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 6, 2015

Bringing Our Books to Truly Remote Communities

CANVAS books delivered by Cordillera Trust
CANVAS books delivered by Cordillera Trust

For this report, we highlight and recognize just two of our partners who have quietly helped to bring our books into the hands of children in some of the most beautiful yet remote places of the Philippines.

Thank you to the 12th Marine Battalion for bringing our books into the hands of 2,255 pupils of ten primary and elementary schools in Southern Palawan last December 2014. In some cases, they had to navigate 10 kilometers of rough and rugged terrain over 2-3 hours using carabaos to carry and deliver the books to some of the schools in the area!

Thank you, too, to the Cordillera Conservation Trust, which works in some of the most important ecological areas not only in the Philippines but in the world. Much of their work consists in working with public elementary schools, teaching children how to build and maintain their own forest nurseries, and guiding them in their growth as young environmentalists. In their report to us, they said that they chose the remote village communities around Mount Pulag. These villages have some of the most remote schools they currently work in, where each village requires a minimum of 4-5 hours of walking or a scary motorbike ride through some single track footpaths.

Giving books to children is fulfilling work. But if delivering them “all over the Philippines” is to include the farthest corners of the country, as described above, it can at times also be difficult and committed work.

Thus, while we cannot name them all, we do wish to thank the increasing number of partner institutions, organizations and individuals who have taken our mission to heart.

And we wish to thank you all, for us and on behalf of the children of the Philippines, for your continued support. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again and again… all these were made possible by your generous belief in what we do. Thank you!

Falling in line to get a book
Falling in line to get a book
Beautiful children with beautiful books
Beautiful children with beautiful books
Thank you, 12th Marine Battalion!
Thank you, 12th Marine Battalion!
More beautiful children with more beautiful books!
More beautiful children with more beautiful books!
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
 
   

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