The Commissions on Missions and Justice, Peace and Care of Creation recently launched a project to send help for children of Marawi who are displaced by the ongoing war between the government forces and the Maute group. In support of Black Pencil Project’s “Send Hugs to Children of Marawi” campaign, members of the Dominican Family in the Philippines are enjoined to donate new or pre-loved stuffed toys and school supplies.  Black Pencil Project (BPP) is a civilian volunteer organization that promotes and supports the education of children in remote and indigenous communities in the Philippines.  BPP has been a partner of our mission stations in Babuyan Islands, in General Santos City and Davao.

In the past, BPP has launched a campaign called 1000 Bearhugs. They have spearheaded the collection and distribution of stuffed toys to children affected by natural and man-made disasters like Typhoons Sendong, Yolanda and Pablo and the siege in Zamboanga. To children, stuffed toys like bears are more than just toys. They are imaginary friends who are effective comfort givers in times of extreme stress and fear; helping them heal from trauma or tragedy.

Last June 22, 2017, Br. Oscar NovemEnjaynes, OP, superior of St. Antoninus House  in Davao City, transported the first batch of school supplies and stuffed toys from BahayDominiko to Davao City. He will be joining a group of volunteers organized by Silsilah Forum of Davao to bring the supplies to children in the evacuation centers in Iligan City.

“Send Hugs To Children of Marawi” is still on-going. Donations of school supplies and stuffed toys maybe brought to the Information Center of Sto. Domingo Convent. For inquiries, please contact 743-7762 or 63.

By Br. Jose Martin L. Sibug, OP

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