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U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON NOTES
BBF BOOKS IN PHILIPPINES

November 2009

In November 2009 after September flooding in Manila , Philippines , the Malanday High School , which had been hit the hardest, receives much needed aid. The waters had reached the building's second floor and all of the school's books were destroyed, leaving teachers without the crucial materials needed to continue their students' education. In light of this problem, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) asked Educational Development Centers (EDC) to distribute over 50,000 books allotted for the Mindanao region of the Philippines to four high schools and an elementary school via a book fair. The books and other educational materials were donated to EDC by Brother's Brother Foundation (BBF).


A teacher returning with an armload of educational materials.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined 66 teachers and over 2,000 students who selected from the varying science, math and English books at a book fair coordinated by the staff of EDC. "Our book events are terrific ways to generate attention and excitement over learning materials," said Yvette Tan, a materials and technology specialist with EDC, based in the Philippines who led the event, "It's all about getting the books into the hands of learners and educators and ensuring they are used to their potential."


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Manila, Philippines book fair.

During the event, Secretary Clinton announced an additional $5.2 million in storm aid pledged to the people of the Philippines by the U.S. government, a wonderful compliment to the 1.8 million books BBF will supply to EDC to be distributed to children and teachers across the Philippines.

BBF is a 56-year old Pittsburgh-based international charity with a newly opened warehouse in Fairfax, Virginia.  BBF has provided over 100,000 tons of medical supplies, textbooks, food, seeds, and other humanitarian supplies to people around the world in over 140 countries.  With the help of gifts from the general public, corporations and foundations, in 2013 BBF sent product contributions to those in need in 64 countries.  These shipments were the equivalent of 252 tractor trailer loads.  Also in 2013, BBF provided supplies for 321 medical and humanitarian hand-carry mission trips.  Within the last month the Virginia warehouse assisted with supplies for two containers to the affected countries in Africa.

Forbes Magazine highlighted BBF as one of only three charities with a 100% rating for both fundraising efficiency and charitable commitment of the 50 largest charities reviewed in November 2013.  The Better Business Bureau continues to give BBF its “Wise Giving Alliance Standards” seal of approval.  BBF achieved a 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator. 

Donations to assist with shipping costs are greatly appreciated. Credit card donations can be made by calling Brother's Brother Foundation at 412-321-3160. Checks should be made out to Brother's Brother Foundation and sent to:
Brother's Brother Foundation
1200 Galveston Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

For additional information, please contact:
Karen Dempsey, Vice President Development/Administration
kdempsey@brothersbrother.org

Luke Hingson, President
lhingson@brothersbrother.org

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