Nassa/Caritas Manila asks for in-kind donation to displaced Marawi children

MANILA-- The social action arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has urged the faithful for in-kind donations to about 3,000 children affected by the on going armed conflict in Marawi City.

In a statement, the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines believed that donations such as used toys, educational materilas will help ease the effects of the current crisis on the youth in the southern part of the country.

"Donate your new/pre-loved toys and other educational materials. We are targeting to give toys to at least 3,000 children who evacuated in Iligan City," the group said.

It added, "Let us bring back the happiness and provide comfort to children, who are still recovering from the trauma brought by the ongoing crisis in Marawi and other disasters."

NASSA/Caritas Philippines noted that the provision of toys would form part of the psycho-social interventions of the rapid response appeal they recently launched with the Diocese of Iligan.

The Church-based organization has been providing relief assistance to the people of Marawi City days after the crisis between government troops and Maute group started on May 23.

It also asked the help of 85 dioceses in the country for their generosity to aid families in Marawi City affected by the conflict.

The crisis has pushed President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.

Source: Philippines News Agency