Asia Pacific – Helping Marawi Evacuees Rebuild their Community

On March 6, Xavier University, the Jesuit university in Cagayan de Oro, the local government of Marawi and the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines held the groundbreaking ceremony for Angat Buhay Village, a resettlement area for families who fled for their lives during the battle between terrorist groups and government forces in Marawi city in Mindanao, Philippines. The transitory shelters should be durable enough to last for five years. “Angat Buhay” literally translates to an uplifted or better life. “It is wonderful that so many partners from the public and private sectors are involved in this project,” said Xavier University President Fr Roberto Yap SJ. “With the bayanihan of so many partners, we hope to have most houses ready for occupancy by June 12, 2018.” Read more…