Arizza Ann Nocum

Country representing

Philippines

Languages

Tagalog
English

Education

  • University of the Philippines - Diliman
  • Undergraduate Student (Majoring in Industrial Engineering)

Current organisation

KRIS Library

Current role

Overall Head

Skills and Expertise

Education
Engineering
Project management
Public relations
Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Business
Education
Interfaith Dialogue
Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

To pursue my passion for peace and education, I have been the Overall Head of a non-profit organization called KRIS Library since 2011. KRIS Library is short for Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (or Christian-Muslim Peace Library). KRIS Library provides opportunities for young people in the Philippines to promote peace and to access education. We have now built 6 libraries in poor and conflicted areas in the Philippines. The communities we serve include slum areas, suspected terrorist camps and mixed cultural communities. Each library provides books, computers and educational resources that are not usually found in these areas. Each library has, over the years, become a hub where Muslim and Christian children come to read together, learn together, study together and make lasting friendships. Each library hosts numerous activities for the children. These activities are facilitated by volunteers who have come prominently from Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and other Asian countries. We have also had volunteers from Europe and Africa. Through this volunteer program, we aim to expose our kids to more cultures to encourage in them the openness that is necessary for peace. Aside from our libraries, we have also started a Scholarship Program for the underprivileged children we serve. We have provided nearly 400 scholarship grants in the past 4 years. Just this year, seven students from our first batch of scholars graduated from their respective universities through our program. Moreover, we have also sent at least 50,000 books over the years to public schools in remote communities - especially in far-flung islands of the Philippines. Our books come from generous donors from the Philippines and the world. Though I have principally lead KRIS Library, these accomplishments would not be possible without the lasting support of many volunteers, donors, partners and friends. For more information, please visit www.krislibrary.com.