Pay it forward to attain peace PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 00:00

The Philippines is a country that is still moving forward. But to get there, we need nation-builders. We need doctors, scientists, engineers, and teachers. We need education. This is the advocacy of Krislam Peace Library in Manicahan, Zamboanga City that I am encouraging Pep Talk readers to support.

KRIS Library is an award-winning non-profit organization that is trying to do just that. In the past two years, it has helped 132 of the poorest Filipino students get an education from preschool to elementary to high school to college nationwide.

Their scholars are the children of farmers, fishermen, tricycle drivers, single mothers, most of whom had never reached college. They hail from rural towns in Zamboanga City to urban slum areas in Metro Manila. They are often one out of 5-7 siblings. They come from families who survive with less than P100 a day. They live a day-to-day existence in search for food, better shelter, better health, and hope.

Despite that, they persevere. Some walk long kilometers, even swim, just to go to school. Some are determined to finish their schooling even though their own parents are asking them to work instead. And many of them are at the top of their class. All of them are clinging to hope.

But, now, we have the opportunity to give them that hope. That's because education can change the game for poor Filipino kids. That's because education is their chance to rise up from poverty.

Anything we can give to contribute is a priceless amount of hope for these kids and KRIS Library. There is no minimum amount. Anything that we can find it in your heart to donate can save the future of Kris scholars. 

And if their futures are a little better, then ours will be better too. As Filipinos, we pull one another upwards. As global citizens, we move the world together. Go to how we can support.
Pictures here are the present college scholars of Kris Library – Joan, Klain, and Charmine.  As they continue to study to attain their dreams in life, they conduct regular reading session around farming communities in Zamboanga City.

“If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” Proverbs 21:13