BAGONG KULTURANG PINOY INC
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16 Sweeney Ridge Rd Bedford MA 01730 USA
Bagong Kulturang Pinoy, Inc., is a registered 501[c](3) organization with a mission to encourage a reading culture among children in poverty-stricken areas of the Philippines. Our goal is to help the children acquire good reading skills and proficiency in English as a means to brighter economic, social, and civic futures.
149 libraries have been established with the help of BKP based in Massachusetts. They are in schools, day care centers, government buildings and churches in low income areas in the Philippines. BKP-NY has supported 22 libraries. BKP-CA has established 8. These numbers are as of Nov. 2011.
Low income children
Direct beneficiaries per year:
The number keeps growing, over 50,000 in 2011
Geographic areas served:
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Many organizations collect books for a foreign poor country in the hopes of improving their literacy skills. BKP (books for kids in the philippines) goes beyond just donating books that may just sit on a shelf in a locked closet. BKP along with other partner organizations such as Rotary International and Peace Corps have developed training manuals and hosted training sessions on how to use the books with their students. First the CLE (concentrated language experience) was introduced to teachers and librarians. In the past 15 years children's reading levels have improved. More challenging books have been requested. Now that children are enjoying books and decoding better a Thinking While Reading curriculum is being developed and implemented to improve their comprehension skills as well. Each year the libraries must submit reports which often include pictures and letters from not only the adults but children who benefit from the libraries. Having been a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines years ago and have revisited there twice since, I know that schools there continue to have very large classes of maybe 60 children at a time and very few resources. Teachers are educated and dedicated to improving their students' lives but need support for materials. Books for their kids are most needed.
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