The Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (KRIS Library), with its motto, "Changing the game for poor Filipinos through education," was founded by Armand Dean Nocum and his family in March 2013.
Nocum, an award-winning journalist from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, wanted to help his hometown of Zamboanga through youth education. Since 2001, Nocum has called for book donations and distributed them to public schools in the rural areas of Zamboanga. Fast-forward to 2008, the first KRIS Library was set up in Manicahan, Zamboanga. The organization was set up to answer the need for an effective book program for the children. Today, this first branch has around 10,000 books, free-use computers, tutorial and mentoring activities, and around 100 visitors a day.
Following this success, five more libraries were put up in 2011 and 2012 by Nocum's daughter, Arizza. These branches are located in Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Davao City, Rizal and Metro Manila.
KRIS Library is a non-profit, non-government organization that aims to provide libraries, free-use computers, scholarships, learning programs, and other necessities children in poor, conflicted communities will need in order to get a good education and be game-changers not only for themselves but also for others. The founders of KRIS Library believe in using education as a weapon against poverty and conflict, as evidenced by the organization’s beginnings in war-torn Mindanao.
KRIS Library also organizes enrichment activities such as story-telling, crafts, games, and presentations. These activities aim to teach the children about the value of knowledge and education, service, respect and unity amidst the diversity of religions and cultures, and to encourage their creativity and spirit of innovation.
KRIS Library has already solicited 50,000 books, empowered 101 scholars, and have around 200 children at their 6 libraries each day. Some of these donations go to government offices, public schools, slum families, and other book-giving projects such as GMA News TV's Aklat Para sa Lahat. Right now, KRIS Library is looking for more computer donations for their beneficiaries. The website also gives updates on the beneficiaries of their scholarship program and features their outstanding scholars.
The organization and its management have also received awards for its efforts. These include the Smart Tipid-Sulit Idol Award for Armand Nocum, the Zonta International's Young Women for Public Affairs Award for Arizza Nocum, recognition from the National Library of the Phlippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for Ms. Nocum, partnerships with KIDS Foundation, Quota International, Kapatirang Claretiano, Inc. among others.
DONATE AND COLLABORATE
Other organizations can partner up with KRIS Library for enrichment activities, which are held monthly or twice a month. The also organization requests that fairly new and relevant reference be donated to the children instead of outdated books that may no longer contain relevant information. Individuals and organizations interested in working with KRIS Library may contact them through the following information.
Facebook Page: KRIS Library