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.
May 9, 2013

We've Reached the Northernmost Philippine Island!

Batanes - the northernmost point of the country
Batanes - the northernmost point of the country

Last month, our books hitched a ride with a group of graduate students and professors of the University of the Philippines National Institute of Geological Sciences, who had embarked on a 3-week long mapping exercise of remote Batanes.

We can now say that our books have reached even the northernmost inhabited island of the Philippines - Itbayat, as well as Sabtang and the main island of Batan. 

In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to post pictures of book giving efforts. Because of the continuing success of this project, and the positive feedback that we have universally received both from the communities themselves, as well as the volunteers and organizations who have been helping us to distribute the books - we are now pursuing a dream, however difficult and improbable, of giving away one million books in the next five to ten years. 

We hope you will continue to support and join us in this pursuit, and we will be posting a new GlobalGiving project for this dream soon.

In the meantime, again from the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all of you for making it possible for us to continue getting our books into the hands of Filipino children in disadvantaged communities throughout the country!

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Feb 12, 2013

Thousands of books again being given away!

Book giving in Marilao, Bulacan
Book giving in Marilao, Bulacan

Working with various nonprofits, organizations, churches and individuals, we gave away nearly 6,500 books over the last two months. And there still are over 3,500 books that are going to be handed out.

Perhaps the response to and impact of this initiative is best captured by this email from one of our partners. We would like to share it with you mainly because their gratitude (and ours) should rightfully extend to all of you for your continued generosity and support, without which none of this would have happened.

 

Hi Gigo, 

I hope you're doing well.

I am happy to inform you that we have delivered your gifts to our 274 students across six learning centers in the Philippines. Our learning centers are located in the following areas:
1. Brgy. Macabud, Montalban, Rizal;
2. Sitio Udiongan, Brgy. Mountain View, Mariveles, Bataan;
3. Brgy. Poro, San Fernando, La Union;
4. Brgy. Canaoay, San Fernando, La Union;
5. Brgy. Pio, Porac, Pampanga;
6. Marahan West, Marilog District, Davao (indigenous community)

For most of the kids, "Message in the Sand" will be a first in their personal collection. 
I am hopeful that this will continue on to a lifetime habit of reading. 
Thank you very much for your support, and more power to CANVAS!

Jason Gavina
Operations Officer
Academe Foundation
Unit 18 La Isla Cond., Ruby cor Opal Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City

 

We are so encouraged by this, and other messages that we have received, that we are hoping to scale the project and are dreaming even of eventually giving away one million books! Join us in the pursuit of this dream (see it here: http://youtu.be/lcTnSi_bbVc).

In the meantime, we will continue to keep you posted in upcoming reports. 

Again, our heartfelt thanks and warmest regards.

Bookgiving in San Pablo Public Elementary School
Bookgiving in San Pablo Public Elementary School
Happiness
Happiness
Learning to read and to love books
Learning to read and to love books
Bookgiving at a YMCA in Makati City
Bookgiving at a YMCA in Makati City
National Artist Bencab bookgiving in Baguio
National Artist Bencab bookgiving in Baguio

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Nov 19, 2012

It's Time to Start Giving Away Our Books!

The books we
The books we're giving away...

Just a quick note to report that we now have more than 10,000 books in our hands. The challenge, and privilege, now is to get them into the hands of disadvantaged children throughout the country.

We've started calling out to nonprofits and individuals who work directly in poor communities and public schools to help us out with the distribution. So far, we've committed 3,000 books to various partners all over the Philippines, and do hope to hand all the books out in the next few weeks, just in time for Christmas!

We'll definitely have pictures of the children with the books in our next report. But this is just to thank you all for your support and generosity... Please continue telling your friends about the project. :-)

Thank you!

Changing the world with children
Changing the world with children's books...
10,000 books, ready to be given away!
10,000 books, ready to be given away!

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