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.
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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Jul 24, 2014

More books for more kids!!!

GlobalGiving away our books in Bagong Silang
GlobalGiving away our books in Bagong Silang

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 students
Books for differently-abled students
Globalgiving away books in Kasiglahan Vill. School
Globalgiving away books in Kasiglahan Vill. School
In all, children in 7 public schools got books!
In all, children in 7 public schools got books!

Links:

Apr 28, 2014

More books for more kids!!!

Books to Krus na Ligas Elementary School
Books to Krus na Ligas Elementary School

In the last three months, we continued to work with individuals and university-based organizations to bring more books to more children in more towns and communities throughout the Philippines.

Last February 27, 2014, a group of young professionals spent a birthday celebration in Brgy. Bangkal, Abukay, Bataan (a province 3 hours south of Manila) by giving away 200 books to a community of Aeta children, an indigenous minority. These young professionals have been celebrating their birthdays yearly with these children, and this year, they chose to give these children a little extra – the gift of learning to love books.

On March 4 and 5, the students from Sigma Phi Sorority and Fraternity of the University of the Philippines-Manila gave away around 150 books to pediatric patients of Philippine General Hospital. These books will serve as materials for the hospital’s Reach Out and Read program that helps parents in the early literacy development and school preparedness of their children by giving books and reading stories aloud.  Reach Out and Read is run by a group of medical practitioners who are members of a nonprofit organization of the same name.

Then, the University of the Philippines-Diliman Children’s Rights Advocates League (UP CRAdLe), gave away 400 books (a mix of three titles) to children grades 1-6 in Krus na Ligas Elementary School last March 21. This book-giving was a culminating activity for UP CRAdLe’s Pass-A-Book Project that aims to assist students who have reading difficulties. They home tutor these students diligently, hopeful in improving their reading proficiency.

Meanwhile, 650 of our children’s books are hitching a ride to more towns in the provinces of Laguna, Bohol, Batanes, Zambales and Palawan through some teachers and students of the National Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of the Philippines as they were doing fieldwork and/or are visiting to their hometowns for the summer. We will give you an update on these and more in the coming months.

And, of course, it will not end there… even as we speak, we have ordered the publication of 11,000 copies total comprising another three of our books (CANVAS Earth Tales – 3 Ecofables for Children; Tahan Na, Tahanan; and Ang Batang Maraming Bawal) from the press. These books are geared more for young readers (ages 6-10 years old).

Invariably, as you will see from the pictures below, the children and their families enjoy opening and reading their new books. For many, these books are the first they have ever held, read, and owned. Their smiles as they receive the books are unforgettable and priceless.

All these would not be possible without you! So again, on behalf of the children of the Philippines, thank you for your generous and continuing support!

Checking out the books at Krus na Ligas Elementary
Checking out the books at Krus na Ligas Elementary
Ailing children find comfort and joy in the books
Ailing children find comfort and joy in the books
Books for kids at Philippine General Hospital
Books for kids at Philippine General Hospital
Aeta children in Bataan checking out the books
Aeta children in Bataan checking out the books
Aeta children working on the book activity pages.
Aeta children working on the book activity pages.

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