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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
Batanes - the northernmost point of the country
Batanes - the northernmost point of the country

Last month, our books hitched a ride with a group of graduate students and professors of the University of the Philippines National Institute of Geological Sciences, who had embarked on a 3-week long mapping exercise of remote Batanes.

We can now say that our books have reached even the northernmost inhabited island of the Philippines - Itbayat, as well as Sabtang and the main island of Batan. 

In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to post pictures of book giving efforts. Because of the continuing success of this project, and the positive feedback that we have universally received both from the communities themselves, as well as the volunteers and organizations who have been helping us to distribute the books - we are now pursuing a dream, however difficult and improbable, of giving away one million books in the next five to ten years. 

We hope you will continue to support and join us in this pursuit, and we will be posting a new GlobalGiving project for this dream soon.

In the meantime, again from the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all of you for making it possible for us to continue getting our books into the hands of Filipino children in disadvantaged communities throughout the country!

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Book giving in Marilao, Bulacan
Book giving in Marilao, Bulacan

Working with various nonprofits, organizations, churches and individuals, we gave away nearly 6,500 books over the last two months. And there still are over 3,500 books that are going to be handed out.

Perhaps the response to and impact of this initiative is best captured by this email from one of our partners. We would like to share it with you mainly because their gratitude (and ours) should rightfully extend to all of you for your continued generosity and support, without which none of this would have happened.

 

Hi Gigo, 

I hope you're doing well.

I am happy to inform you that we have delivered your gifts to our 274 students across six learning centers in the Philippines. Our learning centers are located in the following areas:
1. Brgy. Macabud, Montalban, Rizal;
2. Sitio Udiongan, Brgy. Mountain View, Mariveles, Bataan;
3. Brgy. Poro, San Fernando, La Union;
4. Brgy. Canaoay, San Fernando, La Union;
5. Brgy. Pio, Porac, Pampanga;
6. Marahan West, Marilog District, Davao (indigenous community)

For most of the kids, "Message in the Sand" will be a first in their personal collection. 
I am hopeful that this will continue on to a lifetime habit of reading. 
Thank you very much for your support, and more power to CANVAS!

Jason Gavina
Operations Officer
Academe Foundation
Unit 18 La Isla Cond., Ruby cor Opal Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City

 

We are so encouraged by this, and other messages that we have received, that we are hoping to scale the project and are dreaming even of eventually giving away one million books! Join us in the pursuit of this dream (see it here: http://youtu.be/lcTnSi_bbVc).

In the meantime, we will continue to keep you posted in upcoming reports. 

Again, our heartfelt thanks and warmest regards.

Bookgiving in San Pablo Public Elementary School
Bookgiving in San Pablo Public Elementary School
Happiness
Happiness
Learning to read and to love books
Learning to read and to love books
Bookgiving at a YMCA in Makati City
Bookgiving at a YMCA in Makati City
National Artist Bencab bookgiving in Baguio
National Artist Bencab bookgiving in Baguio

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The books we're giving away...
The books we're giving away...

Just a quick note to report that we now have more than 10,000 books in our hands. The challenge, and privilege, now is to get them into the hands of disadvantaged children throughout the country.

We've started calling out to nonprofits and individuals who work directly in poor communities and public schools to help us out with the distribution. So far, we've committed 3,000 books to various partners all over the Philippines, and do hope to hand all the books out in the next few weeks, just in time for Christmas!

We'll definitely have pictures of the children with the books in our next report. But this is just to thank you all for your support and generosity... Please continue telling your friends about the project. :-)

Thank you!

Changing the world with children's books...
Changing the world with children's books...
10,000 books, ready to be given away!
10,000 books, ready to be given away!

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"Message in the Sand" Cover
"Message in the Sand" Cover

We're going to press shortly with a new book for children in public schools and hospitals shortly. 

"Message in the Sand" is a story of a young boy's efforts to save the sea. Simple and easy to read, it was written for CANVAS by international bestseller Charmaine Aserrapa, and illustrated by Filipino artist Roel Obemio.

Attached are files of the book - they just go through one final proofreading, and the printing will begin.

Sets of the books will be accompanied by teaching guides about marine conservation, the state of beaches in the Philippines, and other lessons which are now being prepared by experts from the University of the Philippines' National Institute of Geological Sciences. These will then be given to public school teachers so that they can use them in conjunction with the books that will be handed out to their students.

The books and guides should be printed and ready for distribution by next month... just in time to get them to their intended audience shortly before Christmas!

Meanwhile, we're also preparing two other titles: "Rizalpabeto" (an alphabet and poetry book centered on Jose Rizal, our national hero) and "Blue Stars" (our newest children's book, which we will launch in October), for distribution before the end of the year. We will keep you posted on these.

Hopefully, we'll be sending you pictures of the new books in the hands of Filipino children in our next report!

Thank you again for all your help and continuing support! 

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GlobalGiving away more books in Babuyan Islands
GlobalGiving away more books in Babuyan Islands

We're down to our last few books of "Elias, Rocking Horse and Sol" and "Kulayan" as we were able to hand out more books to children in Camiguin in the Babuyan Islands of Cagayan. (Note: this Camiguin Island is different from the island-province of Camiguin in Mindanao.)

So, we're making a renewed effort to raise more funds - both here through GlobalGiving, as well as offline through other fundraising events to publish another of our titles.

This time, we're working to raise enough to publish several thousand copies of "Message in the Sand", one of our more popular children's books, written by international bestseller Charmaine Aserappa and illustrated by rising Filipino artist Roel Obemio. It is a simple story that affirms the power of an individual - even a child - to do something to make a difference for the environment, and you can read and listen to the story on our website (http://canvas.ph/message_in_the_sand.htm).

We'll again distribute those books to public schools, and this time, we're also working with teachers from the University of the Philippines" National Institute of Geological Sciences who will prepare guides with suggested learning activities that we can then also give to public school teachers so that they can use the books more effectively.

We hope you will all continue to support us in this effort. And please do tell your friends about us and encouraging them to join in. 

As always, we will keep you posted on our progress and results.

Thank you again, everyone, and best regards,

--Gigo

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

Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila - Philippines
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Project Leader:
Gigo Alampay
Quezon City, Metro Manila Philippines
$35,877 raised of $50,000 goal
 
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