Developing a joy in reading books and encouraging that very thing in children is a daunting task for most parents and teachers, particularly when the proliferation and accessibility of mobile gadgets and video game consoles is so immense in society today. This "quick fix" entertainment now dominates the wish-list of most children, whilst the idea of reading lay at the wayside.
But in remote places across the Philippines, where electronic toys and gadgets are considered a luxury and take the "least economic priority", a budding movement is aiming to spark hope, inspiration and imagination through storytelling. This movement is helping school kids to discover the joy of reading books. The Storytelling Project (TSP) founded by Rey Buti, has been tirelessly crossing rivers and mountains around the Philippines to bring their brand of happy learning since 2012.
"TSP's advocacy is to read more, learn more and be more. We are a small organisation trying to make a difference in the lives of the school kids in the remotest places in the Philippines by introducing to them the joys of reading," says TSP's founder, Rey Buti. "We brought books to them, help storytelling sessions to broaden their imagination, and on the side help communities build their own library and sustain the initial seed we planted with book clubs and seminars, training for community members," Rey adds.
TSP has been gaining a lot of support from different organisations and volunteers around the country. Recently, JellyChip started to help fund TSP's need for books for distribution and the various materials required for community projects. And we're incredibly proud of their work.
JellyChip CEO, James Downing says "We are proud and happy to support TSP with their endeavours. We are always on the look-out for organisations who are uniquely finding ways to affect change."
JellyChip is the world's first social network for free charity and has been making waves in the US and Asia for having a unique way to fund and help charitable organisations. Our solution - an electronic points system. Users earn points for free by chatting with friends, sending snaps or answering surveys and trivia. Those points earned can be used to buy charity gifts at no additional cost.