Nursing graduate school at Mindanao State University in Jolo, Philippines. 

Students returned for the new school year in June and began to plant their new school garden in elementary and high schools. These gardens are used to provide vegetables for the communal meal they will all share, cooked by their mothers and other school volunteers. Students, teachers and other community members bonded together to clear the garden area, prepare the soil and plant new seeds. Your donation helped AAI to purchase tools needed and seeds for the gardens.

Poverty, hunger, communal violence, and limited public health plague Muslim Mindanao, Philippines. Sulu Province remains near the bottom of the UN's worldwide Human Development Index. A school-aged population of some 350,000 children are mostly impoverished and suffering from hunger. Female students are often most affected. 

AAI’s programs, also build peace by encouraging Christian and Muslim neighbors to respect and help each other, with an emphasis on daughters and grand-daughters. AAI's equal concern for all children, regardless of religion or culture serves as a mediation bridge and a vital component of social healing. "Our inter-faith activities dispel fear and biases that alienate communities who feel alone and abandoned," says AAI Sulu coordinator Tarhata.  "Positive interaction between all girls in a school community genenerates mutual respect and friendship," says principal Nuraisha of Kasambuhan Elementary. Your role is essential!

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

Girls working with their teachers to prep garden
Girls working with their teachers to prep garden
AAI donors provide tools for student gardens
AAI donors provide tools for student gardens
AAI donations provide seeds - Thank you!
AAI donations provide seeds - Thank you!
Gardening makes lifelong friendships
Gardening makes lifelong friendships
super size veggies for school lunches
super size veggies for school lunches

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Dear Donors,

We want to share with you good news about the students in AAI supported schools in Sulu, Philippines regarding their year-end exams. In the Philippines, the school year ends earlier at the beginning of April. AAI seeks to stabilize and enhance the communities we serve. We all know that a nourished child is much happier and relaxed during the school day.  AAI provided school lunches during testing times in order for the students to concentrate better and as an incentive to attend. Poverty, hunger, communal violence and limited public health plague Muslim Mindanao, Philippines. Sulu Province remains near the bottom of the UN's worldwide Human Development Index. A school-aged population of some 350,000 children are mostly impoverished and suffering from hunger. Female students are often most affected. It is difficult to travel to school and conditions are often unsafe. A simple meal can make all the difference for attendance and higher test grades are achieved across the board. In Sulu this spring, students of all ages did really well with their final exams. During exam week, Moms and other volunteers dutifully prepared a midday meal for the children. 

The long-term goals of AAI is to improve health and school conditions. We also build peace by empowering Christian and Muslim communities to respect and support each other, with an emphasis on daughters and grand-daughters. AAI serves as mediators and social healers. Our inter-faith activities dispel fear and biases that alienate communities who feel alone and abandoned. Positive interaction and equal treatment of all girls generate mutual respect and friendship.

Thank you for your support!

President Albert Santoli,

 

If you would like to make a donation to help us prepare for the coming school year beginning in June, here is the link:

Clean Water, WASH & Nutrition for 500 Muslim Girls

Students in line for AAI sponsored midday meal
Students in line for AAI sponsored midday meal
Girls enjoying lunch together
Girls enjoying lunch together

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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