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US govt launches rehab campaign for Mindanao

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The US Embassy is introducing a P18.5-million #ForMindanao campaign to promote projects in the said region, particularly Marawi, the embattled city that witnessed the five-month war between government troops and Maute extremists.

“These projects will address educational enrichment, economic development, and the psycho-social effects of conflict, among other pressing needs in the region,” the embassy said in a statement on February 1.

The campaign is expected to benefit 13, 500 people, targeting mostly those out-of-school youth, university students, madrasa students, and women in Mindanao.

“Within hours of the outbreak of fighting in Marawi, U.S. exchange alumni were on the frontlines of the humanitarian response. Individual exchange alumni and U.S. exchange alumni chapters throughout the country contributed nearly P2.2 million in food, hygiene kits and clothing that assisted more than 20,000 people impacted by the crisis,” the embassy said.

“U.S. exchange alumni from universities around the country launched the #MealsforMarawi campaign, raising P85,000 to conduct Ramadan iftars that fed more than 3,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), while the U.S. alumni chapter in Davao, in partnership with the Rotary Club, delivered food, clothing, and basic medicine to nursing mothers in IDP camps,” the embassy added.

The #ForMindanao campaign will also provide opportunities for public schools and madrasa teachers, as well as women’s cooperative leaders, who partook in US-government training programs, to apply for fifteen P100, 000 grants to help their respective schools and communities.

Under this campaign, four alumni-led project worth P1 million each will also be given support.

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