With just a social media status, a national advocacy was born. Philippine Toy Library (PTL) was started by a group of volunteer-friends who came together and took on the challenge of providing the experience of play to our Filipino children. Formally launched in June 12, 2012, Philippine Toy Library (PTL) transforms idle spaces in barangays, schools, parishes, and partner organizations into fun and educational playrooms for the children in the community.
It aims to fill in the gap in setting up spaces for play in cramped urban centers. Children, whose families cannot afford to buy toys and books, will be able to experience playing and reading – experiences that are crucial to children’s development. Toy libraries will be the venue for fun and free play, meaningful social interaction of the same life stage and exploration and creation of imaginative worlds.
Building dreams for children, one toy at a time.
Providing opportunities for play to less fortunate Filipino children.
Providing spaces for play, creativity and imagination, and meaningful social interactions.
Community-based platforms to encourage and enable children to play — Play is critical to a child’s mental, emotional, social, and physical development. Children in economic poverty often suffer from the poverty of play; further pushing them into the poverty spiral.