International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Asia America Initiative

Washington, DC


Asia America Initiative is a catalyst for cross-cultural and inter-faith cooperation. We believe that peace, security and respect for human dignity are inseparable. AAI’s mission is to build hope and empower communities affected by armed conflict and severe poverty. Our goal is to build integrated local programs that can be replicated globally. AAI supports inter-generational cooperation as an international model for building peace through educational opportunity tied to economic development. Focusing on the youth and caring for the elderly, we bring communities together. We promote human dignity through health, education, livelihood, environment, and the arts.

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Principal Officer

Albert Santoli

Main Address

1523 16th Street NW

Washington, DC 20036 USA


education, peace, health, human rights, development, refugee protection, mediation, conflict resolution, Asia, human security, human dvelopment, children, victims of violence, relief, Muslim, entrepreneurial, schools, Philippines, inter-faith, community development, scholarships, non-violence





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Peace and Security (Q40)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Short term: AAI works to Improve education and school retention rates in under-served communities by supporting community grown, nutritious school meals and supplying necessary educational materials; improve health by promoting clean water access, medical clinics, hygiene programs, and coordinating donations of cancer and rare genetic disease treatments to impoverished communities; improve livelihoods by supporting trade skill training; and promote conflict deterrence by improving inter-cultural and inter-religious communications and developing shared common interest in stabilized communities.

Long term: AAI's goal is to develop programs as sustainable models that can be replicated globally to support community stability and prevent conflict.

AAI's primary strategy is to develop strong local schools which become the positive motivator for the entire community. By bringing the community together to support the education, health, livelihood opportunities, and inter-cultural interactions of their children, these families are able to share the vested interest in giving their children an equal chance to succeed. As such, all AAI programs require the hands on support of the families whose children attend these schools - as well as the local education officials. AAI programs are also specifically developed so that these communities will ultimately be responsible for the success or failure of these programs, making them valuable stakeholders in preventing corruption and promoting the overall stability of each community.

AAI works with materiel and financial donors to form a coalition of generous supporters. With their help, AAI is able to minimize managerial overhead in order to ensure that resources are maximized within the field programs. In so doing, AAI is capable of rapidly expanding the scope of our programs and expand local and international communities.

AAI tracks several indicators of program success with the help of local field staff and volunteers. The primary indicators include:
Malnutrition & Weight: each school child in an AAI supported school is given regular weight and health checks
Health & Hygiene: AAI works with school nurses to gauge the level of waterborne illnesses within the school population as well as monitor the number of missed school days due to illness
Future Achievement: student success after elementary school is tracked to see how many enter high school and later the workforce, achieve a higher education degree, and gain the experience and confidence to become youth volunteers and/or community leaders later in life.
Accountability: AAI closely monitors all programs to mitigate corruption and influence peddling, as well as holds all field staff and volunteers to a strict policy of documenting and reporting all transactions related to AAI programs, regardless of financial, gifts-in-kind, sweat equity, etc

Since 2002, AAI has provided substantial support to communities which faced violent conflict, failing education, and significant community health issues. Our specialized programs have achieved results such as: saved fifty women and children who are now cancer free, helped to stop civil wars on at least three occasions, providing emergency relief after natural disasters to over 250,000 people, and we have become a mentoring source for over 150 students from around the United States and the world. Internationally, especially in the Philippines, we have over forty model schools that are achieving near the top of their respective school district rankings with a combined student population of almost 50,000. Our college scholarship programs have benefited over seventy graduates in a variety of professional disciplines.

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Asia America Initiative

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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