Friday, October 19, 2012
“Libro Mo, Inspirasyon ko” Book Drive Benefited Two Schools in Benguet
The “Libro mo, Inspirasyon ko” was initiated by several online organizations. Originally, they were hoping to gather enough books to bring to Camilo Lucaben Elementary School in Madaymen where the school is still starting to build their library. With their online campaign, they were able to gather more than enough books to benefit two schools.
The new high school in Natubleng where teachers are also starting to build their library were given their share of books. Both school beneficiaries still have to create bookshelves for the books, the highschool in Natubleng even have to borrow a building for their offices and library.
Donations came from groups and individuals in the locality and from Bulacan, Manila and all the way from Hongkong, Europe and Australia. Among the donations were four complete sets of encyclopedia, 300 textbooks, several boxes of story books and magazines including transportation and food allowance.
Francis Simeon, one of the group leaders said the project is a big success. “With different projects we supported like concerts for causes and blood drives, this one is a good start to address also the educational needs of our growing number of school children,” he said.
Biggest donation came from Kairuz café by the Licdan family who donated the encyclopedia sets and several story books that were divided for the two schools. Other donations came from I Love Cordillera group, FB cooks group and other groups and individuals who requested not to be named.
This is just the start of the project of these groups to help build the libraries of far flung barangays in the Cordilleras. The next drive is scheduled for January and June next year where the group is hoping to gather enough books to benefit more schools in preparation for the next school year.
The drive was accompanied by 22 leaders from different groups namely I Love Cordillera, Decat, Luzon14, Smile Movement, Interactive Cordillera, Association of Small Groups on Facebook which comprised of about 10 small groups and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of Baguio.
After the turnover of books, an educational short film was shown to the kids followed by a short lecture on proper hygiene by Elmer Balbalin of EMS. The group also decided to launch the Cordillera Smile Movement in this isolated school with the The project theme “Libro Mo, Inspirasyon Ko” is initiated to develop school children’s love for reading.
Carl C. Taawan