Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Campaign to Uplift Sulu’s Education and Livelihood Launched



Last November 6, 2013 , One with Sulu launched a campaign that will bring Sulu to it’s peak by uplifting the state of education and livelihood programs, This project is one that will uplift their lives despite the last conflicts that they have gone through their city in Mindanao and  in line is  an exhibit and a documentary screening at Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center Makati City that will run until the 10th of November, 2013..

One with Sulu was borne out of the partnership between Klasrums ng Pag-Asa with the Philippine Marine Corps and the Tausug Community, supported by private sector volunteers and likeminded non-profit organizations and movements such as Ayala Foundation, Ayala Malls, lobe Telecom, Fisherarms, Feedmix, Foster Foods Inc,, Fungames, Juan Portrait, La Filipina, Matawkasi, Mindanao Grains Processing Co. Inc., Nautilus Divers, Philippine Marine Corps, PowerMac Center, Premier Cement, Pride Laundry Detergent, Sultanate of Patikul, Sulu Photograpeace, TEN MovesTibukk Lupah Sug  Network and WeLovePost.

The images used for the One with Sulu exhibit and documentary were the result of a series of trips by volunteers in 2013, as new classrooms were built for the children of Hadji Hassiman Elementary School and Tuup Elementary School in Patukul. Previously these communities saw classrooms razed by fire or falling into disrepair as a result of the conflict. Since the start of 2013 , some 20 classrooms were built in various communities in Jolo and Patikul to benefit thousands of Tausug children.

“One with Sulu is a unified effort to ensure quality education for the children of Sulu. The goal is to build 20 more classrooms.” shares TEN Moves volunteer and Klasrums ng Pag-asa founder Atty. Angelo Valencia. “We are bringing  the Southern shores to the corporate jungles to bring the stories of our Tausug brothers and sisters to a larger public and hopefully get them involved in bringing out genuine peace and development in an area that has seen much conflict.”


Meanwhile, as part of it initiatives for One with Sulu, Ayala Foundation is implementing Text2Teach and a sustainable livelihood program.

“Text2Teach  provides multimedia educational materials in English, Math, Science and Values Education through mobile technology,” explains Luli Heras-De Leon, President of Ayala Foundation. “We are also launching a crowd funding campaign for sustainable livelihood initiatives in the area. This will run in for 45 days and aims to raise at least Php200,000.00..

Henceforth , Globe’s support to the Text2Teach project covers the counterpart funding for 10 schools in Patikul . As a member of the Text2Teach Alliance, Globe is hosting the project’s server and is providing subsidy to download video clips for a one-year period..



“Through One with Sulu, we can know the Tausug people better and have a deeper appreciation of the richness of the Tausug culture.” explains Mercia Salarda Alli of Matawkasi “ We also hope to change the public’s perception about Sulu, that we ourselves also do not want conflict.. We are also sharing the local initiatives that we’re doing to help Sulu and that we also dream of a brighter fulture for our children.”

The One with Sulu exhibit will run from November 6 to 10 at the Greenbelt 3 lobby. There will be regular documentary screenings, as  well as musical performances and art and storytelling activities for the kids.

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