Saturday, December 21, 2013

"Libro Mo, Inspirasyon Ko" Receives award from Smart's PayItForward

Smile Movement's project "Libro Mo, Inspirasyon Ko"(LMIK) gained the approval of the judges of the recently concluded PayItForward second round of competition by Smart Communications, Inc.
The PayItForward competition was created to recognized organizations and individuals doing philanthropic works or activities for the communities in the country. The competition recognized 10 organizations as winner from over 40 participants.

The Libro Mo, Inspirasyon Ko project won the second round of the competition that run from December 3 to 10. Each winner received Five Coby Kyros tablets, a Smart Broadband Pocket Wifi, 3,000.00 worth of loads and 50,000 cash prizes.

The Program was open to individuals and groups that have programs or projects that have the potential to bring more benefits to the communities with the help of technology.

The competition was to present the group or individual's advocacy in a 3-minute video that shows the their mission or goal, what the project is all about, who the stakeholders are, the impact of the project on the community. It also includes future plans and how technology can help achieve these goals. In a nutshell, the project requires each group tell their good deeds and how technology will allow them to do more of it.

Smile Movement, Inc. presented the "Libro Mo, Inspirasyon Ko" project in a three-minute video containing the past recipients of the book drive that aims to build libraries in isolated schools in Cordillera, now on its second year. The LMIK project was started in October 2012 by individuals who wanted to help develop school children's love for reading by providing the isolated schools additional reading materials and encourage them to read more through short-story and poetry reading.

The organization has already brought books to Nine schools in Benguet, Ifugao and Mountain Province. Book donations came from private schools, publishing companies and private individuals who supported the project. Transportation and food allowances are shouldered by voluntary donations and from the group members' own pockets.

The prize the group received will greatly help the group's advocacy to distribute the books they received to other schools in the Cordillera outskirts.

The entry of the group was also helped by groups and individual who voted for the entry. Voting consist 30% for the criteria for selection of winners.  Criteria for selection of winners are as follows: 25% - Impact of the project in the community; 20% - Novelty of the project; 25% - Proposed use of technology; 30% - Votes. Total: 100%

Other winners who received the Smart technology package are the following:

U.P. Sandigan - project name "Tubig na Malinis ang Aming Nais":  a group of UP Manila pharmacy students who installed a water filtration system to benefit an Aeta community.

 Jeynard Caro - project name "Sinekalikasan": Sinekalikasan teaches students to take photos, videos and to edit them and turn into documentaries.

Johnnito G. Peradilla - project name "Help PNS": Teacher and club adviser leads a group in running a scholarship program, supported by foster parents and other sponsors.

Sining Bahandi Youth Film Makers - project name "Likhang-Indie Sine Para sa Kabataan": A teacher empowers hones students to become future filmmakers through workshop capped with their own film festival.

U! Happy Events - project name "Outreach Activities": U! Happy Events assists anyone who wants to hold personal charitable events.

Kent Ian Vargas - project name "BaZero": BaZero Project eliminates garbage by peer to peer education on waste segregation and upcycling, which is another income for the students.

Teacher Rosemarie I do - project name "Project Aral at Kalikasan": A teacher dedicates her Saturdays to holding literacy and basic computer lessons to members of the Dumagat tribe.

Uswag Calahunan Livelihood Association (UCLA)- project name "UCLA Paper Beads and Handicrafts": LGU employees of Iloilo City puts up a livelihood program for communities whose lives depend on garbage collection.

Grasya Bangoy - project name "Travel with a Purpose": She travels with a purpose, volunteering and implementing social projects of donors.

Story by Carl C. Taawan