Medakel a salamat!
Thanks to everyone who did their best to protect and uplift the lives of children affected by armed conflict in Marawi City.
We at Save the Children are so grateful and proud to have such passionate donors, supporters, partners, and volunteers.
Together, we made sure that Marawi’s children continue to live and learn, free of worry and fear.
Thank you for helping us provide education, hygiene, and psychosocial support for displaced children and teachers.
As Marawi begins to get back on its feet, we’ll ensure that no child is left behind. We cannot stop now, there’s a lot yet to be done.
Together, we'll continue empowering Marawi’s children. We hope you continue to join us on this mission. (WATCH: 'What I miss the most,' as drawn by Marawi's children)
Peace and hope
On October 23, 2017, the Philippine government declared that the 5-month-long fighting in Marawi City is officially over.
“The end of fighting is positive development for the children of Marawi,” said Ned Olney, Save the Children Philippines Country Director.
“However, there is still uncertainty for displaced families. The next challenge is on how they can safely return home and rebuild their communities,” Olney continued.
“The damage to schools and homes may take years to repair,” Olney added. “Therefore, Marawi’s children still need our support to ensure their safety and prompt return to school.”
Clashes between government forces and a local armed group first erupted in Marawi City on May 23, 2017. This forced thousands of residents to flee, some of them even escaped by foot as not everyone owned vehicles.
As a result, children were forced to leave their schools. Some transferred to host schools outside Marawi, but not everyone were able to step back inside the classroom. (WATCH: A girl called 'bakwit')
Meanwhile, parents left their livelihoods and properties, not knowing whether these would be still be intact upon their return.
Several families left in such a rush and weren’t able to carry much with them – not even clothes. Hence, displaced students have been lacking in uniforms and basic supplies. (WATCH: A class president's dream for Marawi's children)
The displaced families are either living with relatives outside of Marawi or in evacuation centers, which were mostly overcrowded. (WATCH: This mother won't let conflict tear families apart)
Now that the armed conflict is officially over, thousands of children are to start reclaiming peace and normalcy in their childhoods.
Let’s ensure that children do not stumble as Marawi begins to rise again.
Together, let’s save the children. Donate today, save lives.