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Where The Children Are


Some of the Philippines' indigenous communities are threatened by increased road construction, mineral exploration, and rural development. We aim to help these areas from inappropriate development by investing on their education, but we cannot achieve our goals alone.

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Where The Children Are


Some of the Philippines' indigenous communities are threatened by increased road construction, mineral exploration, and rural development. We aim to help these areas from inappropriate development by investing on their education, but we cannot achieve our goals alone.

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES

Rural Barangays

We've worked in these communities to improve children's education, health and well-being, including emergency response.

ISLAND COMMUNITIES

Unchartered Islands

With more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines, we are reaching the unchartered areas to help improve on education and health programs.

INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

Cultural Communities

Prioritising critical cultural communities, we've worked to improve children's education, health and well-being with Indigenous People's rights in mind.

Sama-sama nating abutin ang bawat batang Pilipino sa pinakaliblib na pook sa Pilipinas,
abutan sila ng lapis, hikayating sumulat at gumuhit ng magagandang mga pangarap
— Mon Corpuz

2014 PROJECT COMMUNITIES


Back-To-School Outreach

Total of 13,500 culture and grade-sensitive study packs were delivered from 2nd week of May up to 2nd week of August 2014 in collaboration with local DepEd, and various partner donors-organisations. Learn more about Black Pencil Project's back-to-school campaign.

Barrio Schools

1. Ambuclao, Benguet
2. Cambulo, Banaue, Ifugao
3. Balabac, Palawan
4. Barombong, Port Barton, Palawan
5. Brooke's Point, Palawan
6. Guian, Samar
7. Itogon, Benguet
8. Labney, Mayantoc, Tarlac
9. Lahangkeb, Upi, Maguindanao
10. Mayoyao, Ifugao
11. Datu Binasing, Pigcawayan, North Cotabato
12. Pagasa Islands, Kalayaan, Palawan
13. Puray, Rodriguez, Rizal
14. San Pedro, San Jose, Tarlac
15. Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac
16. Simsimon, San Fernando, Bukidnon
17. Sumnanga, Sabtang, Batanes

Beneficiaries

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Ethnicity

Cordillera
Ifugao
Sama
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Palawanon
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Cordillera
Aeta
Tiduray
Ifugao
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Dumagat Remontado
Aeta
Aeta
Manobo-Matigsalog
Ivatan

Partner-Donors

SNAboitiz Power
St. Theresa's College QC Alumnae Association 
St. Theresa's College QC Alumnae Association 
Black Pencil Project and friends
Dixie Dugan and friends
St. Theresa's College QC Alumnae Association 
St. Theresa's College QC Alumnae Association 
SNAboitiz Power
Mayuko Shimakage and friends
SNAboitiz Power
Marijo Caronongan and friends
Black Pencil Project and friends
Tax Management Association of the Philippines
Kim, Camille & Hyperion Fund
Errol Azardon & Tarlac Mountaineering Club
Rowell Reyes
RJ Foronda

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Indigenous Focus


Over the years, Black Pencil Project yearned to be part of the effort to preserve the vanishing cultural traditions of indigenous communities with sustainable IP (Indigenous Peoples) education in mind. We believe that by helping the children of IP communities, we contribute to their plight for survival amidst the threats of cultural degeneration.

Indigenous Focus


Over the years, Black Pencil Project yearned to be part of the effort to preserve the vanishing cultural traditions of indigenous communities with sustainable IP (Indigenous Peoples) education in mind. We believe that by helping the children of IP communities, we contribute to their plight for survival amidst the threats of cultural degeneration.

Indigenous People's Education

Where the road ends, optimism begins 

Black Pencil Project works in various cultural communities in the Philippines from the Ivatans of Batanes, Ifugao of the Cordilleras, Aetas of eastern Zambales mountain range, Dumagats of Rizal, Mangyans of Mindoro, Manobo-Matigsalog tribe of Bukidnon, Tidurays of Maguindanaos, Palawanon of Palawan to the Tausugs and Badjaos of Sulu Islands. 


INDIE+GENIUS CHILDREN

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CUlture-senstive Kits

Study and Hygiene Kits

Grade and culture-sensitive study packs are given away along with basic hygiene kits to beneficiary schools during an outreach program. Each pupil receives prescribed pencils, pad paper and pens relevant to their grade level.

ActiviTreks

Interactive Games

Indigenous games like kids relay, tug-of-war and sack race are played to break-the-ice and foster interactions and camaraderie between volunteers and host school before distribution of school supplies or feeding program.

ArtReach

Art Workshop

Modular art workshop designed to highlight the host community's rich cultural values, promote environment and heritage conservation. Art works of children are curated and re-purposed to support future back-to-school programs.

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Areas of Conflict


Black Pencil Project works hand in hand with government peace builders contributing to a civilian-oriented approach promoting lasting peace through education.

Areas of Conflict


Black Pencil Project works hand in hand with government peace builders contributing to a civilian-oriented approach promoting lasting peace through education.

Islands of Hope

Beyond Pencils

In June 2012, Black Pencil Project reached the southern shores of Sulu Archipelago; paving the way to a robust civil-military partnership between various Marine Battalions of the Philippine Marine Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines stationed in Sulu Islands and Palawan. We began working in areas of conflict by channeling pencils and educational toys.


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Pencil Patrol

Pencils For Peace

Pencil Patrol is a unique and insightful program that channels pencils and school supplies through peacekeepers, contributing to a civilian-oriented approach to rebuild lasting peace in the region.

Play Iskul

Child-friendly Spaces

Educational toys are sent along with school supplies to select Day Care schools to promote child-friendly spaces and assist schools promote early-childhood education.  

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Power of Hug


1000 Bearhugs have been helping children displaced by calamity or conflict since To children, teddy bears and stuffed toys are imaginary friends who are effective comfort givers in times of extreme stress and fear, helping them heal from trauma or tragedy.

Power of Hug


1000 Bearhugs have been helping children displaced by calamity or conflict since To children, teddy bears and stuffed toys are imaginary friends who are effective comfort givers in times of extreme stress and fear, helping them heal from trauma or tragedy.

1000Bearhugs Campaign

Disaster Response

1000 Bearhugs is a heartwarming toy drive campaign to bring huggable bears and plushies to children displaced by conflict or disaster like Super Typhoon Yolanda (aka Haiyan).

1000 Bearhugs collect and store stuffed toys and make them available to social workers/NGOs involved in trauma debriefing and psycho-social counseling. 

1000 Bearhugs collect and store stuffed toys and make them available to social workers/NGOs involved in trauma debriefing and psycho-social counseling. 

Play is a child's natural language and a means for them to make sense of their experiences. Trauma can be addressed through the experiential narratives of play therapy and allows a child to speak of what he or she has gone through when they cannot find the words to do so. These toys provide children with a certain amount of security in a sometimes-scary world. To children, teddy bears and stuffed toys are imaginary friends who are effective comfort givers in times of extreme stress and fear, helping them heal from trauma or tragedy.

Inspired by grief-counselor Cathy Babao-Guballa who started the toy drive in 2006 after Typhoon Reming devastated Bicol Region. 1000 Bearhugs have been helping children displaced by calamity or conflict (IDPs) since Typhoon Sendong, Pablo, Negros Quake, Zamboanga Siege, Bohol Quake and Super Typhoon Yolanda, 

Learn more about 1000Bearhugs Campaign - http://www.1000bearhugs.org

A special reach out to kids by kids put the spotlight on the little victims of big natural disasters
— Cebu Smile Magazine