Antipolo City, Philippines — Nico Jay stopped schooling for a year due to financial problems. Despite his situation, he commits his time to take care of SAIDI-Antipolo’s animals. Now that the Philippine Toy Library has been set up in SAIDI-Antipolo, Nico Jay said he will also be committing his afternoons serving as the kids’ ‘referee’ and mentor as he will try teach them basic reading and writing.
Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute or SAIDI, a graduate school for Organizational Development located in Antipolo City, is the first private school that has donated a room to be set-up as a play area for kids of the nearby communities. “This partnership is new and interesting because most of the existing PTL sites are located in barangays, day care centers, public schools and NGO facilities. “This is a first for us, to have a PTL built on private school grounds”, shares PTL President Edsel Ramirez.
Ms. Marie-Paul Barrameda-de Luna, SAIDI-Antipolo’s Director for Applied Research and Consulting, envisions the toy library to be more than just a play area. Considering that not all kids in the area can afford to go to school, she also sees the toy library as a venue for kids to learn basic reading and writing. Hopefully, the Toy Library can go as far as engaging the mothers in meaningful programs that would help their households too.
The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations of toys and children’s books. Clear out your closets and help build toy libraries in Porac and Sasmuan, Pampanga, Dapdap, Quezon, Palawan, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur. Drop off points are in Quezon City (Kids Ahoy Center for Blended Learning, the PTL office and the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines office), Alabang, Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore branches), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and the YSP office).
Philippine Toy Library
With just a social media status, a national advocacy was born. PTL is made up of a group of volunteer-friends who, together took on the challenge of providing the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially those who live in cramped and congested areas. PTL transforms idle spaces in barangays / schools / parishes into fun and educational playrooms to keep kids off the streets. Currently, PTL has 25 sites and more are being put up, to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.