US gov't assists IDPs, donates 2 million books for school children in Mindanao
ICC Cotabato City (27 November) -- About two million books donated by the United States government are now being readied for distribution to the different schools and other learning institutions in Mindanao.
US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristy Kenny said that the program which has a total funding of USD480 million will be implemented under the Education, Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills Program until 2011.
To date, more than 250,000 books has already distributed to the school children in the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi said Ambassador Kenny.
Kenny arrived here last week to see for her self the situation of internally displaced persons at the evacuation centers in Datu Odin Sinsuat town.
During the visit, Ambassador Kenny also announced that the US Government is providing $2.5 million in assistance to individuals and families displaced by tragic outbreak of violent conflict in Mindanao.
It includes 1,480 metric tons of US rice, valued at approximately $2 million, for free distribution by the United Nations World Food Programmed, as well as water, health, and sanitation support by NGO partners.
"My thoughts are with those who have been displaced by fighting, people whose lives have been lost and disrupted," said Kenny. "Working together, we can help Mindanao move toward peace and prosperity, so citizens of Mindanao-especially the children-may have the future they deserve," she added. (CLC/PIA Cotabato City) [top]