Just a few steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world is the Red Cross-Boracay Chapter, housing the Ambulong Day Care Center. The day care center, with the newly installed toy library, hopes to serve 50-80 children, most of them left by their parents to work for the hotels and restaurants around Boracay. According to Mr. Marlon Schoenenberger, officer-in-charge of the Red Cross-Boracay Chapter, aside from providing parents an option where they can be assured of their children’s safety, the day care center is also a venue to eliminate the incidence of child labor. With the constant flocking of local and foreign tourists, the children cannot help but be tempted as well to work, given the attractive income in the Island. Opening up a toy library in the community gives the children an opportunity to divert their energies into a more developmental way.
The Red Cross-Boracay Chapter team is very excited with the toy library, as they impart the many initiatives they plan to begin with. Mr. Schoenenberger shares, “We will use the toys in conducting our weekly activities, such as swimming and first aid. The toys will surely add fun and attraction to the activities we are doing with kids”. Apart from the impact to the kids, Mr. Schoenenberger also sees the toy library as an instrument to integrate with the community and to touch base with other day care centers.
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 60 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).