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  • Young Filipina Bags Global Award for Advocacy Work in War-Torn Areas

    Read all about the story of 16-year-old Arizza Ann Sahi-Nocum, who won the YWPA international award for building libraries in different slum areas within the Philippines.
  • Chosen through her essay writings and advocacy work profile sent to Zonta International, Nocum earned the coveted award for her work in the non-profit organization Kris Peace Library which was put up by her Roman Catholic father  Armand (a former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer), and her Muslim mother Annora. The Nocums have started the advocacy in 2001.

     
    The organization aims to eradicate poverty and conflict through the education of the youth throughout the Philippines. It carries the belief that war is the product not only of religious extremism but also of poverty, lack of education, and hopelessness.  

     “I dedicate this award to our Christian and Muslim scholars and library users whose determination to pursue their dreams amid war, hunger and extreme poverty inspires me to work harder to improve myself and to pursue our advocacy work amid my busy school schedules,” said Nocum, who started giving speeches and distributing books in poor public schools in Mindanao when she was seven years old.

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