Monday, August 17, 2009
AUSTRALIANS DONATE TO A-BOOK-SAYA
Friends, here's a letter my daughter Arizza Ann Nocum, a third year student of the Philippine Scince High School, wrote to Ms Asinas, the angel who linked us up with caring friends from Australia.
Good day, Ms. Asinas!
My name is Arizza, and I am the daughter of Armand Nocum—the man who put up the A-Book-Saya group.
In behalf of him, I would like to extend my gratitude for the books you have given us.
I have just seen the Perth-Manila Book Project blog, and, personally, I congratulate you for having such an impactful campaign. Shaping civil society through books sounds like it requires utmost dedication; but I see that you have been truly successful with the assistance and support of service-oriented individuals from Manila and Perth.
Seeing what your campaign is achieving now, I am sure that you know the value of books, out of all people.
I am 14 years old; and eight or so years ago, the first Harry Potter book came out. My dad bought me the book in order to introduce me to the wonderful world of children’s fiction. True enough, I became engulfed in a world I never thought had existed; but I did not only learn that words and sentences could offer so much to my imagination, I also learned some principles, like how much the youth can do in the name of bravery and selflessness.
If that much can be learned from a single book, you can imagine the positive impact dozens of the books you have donated could make on a child.
Furthermore: with every book you gave us that a child may one day open, we issue a message of thanks. With the possibility that one of the many children who visit our library may someday turn to a principled world of science or math—that he did not know existed—instead of the world of war that right in front of his eyes, you understand that we are indebted to your support for helping us realize our goal.
Last April 6, you may have heard that we celebrated the soft opening of the Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (KRIS). It was such a delight to see the multitude of Christian and Muslim children at the library that day. They were eagerly checking out the books and tinkering with the computers—in fact, some of them claim to have used a computer for the first time.
In order to sustain that many children in our library the whole summer, we decided to facilitate computer lessons which 120 children have signed up for already. In addition, we promised scholarship grants to 50 children who will be visiting the library at least 25 times. Specifically, we will only be paying for the enrolment fee which is about P500. For those kids who visit less frequently, we will be rewarding them with school materials and older books.
However, about a hundred have promised to visit frequently to get the grant, and we really are in need of assistance.
That is why, in conclusion, we thank you again so much for the books you have given and are planning to give.
May we someday see our efforts into fruition! God Bless, Ms. Asinas!