Apr 27, 2015

AHON Brings More Joy to Children

MARCH 6, 2015, NUEVA VIZCAYA — Two libraries in Bayombong and Villaverde were newly refurbished thanks to AHON Foundation and its partner organizations. The new partner schools, La Torre Elementary School and Bintawan South Elementary School, were recommended by Former Mayor of Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya. The inauguration proved to be a success as school officials, students, and their parents celebrated their schools’ new libraries with much joy and excitement.

Aside from the book delivery and inauguration of the library, the children were also delighted by the storytelling activity conducted by volunteers from the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, Excel Center for Educational Leadership and the Jesse Robredo Foundation. Both the children and the volunteer storytellers truly enjoyed the storytelling session, and created a bond among the students in a short amount of time.

Volunteers and children posing as "Pikpakbum" and "Tiktaktok"

Currently, AHON Foundation continues its search for more schools to partner with and provide more libraries to. AHON Foundation is still accepting children’s books, storybooks, and reference books for their book drives to be given to more public elementary schools around the country.

Mar 30, 2015

AHON Foundation Continues to Give

AHON Foundation opened the first quarter of the year right by setting up two new libraries in Manila and Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. Sta. Rita Elementary School in Manila was inaugurated on January 8, 2015, while J. Zamora Elementary School in Cabiao had its inaugurating session on January 13, 2015, only a week after Sta. Rita. The foundation continues to seek out prospective partner schools for their Adopt-A-Library Project, under the support of Ms. Lissa Murillo. Early this January, AHON Foundation visited two schools in Nueva Vizcaya: La Torre Elementary School in Bayombong, and Bintawan South Elementary School in Villaverde,  in the hope of partnering with them for the said project.

These acts of generosity and kindness that rang in the new year did not stop there. Last January 28, 2015, AHON Foundation received its own blessings in the form of a box filled with varied books, from storybooks, to novels, to text books. This package was graciously sent by Mr. Nicamil Sanchez of the Australian Catholic University Postgraduate Association. The books in the box were then donated to Picab Elementary School in Infanta, Quezon. The happiness was evident among the local government units, teachers, parents, and especially the children when they received the donated books. A short ceremonial turn-over followed after.

Currently, AHON Foundation is planning on partnering with Iba Central School located in Zambales. The foundation intends to open a library in the said school to commemorate the late Pastor Pastores, one of the school’s alumnus. The family of JudgePastor Pastores would like to help make improvements in the school their patriarch grew up in, and preserve his memory. 

Other schools visited by AHON Foundation were ones located in Iriga City. Target opening of libraries set for these schools is April 2015.  The principals in both schools visited in Iriga City accepted the one-month refurbishing challenge, with the help of their city’s former mayor, Ms. Madeleine Alfelor-Gazmen.

Nov 10, 2014

Bringing the joy of reading to children in Pampanga

Children must be given the opportunity to learn more beyond the four corners of a classroom, and school libraries are one of the efficient ways that can help facilitate this. The quality of education of public elementary school students are embedded in the kind of facilities and resources that are accessible to them. One of the primary facilities that a school should have is a functional library. However, many public elementary schools still do not have libraries, and those that do have yet to make their libraries child-friendly and functional. Thus, it is no longer surprising that we continue to still have many non-readers in our public schools.

The Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation responds to this need by opening more public elementary school libraries around the Philippines to provide Filipino children with relevant opportunities so they may gain more knowledge by practicing a culture of reading.

Recently, AHON Foundation together with former Pampanga Gov. Eddie “Among Ed” Panlilio and Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, opened two (2) child-friendly libraries in public schools in Pampanga – San Agustin Integrated School in San Fernando and San Juan Nepomuceno Elementary School in Guagua. The whole community, including the local government officials, barangay officers, alumni, PTA members and other stakeholders, attended the inauguration.
Unlike other groups who just donate books, AHON’s main condition for its donating more than P 350,000.00 worth of brand new books per school is for the community to work together to renovate and refurbish its existing library. This would mean providing enough tables, chairs and shelves that children can use as well as providing adequate lighting and ventilation that would make learning conducive for every child.
“Nagpapasalamat po kami na natupad na ang aming hiling na magkaroon ng library itong eskwelahan,” said Mrs. Marie Grace Ramos, Principal of San Agustin Integrated School.

According to Mrs. Leilani Capati, Principal of San Juan Nepomuceno Elementary School, they really want to put up a library but they do not have enough resources.
“Mabuti na lang po at andiyan kayo para tulungan kami sa matagal na naming pinapangarap na library. Makakatulong po talaga ito sa mga bata,” she said. Among Ed Panlilio, the former governor of the Province of Pampanga, stated that, “Kung ‘di lang din sa kooperasiyon niyong lahat, hindi tayo magkakaroon ng library. Congatulations sa inyong lahat!”

On a related note, Sen. Guingona said, “Napakaswerte ninyo dahil mayroon na kayong ganitong kagagandang libro na maaaring magamit sa inyong pag-aaral. Sana ay huwag ninyong sayangin ito dahil ang edukasyon at pagbabasa ay ang susi sa mas magandang kinabukasan para sa inyong lahat.”
Even when libraries are provided, they cannot be functional if the children are not encouraged to enter the library and read the books that are now accessible to them. Mr. Hector O. Tagaysay, Chairman of AHON Foundation, encouraged the children to read the books and promised them that AHON will replace the books if they become worn-out.

To date, AHON Foundation opened 110 public elementary school libraries in different places such as La Union, Nueva Ecija, Camarines Sur, Quezon, Bulacan, Pampanga, Rizal, Leyte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Pangasinan, Laguna, Batangas, Ifugao and Metro Manila benefiting more than 500,000 public elementary pupils. AHON Foundation still believes and continues to work on providing functional and child-friendly libraries in the hope of uplifting the quality of education in the country.

For those who are interested to volunteer or support AHON Foundation, you can send an email to ahonfoundation@gmail.com or call (02) 518-0021.