Paaralang Pilipino students and their parents pose for a souvenir photo as they display books that will be donated to the ‘Books for the Barrios.’The event was held last November 18 at PACCM in Southfield. Also in photo are Dr. Ernie Mac, Edina Klein and Becky Tungol, all FILAMCCO Foundation officers, and Paaralang Pilipino Teaching Directors Tess Tchou and Juliet Diaz. (Photo by Ray Tchou)

FILAMCCO Foundation launched last Nov. 18 a partnership with Paaralang Pilipino for a special thanksgiving project to help underprivileged school kids in the Philippines learn, create and read.

The FILAMCCO Foundation headed by President Ernie Mac will undertake the project in collaboration with the Books for the Barrios  ( – a non-profit, California-based corporation run by volunteers who collect English reading books and learning aids in the United States and distribute them to remote public schools in the Philippines.

Books for the Barrios (BFTB) seeks peace through literacy and fights poverty through education.   The donations are sent to remote, violence-rocked areas in the Philippines as well as school and libraries which BFTB also helped to establish.

This effort changes the lives of approximately 40,000 children, assist 1,000 teachers and 46 models of excellence.

During the launching of the project at the Pilipino American Community Center (PACCM) in Southfield, Paaralan Director Tess Tchou cited the importance of giving to and sharing with kids who are not so fortunate.  After watching a video about Books for the Barrios, the Paaralang students took part in a “select and give” exercise.

The students took turn in choosing from a large shipping box full of donations from the FILAMCCO Foundation and family donations.  The exercise helped demonstrated to the kids the value of reusing and sharing and thinking globally about the welfare of underprivileged children.  In addition to helping stuff the donation box, the kids also created personalized postcards with warm wishes written on them.

Books for the Barrios has been in existence for 28 years.  Its funding comes from donations of the federal government, the United Way, and individuals.

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FILAMCCO Foundation is a proud sponsor of this initiative that is aimed at helping foster in the children at an early age the values of giving back to the community. It also teaches the Paaralang Pilipino kids that the tradition of sharing and caring is a part and parcel of the Filipino culture.