By Leslie Ann Aquino
The social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines is appealing for toys and educational materials for the children affected by the Marawi crisis.
Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace, expressed hope that the initiative will help children recover from the trauma they experienced in Marawi.
“Let us bring back the happiness and provide comfort to children, who are still recovering from the trauma brought by the on-going crisis in Marawi and other disasters,” he said.
“Donate your new/preloved toys and other educational materials,” added Gariguez.
He said donated items will be given to at least 3,000 children who evacuated in Iligan City.
The provision of toys will form part of the psycho-social interventions of the rapid response appeal recently launched by NASSA/Caritas Philippines with the Diocese of Iligan.
Donors may drop off their donations at the NASSA office in Intramuros, Manila.
Thousands of Marawi residents were displaced by the firefight between government security forces and the Maute terrorist group.
Some of the residents fled to Iligan and are now staying in different evacuation centers in the diocese.
Earlier, CBCP-NASSA allocated P10-million for the humanitarian response to the families affected by the Marawi crisis.
The National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) said the response will cover the essential needs of 3,000 families or 15,000 individuals in Iligan City where some Marawi residents fled following the Maute attack.
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