Children of the 80s grew up reading The Nancy Drew Files, Goosebumps and Sweet Valley High series. The late 90s introduced us to the very first Harry Potter book. I remember the frustration of not being among the first people to own every book of the series because they were always sold out as soon as they become available at National Bookstore. I thought that was unfortunate. I was wrong. Mr. Ramil Sumangil, founder and managing director of Books for a Cause made me realize what the word unfortunate really means when I participated in one of his advocacy events. I learned that there are thousands of children living in remote and depressed areas who have no access to books.
No access to books. Eeekkk.
Books for a Cause advocacy started when Mr. Ramil Sumangil was invited by his former teacher in Nueva Ecija to deliver an inspirational talk to the graduating class of Baloy Elementary School. When he returned to his alma mater, he learned that the school doesn’t have a decent library and the children don’t have access to books. He brought old reference books and encyclopedias he collected from family members and friends and initiated the Books for a Cause first project, the Baloy Community Library. Since then, more than 25 Munting Aklatan has been installed in different parts of the country.
Books for a Cause is celebrating its 5th year of sharing on April 1, 2016. They will be bringing books to the kids of Sawata in Navotas City. Sawata is an area alongside the bay where informal settlers reside.
Books are meant to be read and not gather dusts on the bookshelves. Be a part of the Books for a Cause advocacy by donating your old books. The children who cannot afford to buy books will benefit from your books. To know more about Books for a Cause, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/booksforacauseph/
Drop your book donations at the following venues:
BOOKS FOR A CAUSE – Taguig
c/o Ramil E. Sumangil
414 Barcelona, Vista de Lago
Tuktukan, Taguig City
Mobile: 0929-808-2664; 0977-173-9628
DROP OFF POINTS:
BOOKS FOR A CAUSE – Galas, Quezon City
c/o Catherine Advincula-Fernandez
St. Pio Printing Services
44 Plaridel St., Brgy. Dona Aurora, Galas, Quezon City
(across Banawe St. near E. Rodriguez)
BOOKS FOR A CAUSE – UP Diliman, Quezon City
c/o Ms. Sarah
Art Circle Cafe
Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City