The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is calling for donations of old toys and children’s books to build a toy library for Visayan and indigent children in Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur.
Lakewood. How romantic.
In reality, not quite. Lakewood is about two hundred sixty kilometers off Zamboanga City; it would take seven hours of bus ride to reach the municipality. A lake is in the center and the communities residing are living below the poverty line.
An unassuming and quiet community, four thousand children have limited access to toys and children’s books. They are now asking for your donations to have a meaningful play experience. PTL has partnered with Yellow Boats of Hope Foundation for this project to build a toy center for them.
“I have been working with the community for four years now and we have tried to be creative in our resources,” Yellow Boat Lakewood Coordinator John Michael Dellariarte shares. “We built a half way house as a lying-in center made of plastic pet bottles with the community. A floating toy library would be a challenge!”
Social media activism is on the rise. 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 Quezon City.
Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers. The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations to build in Dapdap, Quezon, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga Sibugay and Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur. Drop off points are in Quezon City (offices of KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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).