Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses

by Asia America Initiative
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
2024 Class Advancing March 2022
2024 Class Advancing March 2022
Dear Friends of AAI,
On March 15, 2022, the 2024 Nursing class graduated to the next level at Sulu State College School of Nursing. Asia America Initiative is an active sponsor of the Nursing students, providing study materials, uniforms, and tuition as well as medical books for the school library.  We were very touched to see the young Muslim pre-Nursing students advance to become Student Nurses and begin their in-hospital practice for their 3rd year of studies. As the COVID-19 pandemic has receded, this year's ceremony was held in person.
"Excellence is a core value of the Sulu State College School of Nursing," states Dr. Charisma, the President of SSC and herself a licensed Registered Nurse. "These values pertain to producing globally competitive nurses guided by the principles of solidarity, professionalism, integrity, and commitment. The student nurses strived hard to adapt to the changes brought about by the new normal. They have shown perseverance and determination amidst difficulties and have finally arrived at this moment. The nursing cap for females and the badge for the male nursing students signifies servitude, respectability, and responsibility. The lighting of the candle signifies tradition, service, and acceptance of the challenges of the nursing profession."
The SSC School of Nursing has come far from its early days with assistance from AAI, regional donors, and local community members. The students prepare for standardized national exams and continue to achieve high scores which will bring them great success in their future endeavors. We congratulate the Class of 2024 for their achievements to date and wish them well in the hospital training.

Thank you for your past contribution. If you would like to continue your support, please click through this report. You may also be interested in becoming a long-term sponsor with a monthly donation. Your support helps female nursing students by providing the tools they need to succeed. 

Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses

Wishing you peace,

Albert Santoli,

Nurses light the way
Nurses light the way
Candle signifies tradition, service and acceptance
Candle signifies tradition, service and acceptance
A proud day for the young nurses who work so hard
A proud day for the young nurses who work so hard
The faculty celebrating after the ceremony!
The faculty celebrating after the ceremony!
The caps are ready to be given
The caps are ready to be given
Congratulations!
Congratulations!
You are invited!
You are invited!

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Graduation

A some areas of the world, a large percentage of Muslim women and girls are denied the opportunity to receive a quality education to realize their professional goals. Some regions, such as the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, are chronoically affected by high poverty and dramatically diminished public health conditions. In the Sulu archipelago in the Philippines, which borders Indonesia and Malaysia, there are less than 20 medical doctors for more than 1.6 million people scattered across hundreds of islands.  A major need exists specifically for the protection of mothers and infants in childbirth. AAI is supporting nursing students at Sulu State College and Mindanao State University . Since 2016, our goal has been to provide opportunities in public health and livelihood conducted primarily by nurses, midwives and traditional medicine practitioners .

Beginning in 2016, AAI's "Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses" project has adressed crisis conditions at Sulu State College and Mindanao State University in Jolo city.  We have surpassed our original goals for qualified new nurses, with around 300 graduates who have passed their professional exams. These two schools and the private Notre Dame College in Jolo have a combined record of exellence that now can compete on a national scale.  The AAI assistance program is a global model for equal opportunity and compassionate service.. With support of GlobalGiving donors, we provide textbooks, clinical materials, and school supplies to improve the quality of health education.  In addition, our partnerships helps to build bonds of friendship and peace between people of all faiths and cultures.

Sulu State College Chancellor, Dr. Charisma, herself a former practicing nurse and head of the Nursing School, says: "Sulu is indeed blessed to have such caring and unselfish people from around the world who have generously supported  Professor Santoli of Asia America Initiative in his untiring efforts to improve healthcare in our province.  The textbooks and medical equipment provided by AAI in consultation with our administrators have created a partnership that has empowered our faculty and our students.  AAI has also provided scholarships to talented students whose famillies could not afford to pay the extra fees and other expenses required.  May Allah bless our benefactors more.  So that you can continue to be a blessing to others."

In July 2021, new Nursing graduates at Sulu State College were honored with a traditional Cap, Badge and Candle ceremony to pledge a proessional life dedicated to honor, service and professional excellence. These students exemplify the potential of women [and men] worldwide to contribute to their communities, especially during crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and global shortages of qualified medical practitioners. .

If you would like to continue sponsoring this worthwhile student nurse program, please follow the link below for year-end giving: 

Help 50 Muslim Nurses Receive Textbooks & Supplies

Thank you to all who have supported the efforts of these young nurses,

Albert Santoli

Director, Asia America Initiative

Cap, Badge and Candle Ceremony for SSC new nurses
Cap, Badge and Candle Ceremony for SSC new nurses
Lighting Candle of Service and Honor
Lighting Candle of Service and Honor
Textbooks Provided to Nursing School by AAI
Textbooks Provided to Nursing School by AAI
Supplies for SSC Nursing School provided by AAI
Supplies for SSC Nursing School provided by AAI
Medical supplies for SSC Nursing students from AAI
Medical supplies for SSC Nursing students from AAI
Nursing caps and badges for graduates
Nursing caps and badges for graduates
Diligence and hard work has merit and rewards
Diligence and hard work has merit and rewards
Dr. Charisma, SSC Chancellor honors new nurses
Dr. Charisma, SSC Chancellor honors new nurses

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Nursing student ready and prepared
Nursing student ready and prepared

Dear Friends,

Asia America Initiative's scholarship student nurses are returning this Fall to in-person clinical training. Hands-on experiential training is vital to achieving high-quality nurses who will develop confidence and people skills in their duties.  

Classrooms are prepared with new protocols regarding personal distance and enhanced personal protection. The students can not wait to be back in class. The students have been persevering with "remote learning" during the last year, but there are some procedures that cannot be replaced. These are best learned when Instructors supervise classmates in a team environment.

In fact, while preparing to return to school, some students are involved with school-sponsored local outreach to administer vaccines within their community. All of this interaction helps to inspire the future nurses to learn their vocation.

The nursing programs AAI sponsors are a beacon of hope for the entire community. Currently, we are assisting with personal protective gear and hygiene materials against the COVID19 virus and other illnesses. Our goal is to build a quality health system accessible to all.

Supported by AAI, Sulu State College Nursing students are now performing among the top 20 percent of all such schools in the Philippines - compared to a 30 percent student pass-rate in national nursing exams six years ago. AAI has helped support the successful licensing of some 225 new nurses in Sulu. As peacebuilders, we must now sustain this success.

AAI also supports nursing students at Fatima University in Manila. These students have higher-level education nursing goals. Azeezah, an AAI scholar at Fatima, from Muslim Mindanao says, "The nursing schools in Mindanao are very good and I have many brght friends attending there. However, the extra value of studying in Manila at a well respected Medical School is the confidence that it provides. I know that with my grade point average being in the upper 5 percent that I am capable of performing well in any community."

If you would like to continue to support these dedicated nursing students, please click the link below.

Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses

Thank you again,

Albert Santoli, 

Director,

Asia America Initiative

Student nurses arriving at Sulu State College
Student nurses arriving at Sulu State College
Nursing School community vaccination team
Nursing School community vaccination team
Back to class for Fatima Univ. nursing students
Back to class for Fatima Univ. nursing students
Classrooms are ready with new protocols
Classrooms are ready with new protocols
New protocol for students - Social Distancing
New protocol for students - Social Distancing

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AAI Scholar attending Nursing School
AAI Scholar attending Nursing School

Dear Friends,

In March 2021 despite an increase in COVID19 cases nationwide, some of our AAI-supported nursing scholars in the Philippines have begun returning to classroom studies [depending on school policies].  We are increasing our scholarship support and are fortunate that GlobalGiving has chosen our  Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses as part of  the International Women's Week campaign, Monday, March 8 to Friday, March 12.  This allows us to expand our budgett for fees, protective materials and cost of living support to nursing students, whose families have been financially struggling due to the pandemic. 

Asia America Initiative has provided upgraded lap-top computers and wifi equipment to effectively participate in online classes and to assure they can participated in mandatory quiz and exam activities. Especially in the Philippines, where doctors are scarce, it is an important time for new nurses to join the frontline of medical providers. In Sulu, located in Muslim Mindanao, there are less than 24 doctors in total to serve close to 1 million people. The role of nurses in all elements of public health is vital.

"The benefit of the AAI scholship and training support goes beyond the funding," says current nursing scholar Azeezah. "It's the kindness and selfless example that the AAI staff and their donors provide for us future medical service providers,  They show us how to care about our community and to help each other."  Although Azeezah is from a Muslim family, she now attends the Nursing School at Our Lady of Fatima College in Manila, which is highly regarded in Southeast Asia.  Her dream is to first achieve her Nursing license and then continue her education to become a medical doctor.

In Sulu we have stepped up pre-nursing and emergency first response training to high school seniors and out of school youth, in partnership with the Sulu Bureau of Fire Prevention.  Instruction is taught by professional fire fighters, many of whom re licensed nurses who also provide Emergency Response support to local residents. And at the elementary school level, we have trained close to 1,000 4th to 6th graders in how to assist their school nurses in support of their classmates. Some of these bright and energetic children inspired by this training, will become the nurses and doctors for their community in the future.

Your contribution will assure that young women  from financially struggling families can have the opportunity to become nurses.  We seek to provide them with the tools necessary to succeed and thrive.

Thank you for your support of AAI programs and especially this essential program for young women who want to serve their communities. 

Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses

Wishing you peace, 

Albert Santoli

Director, Asia America Initiative

Nursing students receive AAI medical kits
Nursing students receive AAI medical kits
junior nurse training
junior nurse training
Fire fighters train mini-nurses
Fire fighters train mini-nurses

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Student Nurses in the Lab
Student Nurses in the Lab

Dear Nursing Student Sponsors, 

Asia America Initiative is continuing to support nursing students even during this global pandemic crisis. The need for qualified nurses and front-line health providers has never been greater. Now is an important time in the training of nursing students all over the world. This is especially true since the Covid19 infection rate is most dangerous in hospitals and clinics where many 2nd to 4th year nursing students receive instruction. Most are now restricted from doing adequate experiential field training. Their challenges surpass the normal rigors of higher education and training. Hands-on instruction, observation, and patient interaction are crucial in making skillful and caring nurses in their future careers. Virtual learning is not enough in this field of study.

We are now preparing for nursing students and their instructors who we support in Sulu, Muslim Mindanao, and in Manila, Philippines to return to the classroom and hospital-based training. We are providing protective materials [PPEs] to help protect them from illness. In addition, we are sending additional new textbooks to reinforce their professional studies.  There is talk of extending the requirements to graduate which may be necessary, but can be a significant financial burden for the students. We will extend scholarships where possible. 

AAI continues to support at least 50 female nursing students with their basic educational needs, classroom materials, graduation fees, and the cost of licensing exams. We are also providing additional PPE for the students as well as technology to enhance their learning experience. As health care providers, the nurses are providing vital services to all community members and expanding the employment base in one of the most economically deprived areas of the world. In addition, they continue to be positive symbols for local youth. 

These young women demonstrate the potential success for Muslim women around the world. Muslim females of all ages are being denied the opportunity to receive a quality education and to develop professional skills to remedy the health, social, and economic needs of their communities. They know local areas the best and know what is needed the most.

As of December 2020, AAI has helped support the successful licensing of nearly 400 new nurses in Sulu. In addition, we are sponsoring females in other medical professions. We sponsored a medical doctor in the country of Bhutan, who is now a traditional medicine practitioner. In the Philippines, we are sponsoring two future doctors and one psychologist specializing in trauma counseling. The challenge is to sustain this success. 

If you would like to continue your support of these frontline defenders, please click the link below. 

Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses

Wishing you peace in the coming year,  

Albert Santoli

President, Asia America Initiative

Nursing students working together
Nursing students working together
Supplemental Masks for Nursing Students
Supplemental Masks for Nursing Students
Medical Gloves for Students and Teachers
Medical Gloves for Students and Teachers
MSU Nursing School assists Rural Health Stations
MSU Nursing School assists Rural Health Stations
Books and Hygiene aid for Sulu Nursing Program
Books and Hygiene aid for Sulu Nursing Program
Leaders of MSU Nursing School receive AAI aid
Leaders of MSU Nursing School receive AAI aid

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