ISIS-INSPIRED WAR IN MARAWI: ENGAGING SCHOOL HUNGER AND BUILDING FRIENDSHIP AND PEACE IN MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
Bienvenido F. Nebres is a Filipino scientist, mathematician, and Jesuit who was the longest-serving university president of the Ateneo de Manila University. Together with Synergeia Foundation and Gawad Kalinga Foundation, Fr. Nebres has been working with schools and communities in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) since 2004. This work gives a perspective on the challenges and possibilities for understanding and peace in Mindanao from the ground -- a different perspective from peace panels and usual national discourse. In the aftermath of the Marawi war, Gawad Kalinga has committed to provide a meal a day for all the children in the Marawi elementary schools for the coming year - at present 5,000 but up to 20,000 as families return from evacuation centers. This school feeding program provides a platform for groups to engage the children and the community in sports, art, trauma counseling. It is a platform for understanding, friendship and peace.
Reception will follow presentation at 5pm.
Tuesday, February 13 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Healey Family Student Center, Herman Room
3700 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20057