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Table of Content
14,000,000th Shared Book Milestone
- Panipuan school children enjoy new library
- Independent Charities Seal of Excellence Award
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BOOKS for the BARRIOS 2nd Annual Community Parking Lot Sale on May 5th 2012, more information coming soon
14,000,000th Shared Book Milestone
Global Cooperation for the Ecology of the Human Spirit
In a special formal ceremony at Malacanang Palace in Manila Friday 20 January President Aquino received the 14 millionth schoolbook donated by American children through BOOKS for the BARRIOS USA. Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luestro accepted the humanitarian gesture on behalf of the nation’s 22 million pupils.
BOOKS for the BARRIOS is a California Corporation for Public Benefit [IRS 501 (c)(3)] founded in 1990 to provide environmental protection reuse service to the State and the general public for educational resources. This is accomplished by engaging California schoolchildren in a comprehensive global green action program that is a model for our entire nation. California school kids have rescued from destruction over 7,000 tons of high-quality learning materials gathered from their homes and schools. This treasure was delivered directly to the public schools of disadvantaged children in developing nations overseas, thereby reducing the carbon footprint potential of our entire society. To date, over one hundred thousand local students have contributed their time and abilities to achieve this amazing record through school-sponsored character development learning unit projects that meet California instructional standards.
Forty-three California public school teachers volunteered over the course of a decade to create a National Education Development Program for the Republic of the Philippines that trained 8,000 instructor delegates in advanced professional techniques. Emphasis was placed on developing respect for the planet through academic pursuit and direct civic green action, conceived and executed from the schools. As a result, sixty-seven of the most disadvantaged schools, struggling in remote, poverty-stricken areas, have been transformed into world-class model green academies. Also, functional libraries have been provided to 14,000 formerly deprived, depressed underserved public schools.
In the 21st Century post-industrial world, in an age of beauty when compassion rules, California children are leading an ecological pursuit of peace by sharing their literacy opportunity to emancipate some of the world’s poorest pupils from poverty. They are reaching out to their classmates from the Pacific rainforests and reefs in a spirit of friendship and goodwill that promotes interfaith understanding and respect for the environment based upon their common bond… preparing the world’s next generation for ecological success. San Francisco Bay Area families are organizing to fight poverty and promote peace through environmental action in their homes and throughout the community.
On January 20, 2011 BOOKS for the BARRIOS founders Nancy and Dan Harrington were honored to present to Philippines President Aquino, the fourteen-millionth children’s book, shared by California’s youth, at a formal ceremony at Malacangang Palace. May this pure gesture of solidarity between our peoples become the coin of our foreign relations policy as we work to promote peace through literacy opportunity for all our youth.
Panipuan schoolchildren enjoy new library
Thousands of beautiful elementary library books now grace the shelves of a completely rehabilitated school library at Panipuan Integrated School in Mexico, Pampanga, Philippines. The special BOOKS for the BARRIOS project was funded by Bay Area philanthropist Mark Pineta. San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriquez, whose top priority is providing quality education for all children, especially those in conflict areas, provided the physical improvements that have created a world-class library for his community. This Model Library project is one of many local public education improvement initiatives offered by BOOKS for the BARRIOS that joins all of the various stakeholders together to make comprehensive, sustained and autonomous development possible. Through their kind expression of compassion, the PIneta Family can rest assured that every child in their barrio hometown back in the Philippines has access to a quality education opportunity.
Independent Charities Seal of Excellence
The 2012 Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to BOOKS for the BARRIOS, a member of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that has, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that it meets the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal. BOOKS for the BARRIOS sets the national standard.