Hoping to reach more children in the communities and out-of-school youths, Visions of Hope developed a community-based afterschool program called Kinabookasan. Kinabookasan is a play on the Filipino word kinabukasan, which means future, and the English word, book, representing how infinite possibilities of a bright future can only be unleashed once it is opened and read like a book. Reaching out to children and youth in marginalized communities in the Philippines, Kinabookasan seeks to unleash their full potential and ignite their passion leading them to participate and become productive citizens of the country. As such, Kinabookaan offers every child and youth in the community a space to explore these possibilities and build a “library of life-long learners”, recognizing that learning doesn’t have to begin and end in the classroom. In this space, they are invited to engage, participate and take responsibility for their learning.
Kinabookasan aims to provide young people access to a healthy and funlearning environment beyond the classroom through its student center, located in the heart of their community. It is community-driven, runs on a regular basis and offers expanded learning opportunities that support programs for children and youth ages 6 to 18 years old from urban and rural poor communities in the Philippines.