charity launches its pencil project

Hotelwithheart .com (HWH) in partnership with Dynamic Teen Company (DTC) launches its HWH Pencil Project Signature campaign which aims to provide pencils for underprivileged children being taught by DTC. By signing up on the HWH Facebook Page, HWH will donate 1 pencil to DTC for every digital signature (Like and Sign Ups) collected.

“We can measure statistics of children without the means of Basic Education, we can measure poverty, we can measure the rising crime rate, and we can even measure the cost of ignorance. But can we truly measure the potential of a child?” says Dr. Rudy Sabater, HWH Director.  “By providing these children with the materials wherein they can continue to learn, we are offering them a brighter future”.

Facebook is a powerful tool for sharing status, pictures, and videos. With more than a 500 million members and counting, the potential for social interaction is great. Sharing for a cause has been gaining ground in social media for years. hopes that letting people participate in a simple yet symbolical campaign will help Facebook users contribute to the betterment of society.

The Pencil Project will run for 1 month starting June 1 to June 30, 2011. HWH hopes to raise 10,000 pencils to be donated to DTC as materials they could use to help children further their education despite their poverty. To support this campaign, visit HWH Fanpage at Like the page, Sign Up and share to help children receive the pencils.

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About Efren Penaflorida and Dynamic Teen Company

Dynamic Teen Company (DTC) is a group of concerned young people with a mission of making a small yet significant difference in other people’s lives, particularly the small children in slum areas who have no access to education, basic hygiene and sometimes, even love from their families. The group was founded in August 1997 by four teenagers from Cavite National High School, one of whom was Efren Penaflorida, 2009 CNN Hero of the Year.

Contact Information: Manu T. Ofiaza, Tel: 7280406
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Zamboanga Fund For Little Kids and Pens of Hope Foundation



In Talon-Talon Elementary School in the town of Layag-Layag, children have to cross shallow water every day in order to get to school. During high tide, the kids have to swim across. Surely the children need a form of transportation or a decent bridge so they can continue their education without the risk of getting sick or being carried away by the water.

A group of bloggers has started an initiative to raise funds for the students of Talon-Talon. Jay Jaboneta and friends started Zamboanga Fund For Little Kids, fund-raising drive to pool money in order to build a boat which can transport the students. The boat will be named Bagong Pag-Asa, befitting the name of the dreams of Layag-Layag.

See also our article, “When a Facebook wall post makes social impact,” for more images, and picture of the boat for Zamboanga Fund for Little Kids.

Winston Almendras of is also trying to raise funds for the Pens of Hope Foundation. The foundation collects pens, pencils and other school supplies which they distribute to underprivileged schoolchildren in Davao City. He is now collecting money to buy supplies for the kids in Talon-Talon. A one dollar donation is enough to buy a child a pad paper, notebook, and a pencil. His campaign will run until the end of April 2011 and supplies will be handed over to Talon-Talon Elementary School in May.


For donations and more information Zamboanga Fund for Little Kids, go to Facebook Page and Jay Jaboneta.

To know more about the Pens of Hope, visit Batang Yagit. You may also Winston at 09159999990 or via [email protected]

Foundation seeks writers/media monitors for media campaign


I am looking for experienced writers/media monitors that can devote a three month period to a media campaign for a private foundation. The period is from August to October with industry standard pay for full time work.

Applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • College graduate
  • Very proficient in writing in Pilipino and English
  • Media monitoring experience
  • Internet, blogging and social network savvy
  • Capable of working from home (must have a computer and broadband connection) but always available to attend meetings and pressers
  • Willing to do basic clerical duties such as creating press briefers

Please send your CV and a one page (letter-sized) essay in both English and Pilipino on the topic, “How I Can Help Eradicate Poverty,” to leahnavarro [at] gmail [dot] com. The search period is from 30 July to 6 August 2010.