Give Books to Children in the Philippines

by The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS) Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


CANVAS publishes its award-winning children's stories and donates them books to benefit children in public schools and poor communities throughout the Philippines. We hope to give away one million books to one million children in the next 5-10 years.

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11 million Filipinos are functionally illiterate (they cannot read with comprehension) while 4 million have no basic literacy skills. And while most Filipino children do enroll in Grade 1, an estimated 55% of them will drop out without finishing high school. Increased access to, and encouraging a love for books in public schools is needed to promote functional literacy, creative thinking and independent reading skills that are needed for future success.


By donating full-color books of award-winning stories to public schools and hospitals, we will promote independent reading and creative thinking in Filipino children while also exposing them to the best of contemporary Filipino art and literature.

Long-Term Impact

The project will help empower children to think creatively, learn on their own and strengthen their love of books. These are skills that will stay and help all - even those who drop out of school - to achieve success all through their lives.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS)

Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila - Philippines
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Gigo Alampay
Quezon City, Metro Manila Philippines

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