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Repairing a Philippine School Destroyed by Terrorists

Help the US Embassy get children back in school 

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During the summer of 2013, the Datu Unsay Elementary School and adjacent military base were attacked with mortars and machine-gun fire by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a terrorist organization located in the heart of Mindanao Island, Philippines. Luckily, the attack took place when there weren't any students present, but the damage to the school was extensive. Mortars completely destroyed some of the school's structures and left other buildings unfit to serve the 1000 students who attended classes there.

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Repairing a Philippine School Destroyed by Terrorists

Prevent the Spread of Radical Ideology

Preserving heritage will prevents the spread of destructive ideologies to Cambodia's youth 

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There are already 1000 students enrolled to receive Cham Language instruction through the Cham Heritage Expansion Program. The instruction will start early this year, and as you can see from the current enrollment, the kids are excited about preserving their heritage. The program is now entering its third iteration and Spirit of America has been asked to help fund a critical portion of the program so that 810 more students who are waiting to enroll can participate. The students need your help purchasing their books for the course this year!

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Prevent the Spread of Radical Ideology

Humanity Against ISIS

Help America and allies defeat ISIS, advance peace and humanity 

Your support will help us respond immediately to needs identified by US personnel in their fight against the so-called Islamic State. All the humanitarian assistance we provide with these funds will support the safety and success of US troops against ISIS, and will help those who have suffered from ISIS brutality.

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Humanity Against ISIS

Warning Sirens in Syria

Help innocent civilians escape the bombs in Syria 

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Read about this project in The New York Times.

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Warning Sirens in Syria

Help Children who Escaped from ISIS

Boots for winter are needed urgently

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The children who escaped from ISIS through the desert in the heat of summer are not prepared for the cold, rain and snow of winter. Even worse, the children must often slog through raw sewage to go to the toilet, thus risking disease. The children need rubber boots to avoid further suffering.

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Help Children Who Escaped From ISIS

Education and Community Building for at-risk Youth

Helping to instill positive principals in Honduran children 

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Gracias a Dios is the furthermost eastern department in Honduras. The area is only accessible by boat and plane, and in recent years this poverty-stricken region has been overrun by drug trafficking operations. According to reports from the Department of State some 80-90% of cocaine bound for the US passes through Honduras, mainly through this department. As a result of the rampant drug trafficking, substance abuse, crime, and prostitution have become pervasive problems in the communities. Recent reports cite the proportional use of crack and cocaine among males aged 15-30 to be as high 50%, and the remoteness of the region makes it difficult for military or police to enforce rule of law. The lack of security force presence, extreme poverty, and a poor educational system all contribute to the vulnerabilities among youth that malign actors exploit.

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Education and Community Building for at-risk Youth

Improving Livelihood Opportunities Where Few Exist

A US Army team works with foreign officials to meet the needs of internally displaced Filipinos

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As early as 1970, seaweed, known locally as "agar-agar", was abundant in the Philippines, especially in the southern region of the archipelago. Collecting and selling seaweed became a source of livelihood among the people living in the coastal areas. Today, gathering has given way to farming the economically important plants. One group of refugees living in a transient camp in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), rely heavily on the farming as a source of income. Attacks by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) forced these refugees and thousands of others to flee their homes and jobs in search of safety.

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Improving Livelihood Opportunities Where Few Exist

Radio Free Syria

Support independent media as a force for peace

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Read about this project in The New York Times.

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Radio Free Syria

Countering Extremism through Opportunity

An Army team gives vulnerable Nigeriens a chance for a better life

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Niger, with its 17,000,000 people sandwiched between Nigeria, Libya, Mali, and Chad, is one of the poorest countries on the planet. Plagued by rampant desertification, high birth/mortality rates, a lack of economic opportunity, and threats from extremist groups like al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Boko Haram, and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, the UN ranked Niger last in its annual Human Development Index rankings.

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Countering Extremism through Opportunity

Helping Georgian Wounded Warriors

Help a US Army team provide better care for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

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Georgia, a former Soviet republic located on the crossroads of Europe and Asia, has been a staunch ally of the United States since the end of the Cold War. It contributed troops to the operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, with its contribution to the latter being the highest per-capita commitment of troops of any International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) member.

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Helping Georgian Wounded Warriors

Bookshelves for an Orphanage in Kenya

A US team helps its Kenyan counterparts learn how to support their community

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The US Army team based out of Nairobi is working with the Kenyan military to develop their civil affairs capabilities. This is a very important skill to develop, especially as the Kenyan armed forces are key contributors to international peace-building efforts in Somalia. Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with vulnerable communities – a key component of civil affairs work – is invaluable to improving stability in war-torn environments. Indeed, it is important even within Kenya, as this type of outreach develops positive ties between the government and marginalized groups at risk of violent extremist influence.

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Books in English for Vietnamese Children

Help a US Civil Affairs team give children better prospects for the future

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A Civil Affairs team from the 84th Civil Affairs Battalion is working with the US Embassy and an American expat in Vietnam to address the vulnerabilities youth are facing there. One of the greatest challenges that Vietnamese children struggle with is the ability to receive quality education, specifically with regard to reading and writing in English. English language skills are crucial to future employment, and a gap in those abilities significantly reduces opportunities, especially for disadvantaged youth.

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Books in English for Vietnamese Children

Playgrounds for Peace in Rural Colombia

Help US Army Civil Affairs teams help local youth build safe communities

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Colombia has been a long-time hub for narco-traffickers and extremist organizations. In rural communities throughout Colombia, US Army Civil Affairs teams have been partnering with Colombian security forces, local civic leaders, and a local non-governmental organization to support youth empowerment initiatives. Through its partnership with US Army Civil Affairs teams and the US Embassy, Colombia continues to make progress toward peace and reconciliation.

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Playgrounds for Peace in Rural Colombia

Unrestricted Fund

Provide fast, flexible support wherever the need is greatest

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Donations to our Unrestricted Fund allow us to use your donation wherever the need is greatest.

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