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

Project Report | Aug 17, 2023
New Schools and Medical Support for Mountain Tribes, Sea Gypsies, Muslim and Christian Children

By Albert Santoli | Project Leader

AAI and partners gather to aid a community
AAI and partners gather to aid a community

Dear Friends,

In all geographic regions of the Philippines, lingering post-pandemic physical and mental health traumas have taken a considerable toll. In addition, natural calamities and ineffective governance have intensified food shortages. Rising prices are putting pressure on basic necessities in local communities. 

Since the New Year, 2023 our programs have assisted more than 20,000 children and young adults in hard-to-reach villages and tribal areas in the regions of Luzon, Mindanao and Visayas. Asia America Initiative and our local grassroots partners and industrious volunteers are committed to conducting relief operations in multiple rural communities, emphasizing good nutrition and hygiene practices. We have upgraded training programs for teachers in livelihood development and remedial educational in the schools we sponsor.

"Electricity is scarce and internet connection is unreliable," says Principal Hannah in Muslim Mindanao. "When children cannot attend school, they are denied face to face classroom learning," adds Nurse Faith, AAI coordinator in the Christian Visayas region. To address barriers to social and economic development, Asia America Initiative continues to provide hygiene and medical supplies to school age children, teachers, and volunteers. In addition, we have been supporting and supplying Reading and Math outdoor learning camps in dozens of schools, including for mountainous tribes.

Dr. Yolanda our volunteer groups coordinator says, "Children and their parents are invigorated through literacy, livelihood skills, and health support programs and special events. We are determined to continue to facilitate these programs through non-biased school communities."

New psychology programs at colleges like Notre Dame of Jolo have addressed the emotional and learning disability impact of pandemic-related school closures.  "These new counseling programs have created a dramatic improvement in under-served communities where extreme poverty and communal violence are rampant,"  says Professor Zhea at Notre Dame of Jolo College campus. 

Thanks to our GlobalGiving donors and local parents, Returned Overseas Workers volunteers and police and military veterans, we are continuing to make a substantial difference in the communities.

In Lugmah, Sulu, we interface with a hard working young school head, Principal Nash, who is headmaster at a newly renovated public school for Muslim, Christian and Badjao "sea gypsy" children. "We are part of the social media network AAI created for Muslim and Christian teachers and children to share their hopes, and dreams. This has helped us greatly."

Mothers and fathers of pupils assist teachers to cook daily meals. Inter-faith cooperation teaches students the value of teamwork and unity.  AAI provides face masks, basic food, clean water, and other hygiene products. Principal Nash reminds us, "It's the parents, teachers, and school children who provide the energy needed for us to succeed."

If you would like to add to your support or begin a monthly donation, please click through this report and GlobalGiving will instruct you in how you can assist in this worthwhile endeavor.

Unite Inter-Faith Children via Education and Water

Your contributions have made a true difference.  We are deeply grateful to you all. 

Sincerely,

Albert Santoli,

AAI Director

 

 

AAI and team assisting Visayas flood victims
AAI and team assisting Visayas flood victims
New school being built in Kidapawan
New school being built in Kidapawan
Everyone helps to build new school
Everyone helps to build new school
Relief event in June 2023
Relief event in June 2023
Quezon relief event in May
Quezon relief event in May
Sea Gypsies students arrive to school
Sea Gypsies students arrive to school
Students receive shoes for school
Students receive shoes for school
Student learning to write
Student learning to write
AAI receives award from local community
AAI receives award from local community
Reading camp banner
Reading camp banner
Students participate in summer reading camp
Students participate in summer reading camp

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Asia America Initiative

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Albert Santoli
Washington , DC United States
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