A child in Zambales starts on his new book
We ended year 2022 with 34,789 donations, bringing us to 455,603 total book donations since the start of our literacy campaign. In 2023, our aim is to nearly double this: To give away 60,000 books this year! Can we do it? We will definitely work hard to meet it.
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On Human Rights Day, December 10, we gave away copies of Silent Witnesses at the screening of 11,103, a documentary on Martial Law in the Philippines. The audience was quite young -- in their early 20s and 30s -- and several viewers that raised questions in the open forum were interested in how they, too, could contribute to upholding human rights, across their different fields of work and study. By including Silent Witnesses, three-sentence stories drawn from the accounts of Martial Law survivors, we hope to have enriched the discourse and experience.
In Zambales, our I Am a Storyteller and I Am the Change in Climate Change books were included in a Christmas package for Aeta children, a Filipino indigenous group in Luzon. The Christmas packages also included school supplies, toys, food, and sanitary kits. The partnership was spearheaded by Museo ni Ramon Magsaysay in Zambales brought together their local government, volunteers, and CANVAS to spread some holiday cheer to the community.
Similarly, 250 of our mixed titles were sent to children in Cavite in partnership with Alitaptap Artist Community. Children, as well as seniors, in the community gathered to read books together. Our books, the organizers said, "would be the perfect way to introduce [the children] to art and inspire them to fulfill their potential." Despite the rain, young and old gathered for a simple but intimate celebration of the Christmas season.
We also teamed up with the Philippine Coalition on Volunteerism that chose to celebrate International Volunteer Day by donating books to Grade 5 and 6 students of Commonwealth Elemntary School in Novaliches, Quezon City. A thousand copies of #YOUTHink: Fight Fake News were handed over to the school's principal by CANVAS' Chairman of the Board, Max Ventura. We hope that the books give the students the tools they need to be critical of the information they come across on the internet and social media.
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Reprints of our book on children's rights, Karapat Dapat, are arriving by the end of this month, and we look forward to get them into the hands of as many children as possible. Already, a few schools and communities are lined up, looking to improve their literacy skills and encourage a love for books.
Thank you very much for your continued support!
Alitaptap Artists distribute books despite rain
New books for Alitaptap's community
Contributed books to complement this screening
Commonwealth Elementary Principal accepts 1k books