|This toy library is put up on stilts. Photo from the Philippine Toy Library
MANILA, Philippines – Zamboanga City is now home to its second “toy library,” which aims to give joy to Filipino kids in the community.
The toy library is put up on stilts, similar to the rest of the houses in Sitio Layag-Layag, a fishing community.
The Philippine Toy Library (PTL), the Tzu Chi Foundation and the Yellow Boat Foundation teamed up for the project, which uses toy donations.
“PTL brought balikbayan boxes full of toys and children’s books,” PTL president Edsel Ramirez said in a statement. “We asked donations through social media. Friends chipped in and people we haven’t met sent their old toys as well.”
“We were touched by the story of hope and strength of the community. For the first time, the children saw building blocks and manipulative toys!” Ramirez added.
For his part, Tzu Chi Zamboanga coordinator and Yellow Boat of Hope co-founder and president Anton Mari Lim said: “Every child deserves the chance to play and have fun.”
Meanwhile, PTL is calling for donations to build in three other areas in the country: Payatas in Quezon City, Culion in Palawan, and Mariki in Zamboanga.
The group is also accepting old toys, children’s books, art materials, shelves, tables and chairs, rubber matting, paint and other items.
For more information, visit http://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com.