From my cousin, Ana
allow me to share a spring cleaning idea through which you can also help the less fortunate. most of us lament the state of the philippine education system. one of the reasons being that there is such poor access to quality books. my very generous, socially minded cousin martin recently introduced me to the acts of hope for the nation (ahon) foundation. ahon has set a goal of collection one million books for donation to public elementary schools, particularly those in depressed areas. the books need not be new at all. ahon will take almost any type of book, new or old.(they should be intact, of course.) it can even arrange pick-up of your donations. thus, if you are cleaning up around the house, you might want to consider ahon as a beneficiary for your no longer needed reading materials.for those of you who have children, this might be a good pre-summer activity to make the shelves clear for summer reading. maybe the free shelves are needed for the psp or the wii?
from some other kind-hearted friends abroad, i got the idea that since so many of them shop very energetically whilst here, they arrive in manila with extra suitcases filled with toys, books and clothes to donate when they arrive. they then go back home with the same luggage filled with all their finds. ahon also has an adopt a library and a scholarship programme through “pathways”, a related organization. more details on the scholarship programme below. for those who are in the position to share even more, “pathways” is a most worthy endeavour.
if you would like to contact ahon, its contact details are as follows:
3rd floor, topy’s place, industria corner economia streets bagumbayan 1100 quezon city, metro manila phone: (02) 683-0262, local 106 or 109 email: firstname.lastname@example.org blog site: www.ahonfoundation.blogspot.com donating old books is such an easy way to share. if you are interested in learning about the pathways scholarship programme, these are the contact details:
contact person: solvie nubla
phone: (02) 426-6001, locals 4048 and 4049