Rose with her new book
The last few weeks in Tacloban have seen some exciting developments made possible thanks to your generosity and the continued support of GlobalGiving.
We love GlobalGiving because in addition to connecting us to amazing donors like you, they also connect us to other fantastic grassroots organisations that share our goals and values.
One of these organisations is the Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS). Following an introduction made by GlobalGiving we recently partnered with CANVAS to provide over 300 books to children affected by typhoon Haiyan.
This work is part of a larger undertaking by CANVAS that aims to provide a million books to a million children over the next 5-10 years. In a country where many people are functionally illiterate this program promotes independent reading and creative thinking in Filipino children, while also exposing them to the best of contemporary Filipino art and literature.
This goal is important across the entire Philippines but for kids affected by typhoon Haiyan it’s particularly relevant. Many of the affected areas were already plagued by poverty and in many cases kids had never owned a book, even before the typhoon. Even when children did own books these were largely destroyed by the storm’s heavy rains.
So, when GlobalGiving connected us to CANVAS we knew we wanted to work together to bring the joy of reading to Tacloban and its surrounding communities.
We started by asking our partners at schools and daycare centres to help us identify individual children who would receive books to take home and own themselves.
With our plans prepared we were delighted when 303 beautiful, full-colour books arrived from Manila. Shortly after we began our work distributing the books.
We started in Anibongon which is a small rural community about one hour west of Tacloban. None of the kids there had ever owned a book themselves and they were all incredibly happy to receive the gifts.
One of the kids to receive a book was eleven year old Rose. Rose used to spend a lot of time watching TV but having received a book she now plans to spend more time reading to herself, and to her little brother as well.
After Anibongon we returned to central Tacloban to distribute books through the Aram Learning Studio. The Studio works with kids who have developmental problems and here we provided books to affected children, as well as to their brothers and sisters.
Finally our team travelled to the village of Guintigian which is about one hour north of the city. Having previously repaired the community’s daycare centre we knew that this was a very poor area and that the kids had no access to books at all.
The three book giving events were all a great success and we’re incredibly grateful to CANVAS for supplying us with the materials. However, it was your own generous support that enabled us to transport the books to Tacloban and then into the surrounding communities. Thanks so much for helping us bring the joy of reading to over 300 kids!
As always, if you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.
Grandeur is delighted with his copy
The Guintigian kids say thank you!