The books were handed over to some 400 students of the all-Muslim Manicahan Poblacion Elementary School in Zamboanga City during a turn-over program officiated by teachers under School Principal Juliet M. Besas last October 28, 2008.
Manicahan, a municipality located 24 kilometers east of the city proper, is believed to be the place where the Abu Sayyaf Group keeps kidnap victims. It is also the ASG’s jump-off point to its lair in nearby Sacol Island.
Mrs. Masabiha Jumaani, a Muslim teacher, said, “We’ve thought all along that our brethren in Metro Manila have forgotten us. These books have dispelled that wrong impression. Thank you for bridging the distance to tell us that our brothers and sisters in Metro Manila do care for Muslims in far Zamboanga.”
The couple appeals for donations of books, magazines and other reading materials, either second-hand or new—preferably with lots of pictures. “Please help us expose poor children in war-torn Mindanao to books in the hope that they grow up to be professionals and peacemakers.” They are also accepting donations of toys, clothing and school supplies.
Donations may be dropped off at the Satti Grill House outlets in SM Fairview Food Court or at the corner of M.H.del Pilar and Padre Faura.
Donors may contact the Nocums at tel. nos. 799-27-45, 339-3732, 0917-520-8013, or 0919-589-7879, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please log on at www.sattisfaction.blogspot.com.