NOORUSALAAM, Inc. comforts, educates Lanao mothers on extremism

The Noorusalaam, Inc. Lanao - Marawi Chapter is helping Maranao mothers who were victims of the concluded Marawi crisis and whose families have to cope with the surge of extremism in Lanao provinces during a series of training-seminars it facilitated this November, 2017.

In its Reach Out to Mothers Project entitled "Inaakun Sindawakun" (My mother, My light) Noorusalaam engages Lanao mothers in a two-tract activity consisting of a series of One - Day Seminar on Mothers Counselling and follow-ups Individual Counselling and Debriefing of Mothers With Children Affected by Violent Extremism (VE).

Under the first tract, Noorusalaam was able to serve about 130 Maranao mothers with Islamic awareness-raising on preventing religious extremism and coping with life trials during its conduct of Seminar Workshop on Mothers counselling. The first two sessions were held last November 5 in Iligan City with 50 participant-mothers and at MSU Marawi City on November 13 with 70 participant- mothers respectively.

Quoting from Mrs. Amera M. Macabero, Noorusalaam, Inc, Lanao-Marawi Chapter President, the project is designed to capacitate mothers in dealing with the proliferation of radicalism and terrorism affecting their children. In particular, it aims to provide and raise awareness among mothers about the advent of extremism, deal with children's vulnerability and prevent them from being recruited thereto, as well as identify possible roles of mothers in the preventing the same in the family and the community.

Recalling that Marawi City was under military siege for about five months when combined forces of Abu Sayyaf Group led by Isnilon Hapilon, the alleged Emir of South East Asia and ISIS-inspired Maute Group led by Omar Maute, and his brother Abdullah Maute occupied the town on May 23. Some 200, 000 Marawi residents were displaced by the crisis.

As to the second tract, Macabero is further quoted that the activity has been coined to help these mothers cope with the pain caused by the Marawi crisis and lessen its psychological defriment upon them. Specifically, it aims to develop capacity and foster mutual counselling and debriefing skills among mothers, help restore their ability to respond to related stressful situation and provide mother emotional support. 

Under this tract, Noorusalaam aims to reach out to individual mothers in the municipalities of Marantao, Wato, Saguiaran, Piagapo in Lanao Sur and Balo-i in Lanao Norte.

Noorusalaam, Inc. is an organisation of Muslim mothers with national membership. 

It's first conduct of training seminar series on mothers counselling was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government through The Asia Foundation (TAF).