He happily chooses one toy after the other. He laughs goofily as he and his friends try to fool one another. He incessantly smiles as he discovers how the toy he picks works. One can never notice that JM, 9 years old, experienced one of the most tragic typhoon that hit the country last November 2013. As he started to recall how the typhoon Yolanda wrecked their home, JM quickly sums up how his family survived and abruptly returns to his play, scanning over the shelves, looking for another toy to play with.
Ms. Anna Marie Albaladejo, the VAWC (Violence Against Women and Children) desk officer of Brgy. Banica in Roxas City, Capiz, sees the toy library put up in their barangay as a counselling room for their children, like JM, who experienced the terror of Yolanda. “Maganda na nagkaroon kami ng toy library dahil mas makakatulong ito sa pagdedebrief at pagdedestress ng mga bata” (It’s good that we have a toy library because it will help in the debriefing and distressing of the children), Ms. Anna shares on how the toy library will help them in their barangay. The toy library will be of much assistance to their psychosocial normalizing activity, every Saturdays and Sundays, that they have started to conduct last December 2013.
Ms. Anna and the rest of the Barangay Officials firmly believe how play can help in the recovery of their children abused and affected by natural calamities. In time, JM and his other friends will fully get over from the disturbance left by Yolanda.
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).