We have been planning for our 1st Year Anniversary this coming June-July 2011 since November of 2010. I thought that it would be a wonderful idea to have an actual gathering of books to benefit a few public schools in the province of Samar.
I have a firsthand knowledge of how inadequate (or is it nonexistent) the libraries are in Samar since I have done a number of teacher training workshops when I visited last 2009 (see my reflections about that experience here). It pains my heart to see how dismal the situation is in a lot of remote provinces in the Philippines. Instead of remaining dismayed and disappointed though, we felt that the three of us could use our home, GatheringBooks as a vehicle through which we could do a bit of community service. We would like to call on anyone who would wish to donate a few used (or new) books – we would be deeply appreciative of books that you would be willing to share.
I will be visiting the Philippines this July and I am hoping that we would be able to give at least 250 books each to four public schools (1000 books in all) while my family and I are in Samar. Here are the target schools:
- Calbiga Elementary School, Contact Person: Natividad Gosto
- Macaalan Elementary School, Contact Person: Baby Lou Daclag
- San Luis Elementary School, Contact Person: Ignatia B. Flosa
- Sabang Elementary School, Contact Person: Mrs. Elsa Bacuetes
|Schools||Sabang Elementary School – Elsa Bacuetes||San Luis Elementary School – Ignatia B. Flosa||Calbiga Elementary School – Natividad Gosto||Macaalan Elementary School – Baby Lou Daclag|
|Reading/ Language related textbooks /worksheets (P1-P6)|
|Math textbooks (P1-P6)|
|Science textbooks (P1-P6)|
|Teacher Resources/ Teaching Materials/ Dictionary|
|Reference Materials/ Encyclopedia/ Educational Magazines|
|Children’s Books/ Picture Books/ Classics|
|Chapter Books/ YA fiction|
Further News Flash for our One Year Anniversary – More Book Giveaways to BookBlogger Friends
To answer your unasked question, we are splitting the four books (awww, I know) across four individuals/winners – we are throwing them away to the wind – and maybe you can all find each other to put the pieces together. These four books for giveaway are courtesy of Evermore Bookstore. So if you wish to have a chance to receive our luscious giveaway (open to all), share your link as a comment on this announcement post until 30 June 2011 and we shall announce the winners by the first week of July. Mary, Fats and Myself would choose our winners, while the fourth one would be chosen at random.
It’s going to be a fun fun first year for all of us! =)