The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) celebrates its first year as it calls for donations of old toys and children’s books to build toy centers in Quezon City, Nueva Ecija, Capiz, Iloilo and Sulu.
We’ve all been children once. As children, play was a wonderful source of joy, of exercise, even of learning, and creative expression. We had toys and crayons and books and musical instruments. We had neighborhood play grounds and parks with swings and seesaws and monkey bars.
In poor congested communities, where conditions are cramped, the children play in the streets and alleys, near sewers and esteros. In rural faraway communities, children do not have access to toys that they can play with.
The Ramirez family had the idea of creating a play space for these children, out of used, hand-me-down books and playthings from people willing to give away what they no longer have use for.
Thus, Edsel Ramirez, together with volunteer-friends, launched the Philippine Toy Library over social media asking for donations of old toys, children’s books and materials for building toy libraries all over the country.
“When we were younger, we used to play games and catch fireflies every afternoon,” Ramirez told. “My friends and I had a lot of fun. These childhood memories were important as I grew up. We wanted to bring back the experience of play to the Filipino childhood experience.”
After 1 year, PTL has set up 31 sites – in islets in Culion, Palawan and Zamboanga to barangay centers in Taguig and Quezon City. “We thank our local partners and donors, who saw our posts over social media, shared to their friends, and helped in gathering toys & provided spaces where the children could have a chance to play,” Ramirez shared.
“Moving forward, we continue to dream more toy centers so that more Filipino children would be able to make good memories.
Share in our dream for our Filipino children. Build toy centers in your area. Share our story. Like our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.