In the Philippines, religious conflict and natural disasters have caused suffering for millions of Filipino children. This program empowers elementary school children who are the victims. Interfaith education teaches students the value of cooperation and diversity. We provide books, school supplies, clean water, and hygiene supplies for 20,000 children. We also provide hand-washing supplies and nutrition programs for more than 3,000 children.
Poverty, storms, disease/epidemics, and intercultural violence are endemic in the Philippines. A school-aged population of more than 65 million children is mostly impoverished and malnourished. Sulu Province, with a majority Muslim population, remains near the bottom of the UN's worldwide Human Development Index. Christian communities in the Visayas are recovering from natural disasters. In both regions, we supply schools with books, clean water, nutritional support, and hygiene supplies.
This program assists 20,000 children in elementary schools in Sulu and Visayas. They are overcoming extreme poverty and communal violence through integrated literacy, livelihood skills, and health support. We have created a social media network for Muslim and Christian educators and children to share their new skills, hopes, and dreams. Mothers and fathers of pupils assist teachers to cook daily meals. We provide thousands of books, school supplies, garden tools, and clean water systems.
The long-term positive impact of this program empowers Christian and Muslim communities to learn from each other through their respective best practices. Asia America Initiative serves as a communication bridge for action. Our social media facilitates transparent communication and dispels fear and myths that alienate communities who feel alone and abandoned. Starting in schools, positive interaction and equal treatment of various cultural groups by AAI facilitate mutual respect and inspiration.