At the age of 60, Nanay Noemi still chose to work for children with disabilities at STAC (Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center) – Kalibo. She may have the option to retire and rest, but she decided to respond to a quite challenging work.
Nanay Annalie, 41 years old, also chose to devote her time for STAC. Aside from her work in the Regional Trial Court in Kalibo, Nanay Annalie is also the president of STAC’s Parents’ Association. STAC’s head Physical Therapist, Ms. Joanna, proudly shares how Nanay Annalie initiated in helping out create the toy library in their institution, “Nagsolicit talaga ‘yan sa mga magulang kahit na Php 50 lang para lang makabili ng mga plastic bins para lalagyan ng mga laruan kung sakaling bumaha” (She solicited from other parents even at least Php 50 from each of them just to buy plastic bins for the storage of toys in case it floods here).
So what motivates Nanay Annalie to offer her time in putting up the toy library? She narrates, “’Yung books tsaka toys, malaking bagay ‘yun para sa mga bata. ‘Yung iba man dyan, hindi man malaro ang mga laruan kasi syempre may mga disabilities nga sila pero ang presence ng toys, nakakapagbigay aliw na iyon sa kanila. Katulad ng anak ko, makita lang niya si Mickey Mouse, naku ‘yung tuwa n’yan, grabe, apaw-apaw na. Hindi man nila malaro, pero makita lang nila, malaking kasiyahan na iyon sa kanila” (The books and toys mean a lot to the kids. The other kids may not be able to play with them because of their disabilities but the mere presence of the toys would give them joy. Like my daughter, just seeing Mickey Mouse will give her overwhelming joy. They may not be able to play with the toys, but just seeing them will give them great happiness).
In behalf of the STAC Community, both Nanay Noemi and Nanay Annalie express their deepest gratitude for giving their community a chance to experience the fun of play. The children with special needs, like Nanay Annalie’s daughter, Deanne Claire, who has cerebral palsy, may not be able to fully enjoy the toys, but their happiness remains to be overflowing knowing that there are people who truly care for them.
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).