Eleven million Filipinos are functionally illiterate (they cannot read with comprehension) while four million have no basic literacy skills. And while most Filipino children do enroll in Grade 1, an estimated 55% of them will drop out without finishing high school.

About this Program

To improve functional literacy, we need to increase access to books in public schools and encourage children to love reading, empowering them with creative thinking and independent reading skills that are needed for future success.


CANVAS’ One Million Books for One Million Filipino Children Campaign aims to inspire children to love reading by donating its award-winning books to public schools, hospitals, and disadvantaged communities throughout the country. This campaign promotes independent reading and creative thinking in Filipino children, while also exposing them to the best of contemporary Filipino art and literature.

To donate and send books to Filipino children, please visit our GlobalGiving page.

A volunteer from Ateneo de Zamboanga shares hope to kids using our book, Nadia and the Stars.

To date, CANVAS has already given some 250,000 books to children from Batanes to Zamboanga. 

Grade 1 students from Krus na Ligas Elementary School pose with their new books. 


The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS) is a non profit organization that works with the creative community to promote children's literacy, explore national identity, and broaden public awareness for Philippine art, culture, and environment.

CANVAS works with some of the best young artists to promote Philippine art, culture, and environment. To be placed on our preview list for future shows and exhibitions, or for more information, email us at info@canvas.ph.