At the end of every school year we moms often don't know what to do with those old textbooks and used school materials. For most of us, it goes to the junk cart, and while there might be intentions to donate them, we're not exactly sure how to go about it.
In Metro Manila, public schools already have assigned books for every grade level, and used textbooks – with all the writings on the pages - can only serve as a reference if donated to a school library. The good news is that there are actually many schools around the country that have a greater need for your child's used textbooks, old crayons, worn school bags and other school supplies. In addition to the 10 Institutions that Need your Books, School Supplies, Old Uniforms, here are 10 organizations you could help with these.
1. Barangay Day Care Center
To help your Barangay with their project on education, you may contact your Barangay Day Care Center on what school items they need for the coming school year. A member of SP’s Parent Chat forum, Weng Cortes has been donating old books to their Barangay office for the past few years. "Donating books is a big help since not many can donate cash. If kept at home, they will just collect dust. Ridding your house of all those clutter is like making room for blessings to come in. I encourage my friends and relatives to do the same."
Other than your local community office or public school, there are groups and individuals who can receive donations to help schools in far provinces which are in great need of your child's old books, toys and school supplies. Surprisingly, many of these are international organizations based in the US, Canada and even Japan. Donations can be dropped off at their Manila office or be sent directly to their liaisons in the provinces.