When we first envisioned our One Year Blogiversary, we knew what we were in for: the logistical nightmare with three countries involved, the shipping costs, the challenge of bringing the books to the children in Samar. And we have tried to anticipate all that by planning ahead, documenting everything, and making sure that everything is accounted for and shared with everyone. What I did not anticipate was this outpouring of support, encouragement, and love through books.
I have personally scoured my own bookshelves, bargain stores here in Singapore to donate 100 books. Here is my family’s donation:
From Janus Education Services, 80 books in all (thanks to Catherine Khoo and Carlo Venson for organizing everything!).
These books were donated by a Filipino based here in Singapore, Gladys Pacis (17 books, 8 magazines). Thank you so much Gladys.
These are the lovely books shared by Maureen and Doug Neihart (37 books)!
A Filipino Lecturer from my Institution, Tracey Alviar, also donated five of her own books and asked some of her colleagues if they have any books to spare – and we received 17 more books and 8 magazines!
I am also immensely grateful to the National Book Development Council of Singapore/ SG Book Council/ Asian Festival of Children’s Content for donating four huge boxes of luscious books to our project (approximately 220 titles in all – some of them have never been opened!). Before I flew to Penang last Friday for a conference, they have managed to leave a message for me on Facebook about their donation – and last Monday they have donated yet another box! Thank you so much Mr. Rama and Jade for arranging this and making this possible. The kids and the teachers in Samar would truly be very happy with all these lovely titles.