Two explosions from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have rocked Sultan Kudarat Province, Mindanao, Philippines recently, claiming 4 lives and injuring 49.
As tragic as Maria’s is, stories like these are not uncommon here. Children in this region of Mindanao are traumatized by, trained in, and raised up in a culture of conflict.
Pioneering new projects in hard-to-reach places is at the heart of what we do. We are continually exploring new approaches to keeping children out of combat, and one of the most effective methods we’ve found is education.
As she looked out over the beautiful green trees and expansive soccer fields surrounding her, Elisa couldn't help but laugh. She grew up on this very property, but it hasn't always been the thriving ministry it is today. Back then, "it looked nothing like what it looks like now. We didn't even have doors!" she recalled.