Nanay Tei only wants what’s best for Lala, her 16-year-old daughter, who has a special need. She shares that she transferred Lala to F. Serrano Sr. Elementary School in Parañaque, one of the several public schools in the Metro that offer Special Education (SPED) classes to children with special needs. Nanay Tei believes that transferring Lala to F. Serrano Sr. Elementary School is a good decision she has made because her daughter will be exposed into a different kind of environment — an environment that would make Lala be an independent girl. Knowing what’s best for Lala also means letting her do things on her own. Of course, she looks after her daughter, butNanay Tei makes sure that she gradually gives her independence knowing the fact that, “We will not be here for her forever”. Nanay Tei is very proud of Lala’s significant improvements, and that could be attributed in letting Lala ‘fly’ on her own.
Having the toy library set up in the school, especially that it is dedicated to Special Education students like Lala, Nanay Tei is confident that Lala will do much better because of the learning opportunity that the toy library will provide. With the presence of the toys, most of them new to their eyes, the children’s curiosity will be constantly stirred and awakened. She believes that her daughter, as well as the other kids with special needs, will be able to develop themselves more as they regularly do play therapy in the new toy library.
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 70 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).