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
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses
Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses

Something special has happened in the nursing program at Sulu State College in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines. Located in one of the world's most disaster and poverty plagued regions, the school become a beacon of hope for the entire community. Three years ago only 30 percent of graduates passed the national nursing license exam.  The school faced closure -- and an atmosphere of despondency permeated the school's teachers and students.  The partnership between a new administration and the willingness of Asia America Initiative [AAI] and our GlobalGiving donors to stand by the "never surrender" attitude of the bright young students has made all the difference.  The students are now among the top performers in all such schools in the Philippines, which has the reputation of providing quality nurses to hospitals in many other parts of world. In fact, numerous studies show that the Philippines is the largest exporter of nurses in the world. 

Locally, with enrollement at the Sulu State Nursing School growing, the inspiration created by its success is becoming legendary. Former Sulu State College Nursing School faculty member, Doctor [of Education] Charisma Ututalum, was recently named the President of the entire College.  Our challenge at AAI is to sustain this success by supporting bright young students in their studies.  

Their success was compounded in June 2018, when faced with possible closure,100 percent of the recent Registered Nurse grads ALL passed their national testing examinations!

With support from Asia America Initiative, nursing students are supplied with their basic educational needs, classroom materials, graduation fees and the cost of licensing exams, These young women demonstrate the potential success for Muslim women around the world. In addition, 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. They also are symbols for an aspiring population of youth.

When AAI began assisting Sulu State College to train a mere 50 impoverished students to complete nursing school, we had no idea how the overall public health program in Sulu would grow!!  Since then, more than 200 young ladies and gentlemen have earned their Registered Nurses professional certification under the revitalized nursing school curriculum. AAI has provided assistance with fiancial support from GlobalGiving donors to ship or buy locally the text books and clinical equipment needed. Our approach is to build a generational attitude of progress and a culture of success.  We are targeting results over a ten year period rather than simply intervening for one or two years. 

We ask all of our donors to reward the school's progress by continuing your support.  We are "One Big Family,"  no matter our culture or religious beliefs. Today's nursing students are tomorrow's experienced health care providers and teachers. We thank you and look forward to your continued support. 

Nursing students studying together
Nursing students studying together

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SSC Nursing grads prepare for "Pinning Ceremony"
SSC Nursing grads prepare for "Pinning Ceremony"

This Spring we are celebrating much more than the 31 new nursing graduates at the Nursing School of Sulu State College. On March 26, the Nursing School had its charter renewed by the Philippines  Higher Education Department (CHED) and is eligible to begin a new freshman class of nursing applicants for the 4-year program.  This is a substantial achievement in one of the most underserved and least developed provinces in the Philippines in Public Health and all other social and economic categories. 

Three years ago, when Asia America Initiative and our GlobalGiving donors began our support,the school faced closure due to a 30 percent graduation rate. However, today the school is among the highest achievers in the country, with a graduation average of some 80 percent.   Led by Sulu State College  President Dr. Russ Arasid and Nursing School Director, Frissida Daud, RN, the program has become a beacon of progress for the entire community. As of April 2018, AAI has helped support the successful licensing of more than 150 new nurses via SSC.  The challenge is to sustain this success by supporting more bright young students to aim high in their studies. 

On March 26, 2018 the Graduation and Pinning Ceremony for the new graduates was titled, "Nursing Education: A New Beginning," was conducted with a flower decorated stage at the SSC Auditorium.  In her inspiring comments to graduates, Nurse Frissida praised and challenged her students"

  "May your journey bring you all a road to success now and beyond. In Sha Allah (God willing).... Stay Grateful, Patient, and Sincere."

 Asia America Initiative and GlobalGiving wish to thank all donors for your past donations to this ongoing project!

We would like to remind you that GlobalGiving's "Little by Little" Campaign will match donations up to $50 at 50%. If you would like to start a new monthly contribution, GlobalGiving will match it 100% ! The Little by Little Campaign will match donations this week (April 9-13) until funds run out. If you are thinking of donating during this special event, follow this link: 

 Your donations will help our hard-working nursing students with their basic educational needs, classroom materials, graduation fees and the cost of licensing exams. These young women demonstrate the potential success for Muslim women around the world. In addition, 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. They also are symbols of hope and progress for the youth.

Thank you for your kindness.

SSC Nursing School Charter Renewal Order
SSC Nursing School Charter Renewal Order
Proud faculty of SSC Nursing School
Proud faculty of SSC Nursing School
SSC Nursing School Graduates 2018
SSC Nursing School Graduates 2018
SSC Nursing School awarded renewal
SSC Nursing School awarded renewal
SSC Grads Join Philippine Nurses Assoc. Sulu Chapt
SSC Grads Join Philippine Nurses Assoc. Sulu Chapt

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Operating Room training: student nurses in Sulu
Operating Room training: student nurses in Sulu

In December 2017, we are pleased to report that the Asia America Initiative support to train 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses at Sulu State College has now surpassed 140 licensed nurses since the program began in 2015.  Sulu Province, with a 98 percent Muslim population, has one of the most underserverd health systems in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. The addition of these new skilled nursing professionals strengthens the overall health system in the province of close to a million people on some 200 separate islands. 

Financial support from GlobalGiving donors with a number of conributions and donations of books and equipment by a group of public and church schools in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia supported a revitalized corps of classroom instructors led by Nurse Frissida Daud, who has provided leadership and inspiration.  "We thank God," states Nurse Frissida "and extend our warm gratitude to all those who have encouraged and supported the success of our 2017 graduating students in the National Licensing Examination."

When we started this program three years ago, we hoped to assist 50 additional female nursing students with their basic medical education needs.  These components included classroom materials, graduation fees and the cost of licensing exams. We now have surpassed by 300 percent the number of new nurses who are helping to improve the overall health conditions in their communities. These young women demonstrate potential success for Muslim women around the world. In addition, 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. They are symbols for achievement which is a great morale booster for the youth.  At present the Sulu Department of Education's Child-to-Child "mini-nurses" volunteer program has begun in more than 18 elementary and high schools, backed by AAI and local government officials. Trained by the Red Cross in First Aid and emergency response, these young volunteers are forming a public health cadre to serve their communities in the future.

We believe that the best is yet to come.  Thank you, AAI donors, for your kindness and support. 

Graduating Class, Sulu State College nurses
Graduating Class, Sulu State College nurses
Nursing Instructors, Sulu State College
Nursing Instructors, Sulu State College
student nurses study for license exam
student nurses study for license exam
Little Nurses of Sulu get Red Cross 1st aid lesson
Little Nurses of Sulu get Red Cross 1st aid lesson

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Mini-Nurses of Jolo practicing emergency relief
Mini-Nurses of Jolo practicing emergency relief

On August 17 and 18, a second group of 50 mini-nurses representing more than ten elementary schools concluded their emergency aid training session to promote first aid and promote safety measures in their schools. The training on Jolo island is supported by the private NGO, Asia America Initiative, the Sulu Department of Education, and local nurses, teachers and college volunteers.  The program is the first of its kind in the Muslim Mindanao Region city of Jolo. The girls and boys, between the ages of 10 and 12 years old, have become enthusiastic helpers of their school nurses.

The Training, conducted by Red Cross volunteers, introduced the "LIttle [Florence] Nightengales, [founder of modern nursing], to healthy lifestyles and opening their young minds to consider careers in public health services," says Nurse Hja Shareen Lakibul, Head Nurse of the Dept of Eduation in Sulu province.   "The training of “mini nurses” is crucial to places in the Philippine islands such as Sulu where unstable militancy and natural disasters seem to be never-ending. By empowering the 4th to 6th graders and high schoolers, their joyful awareness of public health reaches the whole community and creates a continuous source of health services."

The Mini Nurses program is going through a period rapid and enthusiastic expansion. The program has expanded in its second year from three schools to almost thirty. some 200 students have already graduated from the emergency aid training. The recent mass training is the first community-wide “Child To Child” [C2C] peer learning opportunity since the idea blossomed in 2014.

Red Cross volunteers and the Sulu’s Department of Education school nurses, supported by AAI, instructed attentive mini nurses how to create bandages for head wounds in the case of earthquakes or other natural disasters. “The children’s focus speaks highly of the encouragement from their families and teachers in their communities,” says AAI Director Albert Santoli.

"The program is intended to prepare future generations of healthcare professionals within isolated communities," says Principal Merhama Pandi of Salih Yusah Elmentary School. "This is essential in rural areas where public health is not available. Positive results, starting with a positive attitude, are already apparent."

The "Child 2 Child" Mini-Nurse program is a substantial part of the Child Friendly Schools and Peace Zone programs now underway in Sulu. The participants in these programs will go on to become the next generation of nursing students at colleges such as Sulu State Collece where our "Support 50 Muslim Girls to Become Nurses" program as been a heart-warming success.  Global Giving donors have helped to make a huge difference in the lives of these children, especially the girls who are learning leadership, caring for fellow students and being inspired to become contributing professionals in their communities.  Deep appreciation to all of our extended community of donors.

Mini-Nurses practicing earthquake response
Mini-Nurses practicing earthquake response
Mini Nurses to the rescue
Mini Nurses to the rescue
smallest mini-nurse receives her certificate
smallest mini-nurse receives her certificate
Earthquake drill
Earthquake drill
Closing Awards Ceremony for high school 1st aiders
Closing Awards Ceremony for high school 1st aiders

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A phenomenal achievement was recently performed  by the newly graduated Registered Nursing students from School of Nursing at Sulu State college in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines one of the most impoverished and conflict-torn areas in all of Asia.  In the mid-year National Nurses License Exam a group of bright and energetic recent SSC students doubled the national average for passing the exam with close to a 70 percent success rate, compared to 35 percent by all other test-takers from all regions of the country.  "This is an amazing day for our school," says SSC President Dr. Russ Arasid. "We have demonstrated the practice of "One Direction for Sucess" by all of our students, teachers and administrators."

Muslim females of all ages around the world 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.  Sulu State College  is surrounded by high poverty and communal violence. It is a prime target for the radical Islamic groups such as ISIS and their wanna-be  sub-groups made of of largely teenaged boys "slave" girls.  Students struggle to complete their studies at Sulu State College which intends to provide affordable education to youth coming from families under the poverty line -- earning less than $2 US per day.  In the 2013 - 2014 school year the School of Nursing at SSC  was tareted for closure by the the national Commission on Higher Education [CHED] because the pass rate was well under 30 percent. 

In 2015, Asia America Initiative at the request of College President Arasid and his Coordinator Dayang Shvetz Kiram, began supporting the School of Nursing which lacked basic textbooks, lab equipment and even electricty to run a handful of broken down printers, computers and other basic instructional technologies. Financial support from Global Giving donors with a number of modest conributions and donations of books and equipment by a group of public and church schools in Pennsylvania, maryland and West Virginia supported a revitalized corps of classroom instructors led by Nurse Frissida Daud, who has provided leadership and inspiration.  "We thank God," states Nurse Frissida "and extend our warm gratitude to all those who have encouraged and supported the success of our 2017 graduating students in the National Licensing Examination."

 When we started this program wo years ago, we hope to assist 50 additional female nursing students with their basic educational needs, classroom materials, graduation fees and the cost of licensing exams, We now have surpassed moe than 120 new nurses who are helping to improve the overall health conditions in their communities. These young women demonstrate the potential success for Muslim women around the world. In addition, 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. They also are symbols for success and achievement which is a great morale booster for the youth.

 We believe that the best is yet to come.  Our challenge, whith radicals from outside of the Philippines pushing in,  is to sustain this success in education and life. Please help us to support more bright young students in their nursing studies during the 2017-18 school year.

Faculty at SSC Nursing School
Faculty at SSC Nursing School
AAI donated supplies for Nursing School
AAI donated supplies for Nursing School
Strong Girls Become Nurses
Strong Girls Become Nurses

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