In November, PLAI President Mrs. Elizabeth R. Peralejo published a Call for Action to help rebuild libraries and help fellow librarians affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Since that Call for Action, PLAI received tremendous support, not just from individual donors, but from organizations here and around the world. One of the earliest to respond was the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) from the United Kingdom, which donated US$400.00 for this cause.
Earlier in 2013, PLAI launched a project, One Million and Counting: Books for Libraries, Victims of Calamities, meant to collect a million books to be distributed to affected libraries of the flooding in Davao and the Compostela Valley. It has since been expanded to help libraries in other regions devastated by earthquake and typhoons as well.
During the 2013 PLAI Congress in Iloilo, the President reiterated her Call for Action and PLAI Congress attendees responded by bringing donations in various forms to be distributed to libraries and librarians in Iloilo and neighboring provinces damaged by the these disasters. There was a silent auction too, with the auctioned objects coming from attendees themselves. The auction raised a total of PhP4,678.00.
As of January 2014, PLAI was able to solicit PhP47,098.00 worth of donations.
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PLAI has not stopped soliciting donations; there is still so much to be done in the distressed provinces. More donations in cash or in kind (books, computers, library equipment and furniture) are still needed to help libraries in this region rebuild.
For more information on how you can help, email the PLAI-National Board of Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com. The website will be regularly updated to feature more donations received.
PLAI is truly grateful for the support and help everyone has extended.