Children, teachers and parents serve lunch
One of the most heartwarming activities of Asia America Initiative in the Philippines has been the rebuilding and special care to the water, hygiene and nutritional conditions of children in rural areas who were largely invisible to the outside world. Parents, teachers and school children have been willing to conduct the “sweat equity” needed for the physical rebuilding. AAI’s local staff members have demonstrated unceasing care and commitment to their neighbors. The roles of GlobalGiving’s administrators and hundreds of ordinary people who have sent donations, have made our sustainability possible.
We have made a choice to remain at least one more year to ensure people’s self-confidence that they can carry-on. During the first quarter of 2016, AAI expanded our programs related to clean water, hygiene, school-based gardens and daily feeding program cooked by the Moms. Principal Luz Mayo Roxas says, “The community of Angub Elementary School is very happy for the gifts they continue to receive. Although many outside groups have departed the rebuilding effort, AAI’s programs have become stronger. This summer, there will be a group of parents to help our school to make it clean and to prepare a 3.6 hectare vegetable garden. They have started planting. They are cooperative and happy to serve. Thank you very much GlobalGiving for the great help you've extended. Your donor supporters should know that their kindness is a great motivator.”
On behalf of those who have benefitted and from the many incredible lessons we have learned about “doing more with less,” AAI staff who hail from Thailand, China, Japan, Connecticut and Virginia have found the way through shared commitment to assisting others, even 10,000 miles away. In the words of one of our staff volunteers, “We all have our dreams of how the world should be. Life can be unfair at times, but when people extend that one more step that can lead to success for the common good, the distance to achieving our ideals doesn’t seem that long.”
outdoor kitchen at Catig lacadon Elementary
Home cooking by Moms at Catig Lacadon Elementary
Second helping for growing children of fresh soup
Eating in Class at Angub Elementary