Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water

by Asia America Initiative
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water
The Magic of Story Books in Summer Reading Camp
The Magic of Story Books in Summer Reading Camp

Dear Friends,

In July 2022, Asia America Initiative co-sponsored and contributed substantial reading materials and classroom supplies for a regional model Summer Reading Camp.  This program attracted some 500 elementary school aged children and 100 teachers from more than 50 public schools in the Sulu archipelago of Muslim Mindanao, Philippines. In August, children are going back into the classroom for face to face learning sessions after more than two years of quarantine and isolation. The enthusiasm and inspiration of the resulting teamwork gained from the workshops and peer learning sessions were greater than we could have expected.

In the Philippines, Covid-19 caused the closing of hundreds of public and private schools and they have only partially reopened on a limited basis. The resulting social isolation, peer pressures and inconsistent contact with teachers are causing a lack of confidence in students and difficulty in focusing on studies.  This has been the situation in most of the world. In areas already facing poverty and instability, the lack of participation has caused many children and their families to give up on education. In addition, the rise in the prices of food, gasoline and other essential basic human needs has created community-wide desperation. 

In Mindanao, student attendance has been cut in half, as many youths are having to work for pennies per day to help support their families. The AAI extended teams of principals, teachers, and volunteers know that the best place for the students’ long-term well-being and success is to stay in school. However, the lockdowns and survival challenges have created difficulty for the families to decide now versus later. 

We were very pleased when our advisor, Principal Merhama volunteered her school to spearhead the Summer Reading Camp. She felt very strongly that if they could persuade parents to have their children to attend, it could spark a real turnaround in convincing children and their families to engage. She was right!  Not only did students from her school attend, but so did neighboring schools and pupils and teachers from neighboring districts. Other schools on nearby islands heard about the program for province education administrators. Parents and teachers boarded ferry boats and brought children to participate in the week-long reading camp. In all, 500 students of all ages attended!

In the Philippines, intensive poverty, social conflicts and natural disasters have caused suffering for millions of Filipino children. This program empowers elementary school children who are the most vulnerable victims. Education, regardless of a family’s religious faith, teaches students the value of cooperation and diversity. AAI, as the only consistently present international NGO in Sulu has pledged to continue providing books, school supplies, clean water, and hygiene supplies. In response to the Covid-19 crisis, we are also providing PPEs, hand-wash supplies, school gardens and nutritional programs for more than 20,000 children.

If you would like to add to your support or begin a monthly donation, please click the link below and GlobalGiving will prepare that for you to assist in this worthwhile endeavor.

Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water

Wishing you peace,

Albert Santoli,

Director, Asia America Initiative

Teachers mentor students by reading fun stories
Teachers mentor students by reading fun stories
Creative learning space with book trees
Creative learning space with book trees
Teachers Share their Skills at Reading Camp
Teachers Share their Skills at Reading Camp
Outdoor Workshops at Reading Camp
Outdoor Workshops at Reading Camp
A Good Story and a Good Teacher = a Good Reader
A Good Story and a Good Teacher = a Good Reader

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Students are happy to be together in class
Students are happy to be together in class

Dear Friends of AAI,

Students are finally returning to the classroom in the Philippines with careful measures against Covid19 in place. AAI has been sponsoring the Mentoring and Meals program for the teachers to meet in person on a small scale with the students to make sure they are keeping up with their studies and offering guidance and a meal by parent volunteers.

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. Inter-faith education teaches students the value of cooperation and diversity. We provide books, school supplies, clean water, hygiene supplies, and PPEs. 

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 freshwater systems.

AAI donor shipments have been arriving filled with cereal, books, hygiene, and school supplies. The happy faces of the students are such a reward after the long period of separation from their classmates. 

Thank you for supporting our wonderful project! If you would like to add to your contribution, please click through this report. You may also be interested in a smaller monthly donation to help support the students as they return to the classroom. Through April 8th, make a donation up to $50 and receive a 50% match from GlobalGiving!

Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water

Wishing you peace,

Albert Santoli,

Director

Asia America Initiative

Teacher helping a student with handwriting
Teacher helping a student with handwriting
A student working on his studies
A student working on his studies
Good hygiene pole entering classroom
Good hygiene pole entering classroom
Younger students need time with their teachers
Younger students need time with their teachers
AAI sponsored cereal and other food arriving
AAI sponsored cereal and other food arriving
Moms carrying rice to prepare
Moms carrying rice to prepare
Preparing kettles for lunch soup
Preparing kettles for lunch soup
Sisters sharing lunch at school
Sisters sharing lunch at school
A smile and an empty bowl!
A smile and an empty bowl!
Teachers distributing cereal packs to take home
Teachers distributing cereal packs to take home
It's good to be back in school!
It's good to be back in school!

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Mom and son in Visayas receive emergency supplies
Mom and son in Visayas receive emergency supplies

Dear Friends,

Food supplies around the world are growing thin in places such as remote areas of the Philippines. AAI has been sending supplies to communities in the Visayas areas, including Cebu Province, and in Sulu, Mindanao located near the sea borders with Malaysia and Indonesia. 

Thanks to your support throughout the pandemic, we have been able to keep a continuous flow of essential food and material supplies into many of these areas and are also supplying hygiene and PPE items for teachers and students so they can more safely interact in schools.

In the Philippines, religious conflict and natural disasters have caused suffering for millions of Filipino children. This program provides for elementary school children who are the victims. Inter-faith education teaches students the value of cooperation and diversity. 

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 Visayas are recovering from natural disasters. In both regions, we supply schools with books, clean water, adequate nutrition, and hygiene supplies.

Thank you for supporting this project.  We could not achieve this humanitarian success without you.  If you would like to add to this project, please click the link below: 

Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water

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Food and hygiene supplies are given
Food and hygiene supplies are given
The Philippines is home to profound poverty
The Philippines is home to profound poverty
AAI and local partners work together for relief
AAI and local partners work together for relief
Food supplies and books for students
Food supplies and books for students
Bags of rice are essential for good health
Bags of rice are essential for good health
Food distribution from AAI supported local school
Food distribution from AAI supported local school
Families receive food, hygiene supplies
Families receive food, hygiene supplies

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Schools in the Philippines are to remain closed for the foreseeable future due to the Covid19 epidemic spreading in many regions of the country. . Unfortunately, many of the communities most affected are in the areas of greatest poverty. This is a real concern for the children and families affected. Students feel isolated from their education, teachers, and classmates. Their long-term attitude to have hope for a brighter future is diminished.  Asia America Initiative is partnering with innovative and courageous school leaders to overcome this crisis.

In Sulu, Philippines an AAI-sponsored school, Salih Yusah Elementary has created a "House to House" outreach mentoring program. The school principal, Doctor Merhama, and her faculty team of teachers, school nurse and volunteers are actively visiting the neighborhoods where their students reside to provide encouragement and substanative mentorship. 

"The emphasis is on reaching out to those students who have no internet connection or electronic devices and live in the poorest areas of the city," Dr Merhama explains.  "We want the entire families to know that they are important to us and that there is a future beyond the current hardships caused by the pandemic.". 

Sitting together on living room floors, educational assessments are made of student progress since the global pandemic and remote classroom process has kept the students away from school.

The School Nurse is included in the visit to check the general health of the students and to oversee the distribution of face masks and other protective materials. .

Schools are central to a young person's development. Parents trying to teach children at home face many difficulties due to limits caused by their own lack of education. 

In the Philippines, social conflicts and natural disasters have caused suffering for millions of Filipino children, even before the pandemic. This program empowers elementary school children who are victims of these natural and man-made disasters to feel connected to society.

Inter-faith education brings communities together and teaches students the value of cooperation and diversity. AAI programs provide books, school supplies, clean water, and hygiene supplies. In response to the Covid19 crisis, we are providing PPE protective gear, hand-wash facilities and nutrition programs for more than 5,000 children.

Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water

Wishing you peace,

Albert Santoli,

Director

Asia America Initiative

joy of learning, teachers who care
joy of learning, teachers who care

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Student and Teacher after year of closed school
Student and Teacher after year of closed school

As schools remain closed around the world, students feel isolated from their education, teachers and classmates. In Sulu, Philippines an AAI-sponsored school, Salih Yusah Elementary has created a "House to House" program. The principal, Doctor Merhama, and her faculty team of teachers and the school nurse organized a multi-day event to visit students in their homes. Hundreds of students and their families were visited. The emphasis is on reaching out to those students who have no internet connection or electronic devices and live in the poorest areas of the city. 

Sitting together on living room floors, educational assessments were made of student progress since the global pandemic and remote classroom process began. Families were given hygiene kits and school supplies. Gifts of snacks were provided to the children. The Teachers and the Principal were able to re-connect with their students. "You could see it in their faces," observed Doc Merhama. "They were so happy to see their school teachers."

The School Nurse was there to check the general health of the students. She and the team performed psychological assessments of each child, deworming, anti-drug education, and demonstrated the proper way to sanitize hands and wear masks. So far, the event has been a big success. Other schools are now planning to do the same kind of outreach. 

Schools are central to a young person's development. Parents trying to teach children at home face many difficulties due to limits caused by their lack of education. The faculty at Salih-Yusah felt a duty to reach out to those students they knew were struggling and  lost in the COVID19 crisis. "The families were so relieved to see the Salih-Yusah team arrive," says Doc Merhama, "we were happily welcomed into their homes."

In the Philippines, religious conflict and natural disasters have caused suffering for millions of Filipino children, even before the pandemic. This program empowers elementary school children who are victims of these natural and man-made disasters to feel connected to society. Sulu is 90 percent Muslim and less than 10 percent Christian. Inter-faith education brings communities together and teaches students the value of cooperation and diversity. AAI programs provide books, school supplies, clean water, and hygiene supplies. In response to the Covid19 crisis, we are providing PPE protections, hand-wash, and nutrition programs for more than 5,000 children.

Thank you for your support of this very essential project. If you would like to participate in this week's Little by Little campaign, please click on the link below. The campaign is running from Monday, March 8 to Friday, March 12. GlobalGiving is generously offering a 50% match on donations up to $50.

This is a good time to make a difference as we are preparing these communities to return to in-person education, their school gardens, and school lunches. Thank you!

Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water

Wishing you peace,

Albert Santoli,

Director

Asia America Initiative

Families welcomed Team members into their homes
Families welcomed Team members into their homes
Families were happy to see teachers with children
Families were happy to see teachers with children
Teachers conducted open air sessions with students
Teachers conducted open air sessions with students
Teachers assessed students one-on-one in homes
Teachers assessed students one-on-one in homes
Many homes were difficult to get to
Many homes were difficult to get to
The team worked tirelessly to visit all students
The team worked tirelessly to visit all students
Students were happy to see their teachers
Students were happy to see their teachers
Individual reading assessments were taken
Individual reading assessments were taken
Teacher assessing student's reading skills
Teacher assessing student's reading skills
School nurse shows the right way to wash hands
School nurse shows the right way to wash hands
Packages of supplies and food given to families
Packages of supplies and food given to families
Many thanks to all team members!
Many thanks to all team members!

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