Everyone knows everybody at St. Francis School – VSA Philippines in Quezon City having a school population of 120 students. Little Kindergarten girls are playing with their Grade 2 Ates while Grade 2 boys are having a good conversation with their Grade 6 Kuyas, making an impression that the school is more of a family than an institution.
Marjorie, 6, is excited as the toy library opens in their school. “It would be more fun to play with my friends in school,” she expresses. “Playing alone isn’t as fun as having playmates.” With the toy library opening its doors for them, Marjorie will be seeing play in a way she has never seen before.
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).