HP Philippines reinforces its commitment to help improve education in the Philippines as it donates 5,000 books to less-fortunate children through the project of CNN Hero Efren Peñaflorida and his Dynamic Teen Company, Kariton Classroom. The turnover ceremony took place in Cavite City, Cavite, with over 10 participating schools and hundreds of students in attendance.
“HP is glad to contribute to this milestone project by Efren Peñaflorida, who is also the face of our Write&Read Program. Through the donations we can give the less-fortunate youth a broader and more well-balanced education. Together with our own advocacies like A+ and Write&Read, Efren’s Kariton Classroom will endeavor to empower the youth with a more meaningful learning environment,” said Armando Pascual, HP Country General Manager for Imaging and Printing Group.
The books were sourced in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Makati’s Project BATS (Books Across The Seas), a long-running program that delivers books to less-privileged community schools and libraries. HP’s donation included books on major school subjects – Mathematics, Science, and Reading, and will be distributed to children supported by Efren Peñaflorida’s group who do not have access to formal education due to poverty. In support of HP’s A+ campaign, the donation will serve as yet another platform to cultivate academic potential by raising children’s interest in reading and writing.
Kariton Classroom is a project aimed at bringing radical change to the mindset of Filipinos in regard to education, which the CNN Hero jump-started in his hometown, Cavite. The acclaimed Kariton Classroom project offers lessons in health, hygiene, reading and Christian values to less-privileged communities.
Other highlights of the turnover ceremony included an awarding of the winners of the campaign’s various activities such as poster-making, poem-writing and kariton design contests. Among the guest judges were Cavite City Mayor Romeo Ramos, Efren’s mentor Bonn Manalaysay and celebrities Dulce and Lorna Tolentino.
Efren Peñaflorida expressed his appreciation to everyone who made the event possible. “I thank everyone for giving their best to participate in the advocacy and I hope that this may bring about the change we have been seeking for so long. It is also very encouraging to see that celebrities and big companies such as HP are with us in this crusade for education and volunteerism,” he said.