F or more than seventy years, National Book Store, Inc. (NBS), the Philippines largest books and supplies store, has been providing the consumers affordable educational commodities. Part of the company’s core values is to help underprivileged children. Thus, in 2004 NBS has established the National Book Store Foundation, Inc. (NBSFI) as its social arm responsible for the implementation of the company’s efforts to uplift the lives of underprivileged children through education empowerment.
We envision a future where all children are educated and are in schools.
We aim to provide every child access to quality education.
Since its inception, NBSFI has already conceptualized the following education related initiatives:
- Buklat Aklat Mobile Library - is a mobile library project that introduces a wide range of outstanding Filipino children’s literature (fiction and non-fiction) to students from Grade One to Six. The mobile library visits public elementary schools all over the Philippines. To date, we have visited ninety six (96) public schools all over the country.
- Buklat Aklat Leave Behind Library – an off shoot project to the mobile library, Buklat Aklat Leave Behind Library is the permanent donation of books, shelves, tables, chairs and refurbishing of reading rooms in various public schools in the Philippines. NBSFI has already established eighty eight permanent libraries for the reading pleasure of public school students.
- Project Aral – is the annual back to school campaign which aims to deliver basic school supplies to students in the public schools.
- Project Aklat – is the annual book drive that aims to raise books for donation to the libraries NBSFI establishes.
- Special School Project Yolanda – Apart from our core projects, NBSFI has also assisted students in the Yolanda affected areas in Visayas. With the help of USAid, NBSFI has able to donate 17,500 bags with basic supplies to more than a hundred schools in Northen Cebu, Ormoc and Leyte. The libraries of some of these schools also receive two hundred fifty books each from NBSFI. The distribution of bags started in January in time New Year and ended early February.