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Give Books to Children in the Philippines

by The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS)
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Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Give Books to Children in the Philippines
Everyone in celebration!
Everyone in celebration!
Last November 20, 2019, CANVAS celebrated Children's Day and the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child with the opening of a four-day mini-festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
We gave away hundreds of copies of our activity book on children's rights and, in partnership with various theater, art, and music groups, offered dance, art, shadowplay, and poetry, workshops for children from two public schools brought in by the CCP. Each child received a free copy of "Karapat Dapat," our activity book on the rights of the child.
The highlight of opening day was "Mga Kwentong Karapat Dapat," a three-act musical play that creatively explored the roles and rights of children in the home, society and environment, through lights, shadows, dance and music.
As many of you may know, human rights is a controversial topic here in the Philippines. Happily, we have found that this book about the rights of children -- to play, to learn, to be healthy, to grow and be nurtured in a safe environment, and many more -- has found exceedingly broad support.
Many groups from all sides -- from government officials and agencies, to nonprofit organizations, to human rights activists, to doctors giving free clinics to ordinary students, and to artists going to the field -- have helped us bring the books to children in all corners of the country.
We thank you for your continuing and generous support, and for helping to make all these possible. 
Our best wishes for the coming Holiday Season!
Getting busy with books.
Getting busy with books.
Books on standby.
Books on standby.
A big hurrah for children's rights!
A big hurrah for children's rights!
Why we do what we do.
Why we do what we do.
Young readers with their new books.
Young readers with their new books.

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Children gather around for a little book-reading
Children gather around for a little book-reading

Through the initiative of the community involvement arm of First City Providential College (FCPC), forty copies of our Sino Si Juan Activity Book for Children have found a new home in the San Roque Day Care Center's new reading nook.

Although inaugurated last October 2018, the day care center was sparse. "The center only has tables, a blackboard, and some toys," Bunny Fumera-Garcia, Social Orientation and Community Involvement Head (FCPC) told us in May 2019. "I am hoping that through the provision of a mini-library, the love for reading can be inculcated in the hearts and minds of the young learners of the day care center."

The opening program of San Roque Day Care Center in Barangay San Roque, City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan was held last June 21, 2019, organized by kindergarden and senior high students of the FCPC.

Along with two workshops for parents and learners of the day care center -- that focused on literacy and confidence-building for young ones -- copies of the Sino Si Juan Activity Book for Children were turned over to the teachers and children, ages 3 to 6. 

We hope that this is but the start of a reading nook full of books and ideas for budding readers. Thank you for all your support! 

Teachers accept 40 copies of Sino Si Juan.
Teachers accept 40 copies of Sino Si Juan.
Time to explore the pages!
Time to explore the pages!

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The National Book Development Board (NBDB) is a government agency tasked with building a culture of reading and authorship in the Philippines, as well as creating an environment for the growth of the book publishing industry to help make it globally competitive. 

One of its activities is the "Read Aloud Program", a storytelling activity that aims to help Fiipinos, especially children and out of school youth, to discover joy in reading.

Last March 2019, NBDB, in partnership with CANVAS, brought the Program to disadvantaged communities in Malabon and Navotas City. A separate Read Aloud Program event was also held in April 2019 in Calbayog City in the province of Samar. 

In all these events, NBDB gave all the participating children with their very own copies of CANVAS' activity book on children's rights. 

On behalf of all the children, we wish to thank all of you again for your continuing support!

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Bookgiving for the Tagbanua kids of Palawan
Bookgiving for the Tagbanua kids of Palawan

In February, CANVAS organized two bookgiving events to benefit children of two groups of indigenous peoples - the Aetas in Tarlac Province, and the Tagbanuas of Coron, Palawan. In both instances, we gave away copies of "Karapat Dapat", our latest and very well received activity book for children focused on the rights of the child. This activity book comes at a particularly good time - 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which also inspired this book.

Last February 23, CANVAS travelled to Coron with the Panta Rhea Foundation, a California-based philantrophic foundation that has long supported CANVAS, to meet with the elders of the Tagbanua Tribe. CANVAS had previously worked with the Tagbanua elders to publish a collection of short stories for children inspired by the traditions and legends of the Tagbanua people.

We took this opportunity to organize a bookgiving event for the children of the Tagbanuas, which is always a happy occasion. But what made this event more meaningful was the agreement by the Tagbanua elders to help us translate our books into their mother dialect so that they can become more relevant and useful to their communities. We hope to begin doing this in the coming few months.

Then, last February 26, CANVAS, in partnership with the Provincial Human Rights Office of Tarlac, and with generous support from the Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation (MIESCOR), gave away 220 books to the Aeta children of Sta. Juliana Elementary School in Capas, Tarlac.

On behalf of all the children who benefit from our bookgiving initiatives and events, we again thank you all for your continuing support. We are genuinely humbled by your generosity. Thank you!

We also donated our other books for their library.
We also donated our other books for their library.
Bookgiving for the Tagbanua kids of Palawan.
Bookgiving for the Tagbanua kids of Palawan.
Bookgiving for the kids of the Aetas in Tarlac
Bookgiving for the kids of the Aetas in Tarlac
A child's smile makes it all worth it!
A child's smile makes it all worth it!
Bookgiving for the kids of the Aetas in Tarlac
Bookgiving for the kids of the Aetas in Tarlac

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As we close out 2018, we just wanted to share these reports and pictures from three recent bookgiving events.

 

The first two pictures come from a December 1 event when CANVAS, in partnership with LandBank, gave away 700 books to children in Sitio Loakan, Itogon, Benguet,  which is about five hours north of Manila. This was the hardest hit community in the Cordilleras during a supertyphoon last September which caused a landslide in a mining site that killed more than a hundred miners.

CANVAS also donated two sets of our hardbound children’s books for the Loakan Elementary School Library.

The next two pictures were provided by Terence Alombro from "Teach for the Philippines" who gave away our books in Jaro, Iloilo City last November 29, 2018. He also filed this report:

"As we celebrated National Reading Month, we conducted a book-giving activity to teachers and learners of Jaro 1 Elementary School.

The stories were relevant and timely. Stories were integrated in all our lessons which is a good way to explain concepts, example: using the story in the book, we integrate it in English lesson about elements of the story; in science and araling panlipunan, we integrate it, through environmental discussion (Message in the sand) and edukasyon sa pagkakatao; on how we can embrace our individuality as a person (My Big Sister can see Dragons).

One exceptional moment of the activity was involving few parents, all learners and school faculty unite in this reading activity. We are affirmed of the belief it takes a village to educate a child to help our kids love reading, we are empowered to make intentional effort for a collective action from each member of the community to enjoy and love reading."


Finally, Marco Arosa, a Teacher from Consolacion Central School in Cebu City who shared the following report:

"On November 29, 2018, Thursday, Consolacion Central School culminated the celebration of the National Reading Month with a story-telling and book-giving event. In the program, we concluded our reading remedial classes with our grade 6 pupils, where we talked about the learnings that they had during the time we spent with them building their confidence in reading both in Filipino and English. We also took the opportunity to welcome our new set of pupils from Grade 4 and 5, who will be recipients of the remedial program for the next cycle. In total, we were able to give books to 200 pupils from the intermediate level.

During the program, we revisited the importance of them learning how to read where the pupils would always answer chorally, “Para matuto, para makabasa ng English, Science!” After we went over the story, it is nice how one of the pupils mentioned that after our reading remedial program or after he becomes more proficient in reading, he will be the one to read the storybook all by himself."

 

On behalf of the children, and our partners, we would like to thank all of you again for your generous and continuing support, and wish you all a Blessed Christmas Season!


We look forward to sharing more bookgiving stories and pictures from the field with you in 2019!

CANVAS bookgiving in Itogon, Benguet
CANVAS bookgiving in Itogon, Benguet
Bookgiving in Jaro, Iloilo City
Bookgiving in Jaro, Iloilo City
Children and Books in Jaro, Iloilo City
Children and Books in Jaro, Iloilo City
Bookgiving in Cebu City
Bookgiving in Cebu City
Bookgiving in Cebu City
Bookgiving in Cebu City

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Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila - Philippines
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Gigo Alampay
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