After a five-month battle between government forces and ISIS-inspired terrorists in Marawi, the United States Embassy has initiated an P18.5 million #ForMindanao campaign to help people in the region.
The campaign, led by Philippine alumni of US government-sponsored exchanges, will benefit 13,500 people, including out-of-school youth, students, women, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mindanao.
According to the embassy, humanitarian response began hours after the outbreak of fighting. Individual exchange alumni and US exchange alumni chapters raised P2.2 million in food, hygiene kits, and clothing, which benefited 20,000 people.
US exchange alumni from universities also raised P85,000 for the #MealsforMarawi campaign, which conducted Ramadan iftars that fed more than IDPs. The US alumni chapter in Davao collaborated with the Rotary Club to deliver food, clothing, and basic medicine to nursing mothers in IDP camps.
Soon, teachers and women’s cooperative leaders who joined US government training programs can apply for 15 P100,000 grants to help schools and communities. The embassy will also launch four alumni-led projects of P1 million each.
The support of the US embassy is part of its promise to donate P1 billion for recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi through the US Agency for International Development (USAID).