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.
Mar 1, 2012

More Books to More Children Handed Out!

Books for children displaced by Typhoon Sendong
Books for children displaced by Typhoon Sendong

It's been more almost three months since our last update, and we just wanted to reassure you that your generous support continues to benefit more children all over the country.

The books were particularly helpful, we found, in helping children to deal with unanticipated trauma and calamities. We sent over 2,000 books to young victims displaced by Typhoon Sendong in Mindanao. More than just donating, the Department of Psychology of Ateneo de Manila University and Xavier University used the books to help process and comfort children in one relief center.

Books were also donated to Tahan-Tahanan, a halfway house in East Avenue Medical Center which houses more than 100 cancer-stricken children. These children are from far provinces but are sheltered temporarily in Tahan-Tahanan, while they undergo medical treatments in Metro Manila.

We also worked with a group of dentists who were offering free dental clinic services at daycare centers in several communities in San Juan, Batangas to distribute books.

To date, we've donated more than 9,200 books, well beyond our initial 3,000-book target... all thanks to all of you!

There are only a few hundred books left (for now) to hand out... but we do hope to raise more funds to publish and give out more of our children's stories.  We will keep you updated on those existing books, and on future publications.  We also hope that you continue to support and tell your friends and families about our collective project.

Again, our deepest thanks!

Book readings to help kids to deal with trauma
Book readings to help kids to deal with trauma
Books for young cancer patients
Books for young cancer patients
Sending books through the Philippine Red Cross
Sending books through the Philippine Red Cross
Books to Banaue Central School via Rock Ed
Books to Banaue Central School via Rock Ed
Books and Free Dental Clinic Services in Batangas
Books and Free Dental Clinic Services in Batangas

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Dec 19, 2011

We've Started GlobalGiving Away Our Books!

Donating books to Philippine General Hospital
Donating books to Philippine General Hospital

Just a quick update, plus some photos.

To date, over 4000 books have already been distributed directly or through partners such as Museo Pambata, the Joey Velasco Foundation, TAO-Pilipinas Foundation, Sarilaya, BenCab Art Foundation, and Onesimo Foundation. The rest (a total of at least 10,000 books!) will be distributed in the coming weeks with the help of other partners and individuals working with disadvantaged children throughout the Philippines.

We've also set aside 1,000 books (500 each of Kulayan, and CANVAS Collection) for the child victims of the recent Typhoon Sendong in Mindanao. Even as donations for the basic necessities are now pouring in, we've been told that books, board games and other donations that can help keep children busy in these trying times are also needed. So this is our modest contribution to this effort. Together with Stray Interactive (our web design partner), these coloring books will also be accompanied by one set of crayons each.  As with all our GlobalGiving books, this would not have been possible without your generous support!

Thank you!

National Artist BenCab at a Baguio public school
National Artist BenCab at a Baguio public school
Donating to a public school in Zambales
Donating to a public school in Zambales
A classroom celebrates the GlobalGiving books!
A classroom celebrates the GlobalGiving books!
Checking out the artworks in Kulayan.
Checking out the artworks in Kulayan.
Oct 16, 2011

Book Launch!!!

Anthology Book Cover
Anthology Book Cover

We're happy to report that, because of your support, we are launching our new book - Elias, Rocking Horse & Sol - this October 25 (Tuesday) at 6pm at the Looking for Juan Art Space in Serendra.

And we will be donating not just 3,000 copies but at least 5,000 copies. 

More good news - with the donations we received to date, we were able to attract MasterCard into supporting the project, and enabling us to also publish 10,000 copies of a new coloring book, all of which will also be donated together with the Anthology.  So that's a total of 15,000 books that will soon be in the hands of children all over the Philippines - and just in time for Christmas too!

None of these would have been possible without your support, and we are sincerely very grateful.

We still have some costs to cover though (mainly logistics relating to the distribution of the books), so please continue to support and tell your friends about this project.  We will continue to keep you updated as we begin to actually get the books into the hands of the children, and will send you photos as well.

Again, thank you for everything.

Best regards,

--Gigo

Kulayan (Book Cover)
Kulayan (Book Cover)

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