Ateneo to launch ADZU RAP PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 September 2014 12:48

Since its foundation, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University has been involved in social development efforts as leader partner to various organizations who share the vision of transforming communities. Recently, it has been active in organizing disaster-response activities that involve organizing networks of donors and delivering relief goods to disaster-stricken communities.

The Ateneo provides assistance during calamities mainly through relief operations. In recent past, this was exemplified during the 2007 Camino Nuevo fire incident when the university opened its doors to the fire victims and served as their home for a period of time. The collection and distribution of relief goods to victims of man-made and natural disasters in the Zamboanga Peninsula area, the conduct of research to help solve social inequities, and the training programs that provide community members with opportunities for growth are but other manifestations of this commitment to be of service to society.

On the fateful day of September 9, 2013, when Zamboanga City was in a state of siege that displaced thousands of Zamboangueños, Ateneo rose to the challenge by organizing relief efforts, psycho-social interventions, medical services, volunteer networks, and administrative assistance to the city government. The low pressure area that brought rain and caused flooding only added to the suffering of the displaced and the challenge for responders to remain committed to service. It has been a year yet many are still displaced. The university, along with its partners, continues to help contribute to the goal of building back the city.

Looking to the future, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University desires to help deliver long-term interventions that will bring sustainable transformation to the communities of the crisis survivors. In connection to this, the university is launching the Ateneo Recovery and Assistance Program (ADZU RAP) on September 8, 2014 (Monday) at 9:00 in the morning at the Jose Maria Rosauro Building, Salvador Campus.

The ADZU RAP seeks to be a concerted effort among the academic units, social development council, student body, and other potential CSO partners to provide a holistic intervention to identified communities in transitory sites. This requires research to allow the ADZU RAP core team to attain a deeper understanding of the nature and needs of the community so that appropriate responses may be strategized.

During the program, the Ateneo community will remember the experience of the siege but focus more on the efforts at healing from the pain caused by the violence. More importantly, ADZU will officially launch the program that will assist the survivors into moving forward towards the sustainable transformation of Zamboanga City.

The university has also lined up a series of activities for the whole month of September following the theme: Pag-alala. Paghilom. Pagbangon.