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Resettlement Area to Build a Toy Center for Healing and Moving Forward
Sendong Survivors Rise to Address Children’s Therapy and Healing

The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is calling for donations of old toys and children’s books to build a toy library for Sendong Survivors in Cagayan de Oro.

Cagayan de Oro, Philippines – As Walt Disney said, “Keep moving forward.”  This is what the people of Cagayan de Oro are doing right now.  After the devastation from Typhoon Sendong last year, which claimed families and property, the survivors have slowly gotten back in rebuilding their lives.

Ateneo de Cagayan – Xavier University has donated land for resettlement areas to those who were affected by the tragedy.  Called Xavier Ecoville, the resettlement in Lumbia has included building a toy center in their plans for intervention for their children, who experienced so much at their young age.

“Last year, I personally went to CDO during the relief operations and I witnessed their suffering,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez shares.  “Let’s help their children move on from the tragedy through creating a space where they can heal and play.”

The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations of toys and children’s books.  Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers in Porac and Sasmuan, Pampanga, Dapdap, Quezon, Palawan, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur.  Drop off points are in Quezon City (KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines offices), Alabang, Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore branches), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and YSP offices).

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

Philippine Toy Library
With just a social media status, a national advocacy was born.  PTL is a group of volunteer-friends who came together and took on the challenge of providing the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially who live in cramped and congested areas.  PTL transforms idle spaces in baranggays/schools/parishes into fun and educational playrooms to keep off kids from the streets.  Currently, PTL has three sites and more are being organized to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com

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The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is calling for donations of old toys and children’s books to build a toy library for indigenous children in Patalon, Zamboanga.

Zamboanga, Philippines – They are called as river people, where the name of the Subanon tribe comes from.  They are natives to the Zamboanga Peninsula in the western part of the Mindanao island.  However, they are now living in the mountains due to the migration of Muslim groups.

They are now asking for help from fellow Filipinos in the early childhood development of their children.  PTL is partnering with the Ateneo de Zamboanga University and Youth Solidarity for Peace to build a toy center for their mission school.

“We are asking for help from those who have good hearts to help the indigenous children from the South,” Fr. Willy Samson, SJ appeals to the public.  “We’d like to give an opportunity for all children to experience a meaningful and joyful childhood.”

“The IP sector usually receives little help due to their distance from cities,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez describes.  “We welcome this partnership to show the Subanon tribe that they are not forgotten by their Filipino brothers and sisters.”

On a vacation abroad with the family, Ramirez, 38, was struck with the availability of parks and playgrounds for children in their communities.  Thus, he posted a status on his social media site asking for donations of old toys, children’s books, and materials for building the first Philippine Toy Library in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations of toys and children’s books.  Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers in Porac and Sasmuan, Pampanga, Dapdap, Quezon, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga Peninsula.  Drop off points are in Quezon City (KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines offices), Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and YSP offices).

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

Philippine Toy Library

With just a social media status, a national advocacy was born.  PTL is a group of volunteer-friends who came together and took on the challenge of providing the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially who live in cramped and congested areas.  PTL transforms idle spaces in baranggays/schools/parishes into fun and educational playrooms to keep off kids from the streets.  Currently, PTL has three sites and more are being organized to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com

 

Ateneo de Zamboanga

The Ateneo de Zamboanga began in 1912 as Escuela Catolica, a parochial school run by Spanish Jesuits with Fr. Manuel Sauras, S.J. as the first director. In 1916, the Escuela Catolica became the Ateneo de Zamboanga.

In 1930, the American Jesuits took over from the Spanish Jesuits with Fr. Thomas Murray, S.J. as the first American director. The first high school students graduated from Ateneo in 1932.

The school was closed during World War II and reopened in 1947 with a nipa-sawali building on a new site outside the poblacion called Jardin de Chino along Camino Nuevo. And in 1948, the school was officially recognized as a Jesuit school separate from the parish.

The post liberation years were a period of rapid physical, curricular, and enrollment expansion for the school. A college was established in 1952 and the graduate school in 1976.

In the 1980s, Fr. Ernesto A. Carretero, SJ started the work to acquire for the Ateneo de Zamboanga a university status. The years of hard work finally paid off when, on August 20, 2001, the Ateneo de Zamboanga was declared a university by the Commission on Higher Education under the leadership of

Fr. William H. Kreutz, SJ. The current University President is Fr. Antonio F Moreno, SJ who continues the tradition of articulating the thrust of the Ateneo de Zamboanga, she being the Jesuit University in Western Mindanao.

The year 2012 is a significant year in the heartbeat of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University for it is her centennial jubilee. A hundred years of striving for academic excellence, of embracing Ignatian Spirituality, and of engaged citizenship.

The motto of the University summarizes all of these: Pro Deo et Patria (For God and Country) hence, for all that has been done, is being done and for future endeavors, it is and will for always be in the service of God and Country.

Website: www.adzu.edu.ph

 

Youth Solidarity for Peace

YSP was formally established in 2008, stemming from a youth movement advocating the Culture of Peace and fighting against discrimination across cultures like Muslims, Yakans, Christians and Indigenous People.  In an area perceived to be conflict-ridden, YSP now serves as the youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ).


The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) launches its second toy center in Zamboanga City together with Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP). 

Now, old toys and children’s books will be tools to promote peace.  “We are grateful and humbled at the same time as we are going to contribute in the educating our children about the benefits of dialogue and solidarity,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez shares.  “They are worthy of beautiful childhood memories filled with laughter and joy, not with conflict and misunderstanding.”

The families from Brgy. Mariki came from different areas of conflict in the South where they chose to start new lives away from fear for their own lives everyday.  YSP, composed of young Mindanaoans passionate for peace, spearheaded the campaign a few months back through social media and creative communication techniques.

“On this International Day of Peace (September 21, 2012), we emphasize that peace and unity are more powerful forces than conflict and misunderstanding,” YSP Chairman of the Board Christian Olasiman declares.  “A toy center provides the symbol of joy and imagination.  May these children be agents of innovative change in the future.”

“The goal is peace and the tools are toys,” Ateneo de Zamboanga Student Volunteer Ian Carlo Leyte narrates.  “The awe in the children’s faces as they saw all the colorful toys and books lined up and waiting for them was inspiring and gratifying. It was like Christmas for them.”

Through social media, PTL has slowly created a movement of netizens that commit to giving Filipino kids proper play experience.  “PTL brought balikbayan boxes full of toys and children’s books,” Ramirez narrates.  “We asked donations through social media.  Friends chipped in and people we haven’t met sent their old toys as well.”

Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers in Dapdap, Quezon, Ecoville, Cagayan de Oro, Patalon, Zamboanga and Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur.  Drop off points are in Quezon City (offices of KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City (offices of Youth Solidarity for Peace, Ateneo de Zamboanga and Tzu Chi Foundation).

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

 

Philippine Toy Library (PTL)

With just a social media status, a national advocacy was born.  PTL is a group of volunteer-friends who came together and took on the challenge of providing the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially who live in cramped and congested areas.  PTL transforms idle spaces in baranggays/schools/parishes into fun and educational playrooms to keep off kids from the streets.  Currently, PTL has three sites and more are being organized to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com

 

Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP)

YSP was formally established in 2008, stemming from a youth movement advocating the Culture of Peace and fighting against discrimination across cultures like Muslims, Yakans, Christians and Indigenous People.  In an area perceived to be conflict-ridden, YSP now serves as the youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ).

 


The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is calling for donations of old toys and children’s books to build a toy library for Visayan and indigent children in Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur.

Lakewood. How romantic.

In reality, not quite.  Lakewood is about two hundred sixty kilometers off Zamboanga City; it would take seven hours of bus ride to reach the municipality. A lake is in the center and the communities residing are living below the poverty line.

An unassuming and quiet community, four thousand children have limited access to toys and children’s books.  They are now asking for your donations to have a meaningful play experience.  PTL has partnered with Yellow Boats of Hope Foundation for this project to build a toy center for them.

“I have been working with the community for four years now and we have tried to be creative in our resources,” Yellow Boat Lakewood Coordinator John Michael Dellariarte shares.  “We built a half way house as a lying-in center made of plastic pet bottles with the community.  A floating toy library would be a challenge!”

Social media activism is on the rise.  On a vacation abroad with the family, PTL President Edsel Ramirez, 38, was struck with the availability of parks and playgrounds for children in their communities.  Thus, he posted a status on his social media site asking for donations of old toys, children’s books, and materials for building the first Philippine Toy Library in Quezon City.

Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers.  The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations to build in Dapdap, Quezon, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga Sibugay and Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur.  Drop off points are in Quezon City (offices of KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City.

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

 

 

Philippine Toy Library

With just a social media status, a national advocacy was born.  PTL is a group of volunteer-friends who came together and took on the challenge of providing the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially who live in cramped and congested areas.  PTL transforms idle spaces in baranggays/schools/parishes into fun and educational playrooms to keep off kids from the streets.  Currently, PTL has three sites and more are being organized to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com

 

Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation

In November 2010, the Zamboanga Funds for Little Kids was organized to help kids who swim to school in the village of Layag-Layag, Brgy. Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City.  In June 2011, the Masbate Funds for Little Kids was also organized to help kids who swim to school in Isla Mababoy, Brgy. Guinhadap, Monreal, Masbate.  In July 2011, we decided to form the Philippine Funds for Little Kids as an umbrella organization seeking out all kids who swim to school in the Philippines and help them and their communities. You can email us at philippine.funds@gmail.com for inquiries and reports on areas where kids swim to school.  It is our belief that together we can build the country of our dreams for our children, for our families, for our people.

Website: http://yellowboat.tumblr.com/

 

Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP)

YSP was formally established in 2008, stemming from a youth movement advocating the Culture of Peace and fighting against discrimination across cultures like Muslims, Yakans, Christians and Indigenous People.  In an area perceived to be conflict-ridden, YSP now serves as the youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ).



The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is calling for donations of old toys and children’s books to build a toy library for a barangay in Zamboanga City.

Social media is creating a movement of nation builders and advocates online.  With the recent monsoon rains, Filipinos all over the world helped out locate people in danger and in need of rescue, coordinated donations and relief operations.

It is that same power that the Philippine Toy Library is trying to harness with its dream – to build toy centers nationwide.  PTL is now asking netizens to build a toy library in Mariki, Zamboanga City.

“We call on all Filipinos to go to their attics and bodega, clear out closets and donate your old toys and children’s books,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez shares.  “Your old stuff can bring good memories to the present Filipino kids.”

PTL has partnered with Youth Solidarity for Peace in building a toy center for Mariki, Zamboanga.  “The children of Mariki are excited with the news of having a toy library on their own,” YSP Chairman of the Board Christian Olasiman narrates.  “Let’s give them the opportunity to experience play and fun that will help in their early childhood development.”

PTL Mariki is currently calling for donations of toys, learning materials, shelves and bins and other materials for refurbishing their center.

Kindly send donations to:

Youth Solidarity for Peace – Peace Advocates of Zamboanga
2/F SLSI Building, San Jose Road, Zamboanga City

Fr. Eusebio Salvador, SJ and Fr. William Kreutz, SJ campuses
Ateneo de Zamboanga University

Or contact Christian Olasiman (+63927.238.7563), Harvey Falcasantos (+63916.726.0340) and Robert Basco (+63935.170.4001).

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

Philippine Toy Library (PTL)

With just a social media status, a national advocacy was born.  PTL is a group of volunteer-friends who came together and took on the challenge of providing the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially who live in cramped and congested areas.  PTL transforms idle spaces in baranggays/schools/parishes into fun and educational playrooms to keep off kids from the streets.  Currently, PTL has three sites and more are being organized to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com

 

Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP)

YSP was formally established in 2008, stemming from a youth movement advocating the Culture of Peace and fighting against discrimination across cultures like Muslims, Yakans, Christians and Indigenous People.  In an area perceived to be conflict-ridden, YSP now serves as the youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ).