The Balud Project is an
international program with a vision of total development of poor
communities of the world. The project is run by an international
group. The most active volunteers come from the United Kingdom,
Netherlands, Japan, Philippines, Japan, USA, Malaysia, and Poland. The
project is chaired by Dr. Thijs Kouwenhoven from the University of
Sheffield, England and University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
Here in the Philippines, the project is also participated by the
University of the Philippines and De La Salle University (through the
59th Engineering Assembly).
It was planned that a small library for Balud Elementary school be
built. The presence of textbooks, reading books, and informational
books will improve the education and future prospect of the young
students. As Barangay Balud is located along the main road of Samar,
it is easy to reach, and presence of the libary will further support
the development of students on other schools of Basay municipality and
As English/Filipino language books are not available in most European
countries. The costs of worldwide transport of second-hand is very
expensive, more expensive than buying new books. Therefore book
donation activities will be spearheaded in the Philippines by the
The project provides an opportunity for the members of the batch to
experience the concept of world peace through international
cooperation and development.