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.
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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Sep 4, 2012

More New Books Coming Out, Thanks To You All!

"Message in the Sand" Cover
"Message in the Sand" Cover

We're going to press shortly with a new book for children in public schools and hospitals shortly. 

"Message in the Sand" is a story of a young boy's efforts to save the sea. Simple and easy to read, it was written for CANVAS by international bestseller Charmaine Aserrapa, and illustrated by Filipino artist Roel Obemio.

Attached are files of the book - they just go through one final proofreading, and the printing will begin.

Sets of the books will be accompanied by teaching guides about marine conservation, the state of beaches in the Philippines, and other lessons which are now being prepared by experts from the University of the Philippines' National Institute of Geological Sciences. These will then be given to public school teachers so that they can use them in conjunction with the books that will be handed out to their students.

The books and guides should be printed and ready for distribution by next month... just in time to get them to their intended audience shortly before Christmas!

Meanwhile, we're also preparing two other titles: "Rizalpabeto" (an alphabet and poetry book centered on Jose Rizal, our national hero) and "Blue Stars" (our newest children's book, which we will launch in October), for distribution before the end of the year. We will keep you posted on these.

Hopefully, we'll be sending you pictures of the new books in the hands of Filipino children in our next report!

Thank you again for all your help and continuing support! 

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May 31, 2012

Preparing New Books to Give Out

GlobalGiving away more books in Babuyan Islands
GlobalGiving away more books in Babuyan Islands

We're down to our last few books of "Elias, Rocking Horse and Sol" and "Kulayan" as we were able to hand out more books to children in Camiguin in the Babuyan Islands of Cagayan. (Note: this Camiguin Island is different from the island-province of Camiguin in Mindanao.)

So, we're making a renewed effort to raise more funds - both here through GlobalGiving, as well as offline through other fundraising events to publish another of our titles.

This time, we're working to raise enough to publish several thousand copies of "Message in the Sand", one of our more popular children's books, written by international bestseller Charmaine Aserappa and illustrated by rising Filipino artist Roel Obemio. It is a simple story that affirms the power of an individual - even a child - to do something to make a difference for the environment, and you can read and listen to the story on our website (http://canvas.ph/message_in_the_sand.htm).

We'll again distribute those books to public schools, and this time, we're also working with teachers from the University of the Philippines" National Institute of Geological Sciences who will prepare guides with suggested learning activities that we can then also give to public school teachers so that they can use the books more effectively.

We hope you will all continue to support us in this effort. And please do tell your friends about us and encouraging them to join in. 

As always, we will keep you posted on our progress and results.

Thank you again, everyone, and best regards,

--Gigo

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