While the fighting still rages north of our location, the Impl. Project team is engaging with a community that fought off ISIS attackers just two days ago.
These communities have borne the brunt of the effects of ISIS fighting, but received very little aid: 95% of internally displaced persons are not in evacuation shelters, instead living with relatives around Lake Lanao.
Security and livelihoods are the biggest community grievances:
“The Siege has dragged on too long.”
“We just want peace. We want to return to our homes.”
“We are too proud to admit we need help, but we cannot go on like this much longer.”
These are common refrains from the communities we are currently data mapping.
With the help of the expat Filipino community in DC and many of you, we have been able to raise enough money for initial maternal health and potable water programs. Please consider making a tax deductible donation so that we can continue to support these communities in their efforts to resist ISIS and rebuild their lives.