Stories of courage, hope, kindness, strength, democracy, resiliency in the midst of despair, love of country are some of the themes I hope to find in books written for children. I have visited Adarna House a few months back and I appreciate that there are already writers who are creating such stories for children.
Reading books develop a child's imagination and critical thinking. Their horizons are broadened through reading different kinds of books. This is why I encourage parents to enjoy telling stories and reading books to their children.
(Children in ABAKADA Storytelling session photo credit: Amy Muga)
If you would like to give books to the children of urban poor families, consider donating to Aklatang Bata sa Komunidad (Community Children's Library). This project is spearheaded by Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), a nation-wide alliance of urban poor organizations; the Center of People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) Inc., and the Kalayag Foundation Incorporated. The ABAKADA project aims to establish community-based libraries in urban poor communities in the entire archipelago.
Donations for the books and scholarships may also be deposited through the account of CenPEG, Inc. Kindly see the banner above for details.