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The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is calling for donations of old toys and children’s books to build a toy library for a barangay in Zamboanga City.

Social media is creating a movement of nation builders and advocates online.  With the recent monsoon rains, Filipinos all over the world helped out locate people in danger and in need of rescue, coordinated donations and relief operations.

It is that same power that the Philippine Toy Library is trying to harness with its dream – to build toy centers nationwide.  PTL is now asking netizens to build a toy library in Mariki, Zamboanga City.

“We call on all Filipinos to go to their attics and bodega, clear out closets and donate your old toys and children’s books,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez shares.  “Your old stuff can bring good memories to the present Filipino kids.”

PTL has partnered with Youth Solidarity for Peace in building a toy center for Mariki, Zamboanga.  “The children of Mariki are excited with the news of having a toy library on their own,” YSP Chairman of the Board Christian Olasiman narrates.  “Let’s give them the opportunity to experience play and fun that will help in their early childhood development.”

PTL Mariki is currently calling for donations of toys, learning materials, shelves and bins and other materials for refurbishing their center.

Kindly send donations to:

Youth Solidarity for Peace – Peace Advocates of Zamboanga
2/F SLSI Building, San Jose Road, Zamboanga City

Fr. Eusebio Salvador, SJ and Fr. William Kreutz, SJ campuses
Ateneo de Zamboanga University

Or contact Christian Olasiman (+63927.238.7563), Harvey Falcasantos (+63916.726.0340) and Robert Basco (+63935.170.4001).

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

Philippine Toy Library (PTL)

With just a social media status, a national advocacy was born.  PTL is a group of volunteer-friends who came together and took on the challenge of providing the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially who live in cramped and congested areas.  PTL transforms idle spaces in baranggays/schools/parishes into fun and educational playrooms to keep off kids from the streets.  Currently, PTL has three sites and more are being organized to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com

 

Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP)

YSP was formally established in 2008, stemming from a youth movement advocating the Culture of Peace and fighting against discrimination across cultures like Muslims, Yakans, Christians and Indigenous People.  In an area perceived to be conflict-ridden, YSP now serves as the youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ).


The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is calling for donations of old toys and children’s books to build a toy library for indigenous children in Culion, Palawan.

The power of social media is immense.  On a vacation abroad with the family, PTL President Edsel Ramirez, 38, was struck with the availability of parks and playgrounds for children in their communities.  Thus, he posted a status on his social media site asking for donations of old toys, children’s books, and materials for building the first Philippine Toy Library in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Now, the Tagbanua children want to play as well.  Culion is a 4th class municipality in the province of Palawan, consisting of Culion Island primarily and forty-one minor surrounding islands.  Once a leprosarium, the area is now a vibrant community eager to develop and progress.  PTL is partnering with the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines (JVP) and Cartwheel Foundation for the project.

“Every Filipino child, may he be a Tagalog, Cebuano or even a member of the indigenous tribe, have the right to play and have fun,” Program Associate Camille Tacastacas remarked.  “Creative imagination and scientific inventions start with the tinkering of the possible. Let us provide that to the Tagabanuan children as well.”

“We are excited to partner with JVP and Cartwheel Foundation for a PTL in Culion,” Ramirez shared.  “Whatever donations that we will be getting will be put in plastic bins and be brought to the different islets.”

“Cartwheel Foundation has an existing early childhood development program,” JVP Executive Director Martin Perfecto narrated.  “PTL Culion would certainly compliment the program for our children.”

PTL Culion is currently calling for donations of toys (unit blocks, plastic animals and people, building toys, stuffed toys), learning materials (storybooks, puzzles, musical instruments, counting toys, scientific toys) and other manipulatives.  Clear out closets and start helping in the development of indigenous children.  Drop off points are in Quezon City, Baguio, Bacolod, Zamboanga and in the JVP Headquarters.

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

 

Philippine Toy Library

With just a social media status, a national advocacy was born.  PTL is a group of volunteer-friends who came together and took on the challenge of providing the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially who live in cramped and congested areas.  PTL transforms idle spaces in baranggays/schools/parishes into fun and educational playrooms to keep off kids from the streets.  Currently, PTL has three sites and more are being organized to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com

 

Jesuit Volunteers Philippines

JVP is one of the country’s longest-running local volunteer programs, recruiting, training, and sending highly-skilled college graduates and young professionals to work in under-resourced areas all over the country. This year, they have two volunteers assigned to Cartwheel Foundation working for the education of the Tagbanua in Culion.

Website: http://www.jvpfi.org/

 

Cartwheel Foundation

Cartwheel seeks to give indigenous youth and communities the chance to enjoy their right to quality and culturally relevant education.

Website: http://cartwheelfoundation.org/


The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) launches its third toy center in Brgy. Escopa III, Quezon City for the urban poor children.

The overwhelming response from a social media status prompted the Ramirez family to expand a village project into a national advocacy.  Creating one toy center for street children was a result from seeing playgrounds in other countries during a vacation.

“When we asked for donations from friends and village neighbors, there was an outpour of generosity,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez shared.  “Our house had so many toys stacked that we decided to build more toy centers for the Filipino children.”

Through the help of Kaya Natin Convenor Harvey Keh and Quezon City Congressman Bolet Banal, PTL Escopa became possible.

The Brgy. Escopa III leaders allocated a whole room for the PTL that will supplement their day care program.  “Kapitana Beth and Kagawad Rolando were very supportive of the project,” Ramirez bared.  “It just shows that there are still local officials who truly care for their community.”

The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations to build in Payatas in Quezon City, Culion in Palawan and Mariki in Zamboanga.  Clear out closets and PTL is open to accepting old toys, children’s books, art materials, shelves, tables and chairs, rubber matting, paint, etc.  Drop off points are in Quezon City, Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga.

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

 


The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) launches its second toy center in Layag-Layag, Zamboanga City together with Tzu Chi Foundation and Yellow Boat Foundation.

When PTL launched on social media a few months back, there was an immediate number of requests from all over the country.  Layag-Layag, Zamboanga City was one of the first who responded.

Sitio Layag-Layag is a fishing community fifteen minutes off the city where people live on stilt houses.  Children used to swim to go to school.  Last July 27, 2012, PTL President Edsel Ramirez flew to Zamboanga to launch PTL Layag-Layag with the generous help of Tzu Chi Foundation and Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation.

“We believe in synergy, PTL will surely be of help in the development of the children of Layag-Layag,” Tzu Chi Zamboanga Coordinator and Yellow Boat of Hope Co-Founder and President Anton Mari Lim shared.  “Every child deserves the chance to play and have fun.”

“We were touched by the story of hope and strength of the community,” Ramirez described.  “For the first time, the children saw building blocks and manipulative toys!”

The Tzu Chi Zamboanga Day Care Center allocated space for the PTL corner with solar liter as source of illumination.  It was on stilts over water where children need to ride boats for their movements inside the community.

“PTL brought balikbayan boxes full of toys and children’s books,” Ramirez narrated.  “We asked donations through social media.  Friends chipped in and people we haven’t met sent their old toys as well.”

The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations to build in Payatas in Quezon City, Culion in Palawan and Mariki in Zamboanga.  Clear out closets and PTL is open to accepting old toys, children’s books, art materials, shelves, tables and chairs, rubber matting, paint, etc.  Drop off points are in Quezon City, Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga.

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

 

 

Philippine Toy Library

With just a social media status, a national advocacy was born.  PTL is a group of volunteer-friends who came together and took on the challenge of providing the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially who live in cramped and congested areas.  PTL transforms idle spaces in baranggays/schools/parishes into fun and educational playrooms to keep off kids from the streets.  Currently, PTL has three sites and more are being organized to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com

 

Tzu Chi Foundation

Tzu Chi Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in the impoverished east coast of Taiwan. The Foundation has been contributing to better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan for nearly 40 years. Master Cheng Yen firmly believes that suffering in this world is caused by material deprivation and spiritual poverty. She felt that “lack of love for others” has been the root of many problems in this world. “To save the world, we must begin by transforming human hearts.”

A volunteer-based, spiritual as well as welfare organization, Tzu Chi’s missions focuses on giving material aid and inspiring love and humanity in both the givers and receivers. Since its founding, the Foundation has dedicated itself in the field of charity, medicine, education, environmental protection, as well as the promotion of humanistic values and community volunteerism. The humanitarian work is both a means to help those in need, and also a way to open the eyes of the volunteer to the harsher side of life, so that through giving, they may find spiritual happiness and life’s true meaning.

Website: http://www.tzuchizam.org/tzuchi/index.php

 

Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation

In November 2010, the Zamboanga Funds for Little Kids was organized to help kids who swim to school in the village of Layag-Layag, Brgy. Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City.  In June 2011, the Masbate Funds for Little Kids was also organized to help kids who swim to school in Isla Mababoy, Brgy. Guinhadap, Monreal, Masbate.  In July 2011, we decided to form the Philippine Funds for Little Kids as an umbrella organization seeking out all kids who swim to school in the Philippines and help them and their communities. You can email us at philippine.funds@gmail.com for inquiries and reports on areas where kids swim to school.  It is our belief that together we can build the country of our dreams for our children, for our families, for our people.

Website: http://yellowboat.tumblr.com/