World Read Aloud Day 2015

IMG_3459Today, March 4, is the global celebration of World Read Aloud Day, and I took some time off to celebrate it with ATD Fourth World Philippines, representing our book club, Flips Flipping Pages.

Last month, I had come across Adarna House’s book giveaway and thought we had a good chance of winning it for ATD, and I proposed the idea to fellow Flippers Gege and Sana. Sana is a long-time volunteer of ATD and has gotten me and other book club members to volunteer at the organization, too, so we quickly put the nomination form together and hoped for the best.

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ATD Festival of Learning


I’ve volunteered for ATD (All Together in Dignity) Fourth World Philippines before, but last Saturday was my first time to join their annual Festival of Learning, together with my Flipper friends Sana (a long-time ATD volunteer) and Joko (who volunteers regularly for the annual festival).

It was a bright Saturday afternoon when we gathered at the North Cemetery, one of ATD’s communities in the Philippines. I had written a piece on this particular community for one of ATD’s reports last year, and I had read through a lot of documents and watched some video footage to write it, but I’d never actually set foot in the place before, and it was quite a moving experience to fill in my mental image of the area with the faces of the people from the community.

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