Sunday, January 8, 2012

Books Distribution at Sto. Tomas

Sto. Tomas is home of Bituen and the volunteers. We have been lucky to establish the first Reading & Information Center in Sto. Tomas since April 2011. A public library, it is also connected online and where pupils, the students, and the public come to learn, get update from their relatives abroad, and become aware of what is going on around the world. Incidentally, the project was able to make it to the provincial Siglat Search level, and the volunteers were told that it was visited by the Siglat Search team (Ilocos Sur). In this Reading Caravan, we included a chess competition due to insistent public demand (mainly by the male kids), so, we also provided the chess winners some books to read. Part of their prizes were free lecture and orientation on computer use and internet browsing. Keep the books coming.
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Carusipan, Cabugao

(October 17, 2011)
During rainy season, it is a challenge to go to Carusipan, Cabugao, in Ilocos Sur. There is a hanging bridge which could scare a pseudo-acrophobe like me...

So, we opted to hop and balance against the stone bridge(s) on the widened river instead.

There were already many parents and children at the area when we arrived. But the participants were eager, and so were the volunteers.

The participants were from the barangay's elementary school which is also beside the river. Many of them still need improvement based on their level. However, there were a few who were well-adjusted and with high comprehension skills.

It was during the distribution of books that we saw once again the happy faces of the children. All who participated were given books while those who showed more effort to read and re-tell in vernacular (ilocano) what they read were given more books.

We look forward to get more (colorful) book donations and reach out to more underprivileged children.

Happy sharing!

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