“Gusto ko maging engineer tulad ni Ate o ‘di kaya ‘yung nagluluto kasi gusto ko ‘yun” (I want to be an engineer like my sister or the one who cooks because I like it), Dhana, 7 years old, shares on what she wanted to be when she grows up. She looks up to her ate (sister), her Tita’s eldest daughter, whom she already considers as her own. At a tender age of 5, Dhana was diagnosed with leukemia. Now that she just turned 7, Dhana’s disease continues to disrupt her normal life. As of the writing of this story, Dhana will undergo her third chemotherapy session on Sunday.
Five days after she was born, CJ was already diagnosed with a congenital heart problem. CJ’s mother shares, “Sinabihan kami ng doktor na ipaopera na namin siya pero ayaw namin” (The doctor said that she should gone operation but we don’t want to), on the fear that they might lose her just as CJ was given to them. Eleven years after, CJ still carries the burden in her heart. “Mahirap po. Hindi ako makapaglaro tulad ng ibang bata kaya lagi na lang ako sa loob ng bahay. Madalas naka-wheel chair din po ako para hindi ako hingalin” (It’s hard. I cannot play like the other kids that’s why I just stay inside the house. Most of the time I use the wheelchair so I will not get tired), CJ imparts on how difficult it is to be in her condition.
Having a toy library in PGH makes their burden a little lighter and helps them forget the pain of their sickness even just for a few minutes.Their warm smiles and twinkling eyes at the thought of the toy library are reflections of their unwavering hope that one day, they will be just like any other kids who can live and play without any anxieties to think of.
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 49 sites and more are being put up, to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.
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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; Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and the YSP office).