What is Woods and Books doing in Ifugao? Well, for now, nothing. In the future, who knows?
Last month, we received a welcome inquiry from Ms. Ermie Bahatan, all the way from Ifugao province in the Cordillera Administrative Region of northern Luzon. It’s a long way from Iloilo City, Panay Island to Ifugao, but like all regions throughout the Philippines, we face similar challenges when it comes to providing children with appropriate and adequate books to read.
Ermie represents Empowering the Young to Read (ETYTR), which she describes as a “personal cause that facilitates requests from interested elementary schools in the province of Ifugao in finding donor organizations or individuals to donate new and second-hand books.”
“How about expanding your coverage to Luzon, especially my home province of Ifugao?” Ermie asked. “This will help the schools, especially the ones with the lowest academic performance on the National Achievement Test (NAT) for Grade 3.”
Much as we wanted to help, Woods and Books had to turn down her request since, for now, we don’t have the resources to meet all the needs in Iloilo, our primary region of service. You can reach Ermie Bahatan at ETYTR’s Facebook page.
“I hope that with your help, more books will come, through other generous donors,” writes Ermie. “I thank God for directing me to your site. Again, my heartfelt thanks and keep in touch. God bless you and your advocacy!”
We at Woods and Books echo her sentiment, and wish Ermie and her volunteers at ETYTR more books to come!