The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS)

CANVAS promotes greater awareness and appreciation for Philippine art, culture and the environment. CANVAS also explores the use of art to promote reflection, discussion and debate on selected social issues, particularly national identity, free expression and sustainable development.
Dec 15, 2014

Books All Over the Country

At a daycare in the province of Bulacan.
At a daycare in the province of Bulacan.

To date, we've given away more than 70,000 books to children in all corners of the Philippines. 70,000! When we started less than 3 years ago, we only had a modest goal of 3,000 books, but because of your help and generosity, has turned into a dream of giving away one million books in the next five to ten years.

We're still a long way away from that target, but your continued support is helping to keep us moving forward in very high spirits.

Lots of people and organizations are continuing to help us to actually get the books into the hands of children all over the Philippines. To close out this year, we thought we'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. 

From the bottom of our heart, and on behalf of all the children that you are giving joy to, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Happy Holidays from all of us at CANVAS!

Bookgiving in Batanes
Bookgiving in Batanes
Bookgiving in Pila, Laguna.
Bookgiving in Pila, Laguna.
Bookgiving in Sorsogon Province.
Bookgiving in Sorsogon Province.
Bookgiving in Ipo Watershed
Bookgiving in Ipo Watershed
A young reader in Mt. Pulag.
A young reader in Mt. Pulag.

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Sep 22, 2014

A beautiful day

Four Miss Philippines winners giving out books
Four Miss Philippines winners giving out books

Binibining Pilipinas (literally Miss Philippines), is a Filipino beauty pageant that has been responsible for selecting the representatives of the Philippines for Miss Universe, Miss International, and other global pageants. It is organized by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, a non-stock, non-profit foundation, which, apart from finding the country's best beauties as representatives for various international competitions, is a key partner in nation-building for over four decades, providing skills training, educational workshops, mission work, and other relevant services for marginalized sectors of the country. 

Last month, CANVAS was joined by Binibining Pilipinas ladies to hand out more of our books - books made possible with your continuing and generous support! - to children in the urban poor community of Payatas, in Quezon City. 

We hooked up with Fairplay For All Foundation (FFA), an organization based in Payatas which conducts soccer trainings for children in the community. Over the past few years, FFA has organized a football team known as Payatas FC which has been very successful, especially in demonstrating what the people in the area can achieve when given the opportunity. Several players have been invited to join professional football academies and even the various age levels of National teams, while winning more than 20 trophies during the period.

The pictures speak for themselves. It was a beautiful way to spend the day, surrounded by beautiful kids, beautiful books, and beautiful ladies. :-)

THANK YOU!!!

Books for Payatas kids
Books for Payatas kids
Soccer training by Fair Play for All Foundation
Soccer training by Fair Play for All Foundation
Beautiful kids deserve beautiful books.
Beautiful kids deserve beautiful books.
Selfies!
Selfies!
Reading and sharing books
Reading and sharing books
Jul 25, 2014

More books for more kids!!!

Books to Bagong Silang Public School
Books to Bagong Silang Public School

Senyas Kamay Pilipinas is a nonprofit organization that supports various schools and individuals with special needs. Its projects focus on family and individual empowerment, skill acquisition and enhancement in arts and music, and supporting basic school needs.  

Senyas Kamay Pilipinas recently held its annual school supplies distribution project, “Tulong-Aral Para Sa Mga Natatanging Mag-aaral” (Help for Studies for Special Children), last June 13, 2014. About 650 differently-abled students coming from various public schools: San Jose Elementary School and Kasiglahan  Village Elementary School in Rodriguez, Rizal; Bagong  Silangan Elementary School and Commonwealth  Elementary School in Quezon City;  Bagong  Silang  Elementary School, Bagong Silang High School and Kalayaan National High School,  were  provided  with  basic  school  materials  such  as  notebooks,  pad papers, pencils, pens, eraser, ruler, sharpener and crayons.

Senyas Kamay reached out to CANVAS, and for the first time included our story books as part of the gifts to the children. One storybook was handed out to each student along with a bag of school supplies which guaranteed smiles and invited delightful curiosity among the students, and much gratitude from the teachers and school administrators.

 

We will continue to work with organizations directly involved with public schools and poor communities in order to bring the books into the hands of children all over the Philippines.

Again, we wish to recognize and thank you for your continued support to this worthy cause. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – this could not be possible without you.

Thank you!!!

Books for differently-abled children and students
Books for differently-abled children and students
Books for Bagong Silangan Elementary School
Books for Bagong Silangan Elementary School
All in all, kids in 7 public schools benefitted!
All in all, kids in 7 public schools benefitted!

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