Please join and support us at the Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (Kris) as we gather up books, school supplies, old computers and even secure financial help for some 10,000 families in Barangay San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal and who are under the care of the Claret Urban Poor Apostolate (CUPA) of the Claretian Missionary Order.
The missionary order was founded by Spanish Saint Anthony Mary Claret. The Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart are better known here for opening up Christian missions in remote and dangerous areas in the country; the publication of religious and socio-political books; and the establishment of Claret Schools in Quezon City, Zamboanga City and Basilan.
As former Claretian student and seminarian, I have teamed up with my colleagues at the Kapatiran Claretian Inc. (KCI) – an organization of former Claretian priests and seminarians under Bro. Roel Rodriguez – to give books and hopefully form the beginnings of what will soon be full-scale libraries at two Claret Mission Centers in the towns of Rodriguez and Tungawan in Rizal and Zamboanga del Sur, respectively.
Apart from Ondoy victims, the Rizal resettlement area is home to families affected by fires and the demolition of informal settlers communities in Guadalupe-Laperal Compound in Makati, North Triangle, Botanical Garden, New Manila, Agham Road in Quezon City; and San Juan, Pasig, Navotas, Taguig and other places in Metro Manila.
In Tungawan, Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, the Kris-KCI tie-up will seek to fill up the library of the Claret Mission Center under Claretian priest Fr. Larry Lorenzo so kids there will no longer have to walk hours over a combination of muddy, stony mountain terrain; and or swim through flood-prone rivers to reach the town’s public library. Book delivery date is tentatively set end of July.
Claretian or not, I hope you will join us in our quest to help thousands of kids recover from the trauma of deaths, floods, fires and violent demolition to help kids fill up their minds with positive things in life through books, computers and basic school supplies.
The country’s deadliest storm, Ondoy (international codename: Ketsana) killed close to 300 people, affected close to two million people in Luzon, forced about 600 people to seek refuge in 571 evacuation centers; and damaged about P5 billion in properties
In Zamboanga City, you may bring the books to my brother Joey Nocum’s Used Car Display Center (UCDC) at Nunez Extension Road, Zamboanga City.
Thank you and good day to all!