Smart Communications Inc. and the Lapis for Peace Foundation have joined forces to extend relief to those affected by the military standoff in Zamboanga City, particularly the students.
“Partnerships with organizations like Lapis for Peace help us reach target markets, particularly the children that were adversely affected by the armed conflict in Zamboanga,” said Darwin Flores, head of Smart Community Partnerships.
Apart from the school supplies that were sent via Lapis for Peace, Smart and other companies of the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) and PLDT Group also made available Libreng Tawag services and distributed relief packs through Tulong Kapatid Foundation.
“The notebooks, ballers and ID laces will be welcome additions to the art therapy kits that will be distributed to evacuation centers around the city. This is part of the Paghilom Art Therapy, a program that aims to help deal with trauma through psychosocial intervention,” said Trixie Palami of Lapis for Peace.
The Paghilom Art Therapy is a project of Lapis in partnership with Project Banig, another NGO.
To date, around 2,564 children aged 2 to 18 years old in five evacuation centers namely, Boalan Elementary School, Divisoria High School, Zambowood Elementary School, Pasabolong Elementary School, and Lumbangan Brgy Hall, have enjoyed the art sessions conducted through Paghilom.
Lapis for Peace is a social action initiative working for the right of the child to learn, play and enjoy their childhood. They are supported by the apl.de.ap foundation, as well as several artists and volunteer groups.
Smart has also offered Libreng Tawag stations and distributed food packs in the evacuation centers where thousands of Zamboangeños that were displaced by the armed conflict trooped to for safety.