Three little boys are already playing with the toys (and putting them off their proper places), while she unceasingly puts back the ‘unplayed’ ones in the shelves. Ms. Edelyn, one of the teachers in the day care center, does not mind repeatedly organizing the toys because they are blessings. “Tingnan mo oh, dati nga dalawa lang ‘yung shelves namin ng laruan. Ngayon, may dagdag na” (Look, before we only have two shelves. Now we have more.), Ms. Edelyn pointing out that even before the toy library, they have few toys which serve as tools in their children’s education. Now that they have more toys, they hope to encourage more little kids to go to school.
Serving the children is what Ms. Edelyn believes to be their mission. “Ginagawa ko dahil dahil saministry namin. Hindi naman namin ito magagawa kung hindi ito para sa Kanya (Lord) e” (We’re doing this because of our ministry. We will not be able to this if not for Him).
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 53 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).