Aside from spending her free time playing patintero with her Kuya Christian, Janine, 8 years old, loves to stay at the PTL Center of SMCVille during weekends. Recognizing her weakness, Janine chooses to read English books because as she points out, “Hindi po kasi ako gaanong marunong mag-English. Gusto ko po matuto ng English” (I’m not that fluent in English. I want to learn English). When asked about her dream, Janine says, “Maging English teacher” (To become an English teacher), strongly believing that her weekend habit will help her overcome her current weakness.
Janine and her family are just among the many others, formerly residing in Estero de Paco in Manila, who relocated in the BayaniJuan site in Calauan, Laguna. Ate Janet, Janine’s mom and also a PTL volunteer in the community shares why they accepted the offer to relocate in Calauan: “Para mabigyan namin ng mas magandang kinabukasan at kapaligiran ang mga anak namin. Wala namang magulang na gustong lumaki ang anak nila sa tabi ng estero at kaharap ang basura” (For us to give our children a better future and environment. No parent would like to let their children grow beside a canal and facing wastes). Adding the PTL Center in SMCVille augments the parents’ desire to give their children a better environment. Ate Janet adds, “Ang pagkakaroon ng isang play area tulad nito ay dagdag na karanasan ng laro at imahinasyon para sa mga bata, at dagdag karanasan ng larong malayo doon sa kinagisnan nilang basura sa estero” (To have a play area like this is an additional experience of play and imagination for the kids, and an experience far from where they used to live).
Janine proves to us that the Toy Library is not only a venue for kids like her to experience what a fun childhood means. The Toy Library serves as Janine’s stepping stone in visioning her dream and believing that she can make it happen.
Philippine Toy Library
From a Facebook status, a national advocacy was born. The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is made up of volunteer-friends who hope to provide the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially those who live in cramped and congested areas. Idle spaces in barangays, schools or parishes are turned into fun and educational PTL areas to keep kids off the streets. Currently, PTL has 32 sites and more are being put up, to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.
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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:
– Sapang Uwak, Pampanga
– Agora, Cagayan de Oro
– Bungkaong, Patikul, Sulu
– La Trinidad, Cordillera
Drop off points are in:
• Quezon City: Kids Ahoy Center for Blended Learning; the PTL office and the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines office
• Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore branches)
• Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and the YSP office)