In 2001, Armand Dean N. Nocum—an award-winning journalist from the Philippine Daily Inquirer—sought to help his hometown of Zamboanga by pushing forward his own solution: youth education. Nocum reasoned out that, primarily, peace could only be achieved by understanding and that understanding could only be achieved by education. Secondarily, a promotion of youth education will boost morale, give hope, and unlock opportunities to alleviate the status of many.
Starting that year, boxes of books were given out to public schools in hard-to-reach rural areas of Zamboanga (a province in Mindanao). Donations from UniLab, Shell Philippines, and Senator Loren Legarda fuelled the book projects with participating Zamboanga public schools.
In 2008, Nocum and his family set up the first Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library in Manicahan, Zamboanga. This came after the realization that books must come with an effective book program that will promote literacy and learning for the children. The idea of building a buzzing hive for learning in the community was also put into play. KRIS Library Manicahan now boasts of around 10,000 selections of books, a set of computers free of use, established tutorial and mentoring activities, and an average of 100 visitors per day.
Five more KRIS Libraries were put up in 2011 and 2012 (details are discussed under projects) under the Administration of Nocum's daughter, Arizza Ann S. Nocum.
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