AAI in the News


The Institute of World Politics: In this interview, Prof. Al Santoli, who will teach IWP’s course on “Peace through Development: Deterring Terror and Building Alliances” this spring, discusses his experiences in building peace internationally.” (Read More)


Philippines Daily Inquirer: “It is easier to illustrate peace as a way of life with images like these, to paint our own stories and messages for others to understand and share,” said Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman, country director of the Asia America Initiative (AAI), a nongovernment organization. The AAI is one of many groups behind the bid to paint the walls of Camp Aguinaldo with the longest peace mural ever at 3,770 meters.” (Read More)

Rappler: “Honey worked as the Philippine Country Director and Coordinator for Asia America Initiative (AAI), an organization that aims to promote peace and build healthy communities in Mindanao. AAI’s innovative programs integrate public health, educational excellence and livelihood opportunities to build Hope and Human Dignity as the framework for non- violence and reconciliation.” (Read More)

Asian Fortune: “Direct Relief International collaborated with its partner, Asia America Initiative (AAI), in the delivery of $600,000 worth of medical supplies and medicines, including antibiotics, pain relievers, nutritional supplements, and anti-fungal medications.” (Read More)


William Penn University: “In summer of 2009, I interned at Asia America Initiative, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on people facing severe poverty in conflict ridden sections of the world.” (Read More)


Embassy of the Philippines, Washington, D.C.: “Asia America Initiative President Albert Santoli and Board Member Bing Cardenas-Branigin presented the award to Ambassador Gaa. In partnership with the Embassy, Asia America Initiative has supplied aid to countless beneficiaries in the Philippines, with a focus in Mindanao.” (Read More)


Compathos: “AAI has often been the only international private NGO conducting relief operations in the war zones of Mindanao. Although an outsider and a non-Muslim, I do not carry a weapon or have military guard. Instead, I choose to immerse myself within the local communities who provide for my security against violent criminals or extremists.” (Read More)

Peace through Education, Community Building, and Economic Development.