[photos courtesy of AHON Foundation]

IT’S been said that a library is a “hospital for the mind,” but in a country mired in educational woes, these “hospitals” themselves need rehabilitation.

While providing basic educational services — like a library or a reading room — is a governmental function, civic-minded organizations like AHON Foundation have stepped up to the plate and contributed time, energy and resources to put up functional, well-maintained, and child-friendly libraries.

The foundation has started in Marikina and plans to replicate what it has done to Industrial Valley Elementary School (IVES) to all the country’s 37, 161 public elementary schools.

Mobilizing community participation, AHON is turning its hope for a nation of readers into reality.

Read on at pcij.org.

2 Responses to Libraries of hope


Maximo P. Fabella

June 10th, 2007 at 9:29 am

The concept of a reading library is not new. Would you believe there is even one in Banton, Romblon? Banton is a small island. It is called the Faustino Fabella reading library. I should know. I donated books there.

A few years back, a group of Jacksonville FL Filipinos, went over the discards of the Duval Co. public school. Duval county change books, every two years. It was shipped, bulk mail to the Phil.

I believe an American lady was doing something like Books for the Barrios, it was shipped by the US navy as a public relations gesture.

My suggestion: tap the resources of AYALA Foundation USA. Or, you may interest the officers of NFAYA, chair Loida Nicholas Lewis (the billionaire).


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