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The Ateneo de Zamboanga University, responsive to the needs of the community, combines efforts and advocacy to help the Marawi Seige victims and those working for peace in Marawi.

As of present, monetary assistance and in-kind donations have been forwarded to Marawi through AdZU’s sister school Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro, with which AdZU is in partnership for the effort to help Marawi.

Shareen Hayudini, SACSI’s advocacy program officer says, "We have relief operations but at the same time, we have to inform the students on the history of the conflict, why this is happening, and who are the people involved.” The Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement Office is the office within the university that serves as the link between the school and the outside communities to complement theories learned in the classroom with the actual realities of life.

In recent events, the Ateneo BluBikers in partnership with the Philippine Air Force (PAF) 3rd Tactical Operations Wing held the “ZAM-AYUDA MARAWI: Bike for a Cause” on July 30, 2017. The Bike for a cause intends to raise funds to support the wounded soldiers of the Marawi Crisis. The event kicked off at 6:00am with a prayer led by Fr Salvador Wee SJ, adviser to the Ateneo BluBikers, followed by the route briefing by Rommel Cuaresma. Peace Advocacy Officer Ruth Guerrero gave the objectives and rationale of the activity. Ateneo faculty and staff, students, participants from PAF, and organizations like H2O, ZAFCO, Ipil Cycling Enthusiast (ICE) joined in the activity. The event also included a raffle event for the participants.

Meanwhile, the Grade School Unit, took time-out from their usual academic tasks to organize #ShoeboxesofLove, a love drive intended to bring joy to government forces deployed in Marawi City. MSG Abraham M Bejarin PN (M) received the #ShoeboxesofLove in behalf of the forces on the ground. In a brief statement, Bejarin expressed his utmost gratitude for the act of generosity and much-needed prayers from the Ateneo Grade School. He further states that this would boost the morale of every soldier on the ground, thus, motivating them to give their best in restoring peace in the conflict area. The shoeboxes will be housed by the First Marine Battalion Landing Team 11 and will be sent to the First Marine Brigade based in Iligan City who will distribute the shoeboxes to the government forces in the ground.

On the other hand, the College Admissions and Aid Office, spearheaded the #oplanmalasaKIT in partnership with the Senior High School. Around 500 Kits containing towels, socks, toiletries, and other personal items intended for the soldiers in Marawi were turned over to 1LT Gary Nebres and SSGT Erasquin CMO Officer. Conrado Balatbat, College Admissions and Aid Director expresses gratitude to the college and senior high school students, especially the scholars, for the support and enthusiasm "to give and not to count the cost."

In a separate campaign, the Ateneo Centennial Scholars (ACES), recognizing that the on-going crisis in Marawi creates wounds to children that are far deeper than the physical deterioration of the city, partners with the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA)- Marangal 2005 for the “PapaBear Project”—an initiative of collecting stuffed toys to share happiness and restore the smiles of the kids of Marawi. Drop boxes are located at the College Admissions and Aid Office and other areas inside the Salvador Campus in La Purisima.


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