Food for Victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda

 
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GlobalGiving visitors at CJFI Action Center
GlobalGiving visitors at CJFI Action Center

Hello GlobalGiving partners and donors!

Last week (Oct 17, 2014), two senior GlobalGiving senior officers visited Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) assisted projects and communities in Tacloban City and Leyte Province.  If you could remember, CJFI’s relief assistance to Haiyan victims has attracted you and thousands of donors through GlobalGiving that made the relief activities possible, successful, and still on going, this time for long term recovery measures.

CJFI senior staff welcome the visitors and briefed them about CJFI immediate and long term recovery program for Haiyan victims in Tacloban City and Leyte Province through a video that highlighted CJFI’s relief undertakings.  The briefing was held at CJFI Action Center in Tacloban City. After the briefing, the group proceeded to Barangay Bislig, a coastal community of Tanauan town which was badly hit by typhoon Haiyan where powerful storm surge wrecked the fishing boats; strong winds wiped out houses, and chopped down trees. CJFI’s relief assistance in this area were food packs distributed a week after Haiyan, construction of Day Care Center, and distribution of fishing boats.

The group went to Barangay Sabang Danguitan and met the local officials, day care kids, and fishing boat recipients.  The kids were happy to see the visitors who shared moments talking with the kids, happily mingling with them. The residents in this small fishing community expressed their sincere gratitude to generous people of America through GlobalGiving for helping them.

The group also met the fishing boats recipients and LGU staff of the Agriculture Office of MacArthur town.  The town was named in honor of General Douglas MacArthur whose words of promise “I shall return” became part of historical account of Philippine history.  The battle of Leyte took place in Gulf of Leyte lead by Gen MacArthur on October 23-26, 1944.  It was the largest naval battle in modern history where at least 212 allied battle ships clashed with the remnants of the Japanese Imperial Army of World War II.

After MacArthur town, the group paid a courtesy call to Tolosa Mayor. CJFI had conducted several relief assistance to this town such as relief food pack distribution, donation of generator set, donation of various medicines, stress debriefing for kids, giving of basic household appliance, gift giving and party for kids.  The Municipal Mayor was so happy to meet the group and GlobalGiving personnel.  He asked GlobalGiving to extend more support to his town as they have more things to do to address the needs of his constituents.

The last stop was the location of two day care centers in Tacloban City at Barangay Fatima and Barangay Nulatula.  The two centers are serving around 200 kids.  Last month (Sep 2014), CJFI volunteers made a gift giving party to day care kids in these centers.  Various schools supplies were handed out to the kids by the volunteers.  CJFI also installed the centers two ceiling fans to give comfort to kids.

The visit of GlobalGiving was wrapped up with a dinner joined by local officials, day care workers and Social Welfare Office personnel of LGUs. CJFI gave GlobalGiving a plaque of appreciation recognizing the support to CJFI that made possible the relief assistance to Haiyan victims in Tacloban City and Leyte.

A day care kid welcome GlobalGiving visitor
A day care kid welcome GlobalGiving visitor
Local leaders and fishing boat recipients
Local leaders and fishing boat recipients
Courtesy meeting with Tolosa Municipal Mayor
Courtesy meeting with Tolosa Municipal Mayor
CJFI & GG officers with Tolosa Mayor and key staff
CJFI & GG officers with Tolosa Mayor and key staff
CJFI
CJFI's plaque of appreciation to GlobalGiving

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16 years…

 

Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. (CJFI) founded its noble mission of feeding, clothing, and sending to school three million children in the Philippines.

 

Everyone can still remember on how one humble foundation sprouted and stretched out its branches like a seedling that’s hoping to grow. Every year, milestone after milestone was reached. Funds and projects simultaneously grew.

 

Until, we are a seedling no more. For we have grown into a full-fledged tree that proudly stands among the dry lands.

 

But, though we have matured, CJFI can never forget the people who’ve shown utmost consideration and generosity. They are the people who watered, tilled, and cared for this little seedling that hoped to grow. The men who helped CJFI excel even when the season changes.

 

They’re none other than you… our generous donors.

 

Your choice of giving has brought about much joy not only to the foundation but of course to all who will take credit.

 

CJFI continues to express its utmost gratitude to all who donated funds for the project “FOOD FOR THE VICTIMS OF SUPER TYPHOON YOLANDA.”

 

Good news! The project has been fully funded!

 

Now, the foundation wilfully promises to use these credits only for the funding of the desired project. And for the excess funds, worry not for your generosity will never be wasted. CJFI will dutifully use them for the other pending projects such as;

“CHILD DAY CARE CENTERS FOR 100 YOLANDA KID VICTIMS,” https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/a-child-day-care-center-for-yolanda-victims/  

“IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE TO FIRE VICTIMS IN DAVAO CITY,” https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/immediate-assistance-to-fire-victims-in-davao-city/

and “HELP FEED AND CLOTHE FLOOD VICTIMS IN THE PHILS.”

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-feed-and-clothe-flood-victims/

 

May you continue to support CJFI’s missions and take part in funding these pending projects.

 

May the Almighty Father bless all of you!

Fishing boat distribution at Tolosa and Mayorga
Fishing boat distribution at Tolosa and Mayorga

 

             Five months after Tacloban, Philippines was ravaged by one of the world’s strongest tropical cyclones, Typhoon Haiyan, life is slowly returning to this devastated city. However, though, rebuilding Tacloban efforts conducted were done in an immense scale, many still needs to be done and many are still in desperate need.

 

            The Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. that was amongst the first organizations that had responded to the needs the victims right after the onslaught of the super typhoon,  had been sending continuous support to the survivors from the first month until present. And just last April, the foundation sent another team of volunteers and staff to conduct back-to-back implementations for the residents of most affected communities in Tacloban.

 

            The first municipality visited by the CJFI team was the Municipality of Dulag, Leyte, Philippines on April 14, 2014. The said municipality used to live on fishing as their primary source of income before Haiyan raged through their seas. And as they were a community with quite a distance from the city proper, help from the government and other agencies gains difficulty in reaching the place. People in this municipality survived through the months by renting fishing boats to somehow sustain their daily needs, but their earnings still aren’t enough.

 

            As soon as Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. learned about their plight, the foundation immediately made the necessary arrangements needed to conduct a project for the said municipality. And during the CJFI team’s visit to the said municipality, ten (10) fishing boats were distributed to fisher folks that were duly identified by the town officials. It was officially turned over to the beneficiaries through a short program organized by CJFI and the Local Government.

 

The team’s next stop was the Municipality of Mac Arthur, Leyte, Philippines on April 15, 2014. And just like the first municipality, this town also suffered a lot during Haiyan’s attack and waited patiently for assistance to reach their area. They were a lot like the Municipality of Dulag, hardly getting back up on their feet until help from the Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. came.

 

            In this municipality, which was much more affected by the typhoon, fifteen (15) fisher folks became recipients of the fishing boat livelihood grant of the foundation.

 

 

The beneficiaries were delighted to receive the fishing boats. They were all really thankful for the help received for it had given them a brand new hope and inspiration that there will always be a rainbow after every storm.

 

            April 16, 2014 – The Municipality of Tolosa, Leyte, Philippines was the third destination of the CJFI team. This municipality was situated by the seaside where the official turnover of the fishing boats was conducted. Excited residents of the said municipality couldn’t wait any longer to receive the grant from the Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. Fifteen (15) fisher folks from the said municipality were selected receivers of the said grant.

           

The town’s fisher folks were very much excited as they eventually started their very first voyage aboard the blue fishing boats from Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. and the generous donors of Global Giving. While they went sailing, their faces were painted with much hope and promises that they will once again get right back on track.

 

              In the afternoon, the CJFI team went to Mayorga, Leyte another town in the same province, with the same purpose of distributing new fishing boats to selected beneficiaries. And just like the first three (3) municipalities, residents in this area were all enthusiastic to receive their fishing boats. In their faces plastered evident gratefulness and appreciation.

 

 

            After the series of livelihood project implementations of the CJFI team in Tacloban, Philippines, the next few days of their stay were directed to the children’s education. On April 18, 2014 at Brgy. 77, Fatima, Tacloban, Leyte, a newly constructed, fully furnished Day Care Center was officially turned over for the benefit of the children from the said barangay. The turnover was done after a short program organized by the CJFI team. The Barangay officials and the day care worker were both happy about the project and were glad to finally receive it. There are eighty children enrolled in the Day Care Center who will benefit from the project.

 

            April 19, 2014 at Brgy 74, Nula-Tula (Lower), Tacloban, Leyte, another newly constructed day care center for the Haiyan kid survivors was officially turned over. And smiles of hope and gratefulness were once again flashed on the faces of the beneficiaries as a never ending expression of thanks for the Children’s Joy Foundation and GlobalGiving.

 

            The CJFI team’s last day in Tacloban was spent at Brgy. Sabang, Daguitan, Dulag, Leyte where another newly constructed day care center was officially accepted by the barangay officials and the day care worker of the said area. And again, the residents were all thrilled to receive this great help from the foundation.

 

Aside from the Day Care Center, CJFI and Global Giving also gave three (3) fishing boats to three families who were identified to have dire need of livelihood assistance.

 

 

Helping those who are in need may be a very tiring job to do, but as long as one has the love in his heart to care for them, nothing is ever tiring.

 

Indeed, there is nothing greater for those who has the heart to give and there is nothing small for those who are in need. As long as generous sponsors and donors are present, the Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. and GlobalGiving will never grow tired of giving hope, love and joy to our fellowmen.

 

And being part of a mission to help individuals who are in need is a job that is not only fulfilling but also life-changing.

Distribution of boats at Mac Arthur
Distribution of boats at Mac Arthur
The three (3) newly constructed Day Care Centers
The three (3) newly constructed Day Care Centers
Loading of Brand New Fishing Boats
Loading of Brand New Fishing Boats

April 12, 2014 , Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Philippines - Volunteers and staff of Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. fetched the fifty (50) fishing boats from its dry dock in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), loaded the boats to a ten-wheeler truck and proceeded on to their twenty-hour long journey toTacloban, Philippines to conduct series of implementations for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

 

Day 1 of the Implementations - April 14, 2014, Municipality of Dulag, Leyte, Philippines – This Municipality has suffered several lost lives due to its distance from the city proper which made relief operations difficult to reach their place. This municipality used to have fishing as their source of income before the devastating Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck their place. After the typhoon, they survived through renting fishing boats to somehow sustain their daily needs, however due to the high cost of rentals; they could hardly make both ends meet.

 

            The Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. learned about this plight of the people in Dulag, Leyte and so it sent a representative to coordinate with the town officials and see how the foundation can send help after which it mobilized its resources to send long term assistance to the victims through giving them thirteen (13) fishing boats. Finally, CJFI in cooperation with GlobalGiving and its generous donors financed the production of fishing boats to be given to the fishermen of the town. When the fisher folks received their boats their faces flashed a spirit of joy.

 

The boats were officially turned over to the beneficiaries through a short program organized by CJFI and the Local Government. Local Officials and town people were present to witness the turn-over.

            

            Day 2 of the Implementations, April 15, 2014, Municipality of Mac Arthur, Leyte - Today marks another helping endeavor, this time in a town more or less 45 kms away from Tacloban, Leyte. This town like many other towns in province, also suffered a lot and waited patiently for reliefs. The town people lived mainly through fishing and after the typhoon, it was really hard getting up on their feet to keep on with life until the Children’s Joy Foundation came and listed them for a fishing boat livelihood grant.

 

            The Children’s Joy Foundation volunteers in coordination with  the Municipal officials of the town, turned-over to the fisher folks fifteen (15) fishing boats to somehow give them the livelihood enabling them to once more face life full of hope and inspiration.

 

 In the afternoon, the Children’s Joy Foundation team visited two Day care centers located at Brgy. 74 Nula-Tula (Lower), Tacloban City and Brgy. 77, Fatima , Tacloban City , these Day Care centers are being constructed by the CJFI for the benefit of the children of the two localities. The construction is on its finishing stage and the turn-over schedule is set a date sooner.

 

In this particular locality, the foundation gave both livelihood and the gift of education for the children who survived a great ordeal in their lives which is the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

  

Day 3 of the Implementations, April 16, 2014, Municipalities  of Tolosa and Mayorga, Leyte – Excited residents of this coastal town line the seashore for the much awaited turn-over and eventually witness the first voyage of their sailors aboard the blue fishing boats courtesy of Children’s Joy Foundation and the generous donors of the GlobalGiving. It was a sight beaming with hope as fifteen (15) boats with CJFI and GlobalGiving seal went sailing for the first time promising a bountiful catch for the fisher folks.

 

The beneficiaries expressed their profound gratitude to the Children’s Joy Foundation and GlobalGiving for an answered prayer that has restored what super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) took away from them.

 

              In the afternoon, the CJFI team went to Mayorga, Leyte another town in the same province, also for the purpose of distribution of fishing boats. The team was met by town officials and residents who are all enthusiastic to receive their fishing boats purposely made for them by Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc and GlobalGiving.  The gratefulness and appreciation can be seen from the eyes of the residents.

 

There was an unexplained feeling of joy in our hearts as CJFI volunteers who have taken part in this mission knowing that we have been instrumental in the restoration of hope and life to this once stricken locality.

     

Day 4 of the Implementations, April 18, 2014, Brgy 77, Fatima, Tacloban, Leyte – After a series of livelihood project implementations, this time, it’s the Children’s Education that the Children’s Joy Foundation and GlobalGiving had worked on. We are turning-over a newly constructed, fully-furnished, Day Care Center for the benefit of the children in this chosen Barangay. A short turn-over program was done. The Barangay Captain and the Day Care worker who were both very happy about the project were there to finally receive it.  There were eighty children enrolled in the Day Care Center who will benefit from the project.

 

Day 5 of the Implementations, April 19, 2014, Brgy 74, Nula-Tula (Lower), Tacloban, Leyte –

Another turn-over ceremony of a newly constructed, fully furnished Day Care Center for the education of the children of this Barangay. Once again, the smiles of hope and gratitude flashed on the faces of beneficiaries as the never ending expression of thanks are expressed for the Children’s Joy Foundation and GlobalGiving. A sense of fulfillment filled our hearts as volunteers, we never felt tired, and we had a full day filled with joy.

 

Day 6 of the Implementations, April 20, 2014, Brgy. Sabang Daguitan, Dulag Leyte– The third building of newly constructed Day Care Center was officially accepted by the Barangay Council and the Day Care worker of this locality. Again a river of joy flows through hope filled faces of this once devastated area.

 

Aside from the Day Care Center, CJFI and Global Giving gave fishing boats to each of the three families who were identified to have dire need of livelihood assistance.

 

This is the end of our mission here, but it definitely is not the last because for as long as there are generous donors, GlobalGiving and the Children’s Joy Foundation, we will never tire becoming volunteers to extend our hand in helping out and giving hope, love and joy to our fellowmen.

Brand New Fishing Boats Beneficiaries
Brand New Fishing Boats Beneficiaries
The CJFI volunteers
The CJFI volunteers
Fisher folks assemble their new fishing boats
Fisher folks assemble their new fishing boats
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Can't wait to see it sail! -Tacloban fisherfolk
One of the Three New CJFI Day Care Centers
One of the Three New CJFI Day Care Centers

The Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. a non-stock, nonprofit organization, is established to help the abandoned, neglected and surrendered children in the Philippines. The foundation seeks to assist these children and youth in achieving their dreams through better education, physical and spiritual nourishment, and above all become God-loving and God-centered individuals.

As a sign of gratitude, CJFI conducted an ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO PARTNERS AND BENEFACTORS of the different CJFI shelters all over the Philippines to acknowledge people with a heart of pure kindness!

IMUS, CAVITE PAYS TRIBUTE TO SPONSORS

CJFI Imus, Cavite held its Annual Tribute to Partners and Benefactors on February 4, 2014 at the Cavite Clubhouse, Imus, Cavite.

The Annual Tribute to Partners and Benefactors is a customary tradition of the CJFI as its way of thanking its avid sponsors for their generosity in walking hand-in-hand with the CJFI for the cause of helping alleviate the plight of so many underprivileged children.

The event was attended by no less than the Local Chief Executive of Imus, Cavite Mayor Emmanuel “Manny” Maliksi. In his message, Mayor Manny urged the sponsors to continue with their kindness to the kids by not getting tired of helping and walking an extra mile for the sake of the children because these children are the hope of the nation.

SPONSORS COMMIT MORE SUPPORT FOR CJFI, QC

The Children’s Joy Foundation Inc., Quezon City center held the Annual Tribute to Partners and Benefactors on February 5, 2014 at its center office in Project 8, Quezon City, Philippines.

This year CJFI’s optimistic forecast is indeed encouraging as more and more sponsors commit to support more kids especially in their educational needs. One of the CJFI, QC sponsors Mrs. Lontoc promises to give more for the kids’ schooling, while Dell Philippines, the nation’s leading computer company obliges to give more support to the foundation, being its partner in computer education program.

SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA MAYOR GRACES CJFI TRIBUTE TO SPONSORS

February 6, 2014 was a red-letter date for the CJFI Pampanga center as this was reserved for the Annual Tribute to Partners and Benefactors of the said CJFI center.

This important event was held at Café Rustico in San Fernando City, Pampanga and was joined by the City Mayor himself, Honorable Edwin Santiago. In his message, the good Mayor emphasized the importance of the unique role of the non-government organizations such as CJFI which works as partners of the Local Government Units in delivering basic services to people. The good Mayor lauds CJFI for helping poor children.

CJFI LAGUNA HOLDS TRIBUTE TO SPONSORS

CJFI Laguna center thanked and paid tribute to its Partners and Benefactors last February 7, 2014 at the Laguna CJFI Center. As in the past, the event was graced by most of CJFI’s major sponsors. This year’s celebration however, was a bit touching, with the story of the three abandoned children referred by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSSDO). These kids were left abandoned after their parents were put to jail due to a drug related case. The kids are now safe at the custody of CJFI.

The CJFI event was also graced by personnel from the PNP Regional Command who brought some goodies and stuff for the children, likewise, some personnel from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) witnessed the occasion. The BJMP reported that the kids’ parents are glad that their children are safe and this gave them the motivation to do better their performance in jail.

CJFI CEBU THANKS SPONSORS THROUGH A TRIBUTE

The Annual Tribute to Sponsors and Benefactors of CJFI Cebu center was held on February 8, 2014 at the Cebu CJFI center in recognition to their unending support to the better welfare of the underprivileged children in Cebu as well as the whole Visayas island.

CJFI Beneficiaries prepared a personalized ‘Thank You’ card which they gave to their sponsors. It was a heartwarming event attended by most of the sponsors, benefactors and donors. The program ended with much pledges from sponsors to walk the extra mile in helping CJFI pursue the cause of feeding, clothing and sending to school more and more children in the Philippines.

CJFI DAVAO HOSTED ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO SPONSORS

CJFI ushered-in the love month with its Annual Tribute to Sponsors on February 3, 2014 at the Victoria’s Restaurant. The event was an expression of gratitude to those who unceasingly supported CJFI’s thrusts of feeding, clothing and sending to school three million children in the Philippines. Long time sponsors such as  JCWMC Cooperative, Golden Egg, Davao Light Corporation, SAgrex, JDY Distribution, Virginia Foods, Engzam and Holcim, attended the event.

THANK YOU, GLOBALGIVING!

Not forgetting the great leap that CJFI has achieved last year in response to Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims in the central region of the Philippines. We wouldn’t fail to thank GlobalGiving and all our online sponsors here on GlobalGiving as well!

Through your help, we have responded to thousands of families during last year’s disaster not only once but many times daily!

 

In almost 16 years of operation, CJFI has reached out, help and changed not only thousands but millions of lives. And we thank you, our dear sponsors, for without you we wouldn’t have gone these far.

With all these overwhelming support, CJFI through its founder, Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy, is very thankful for supporting us in this great cause for the children. We pray that the Almighty Father will give back a hundred fold of blessings more for your generosity.

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Davao City, Davao del Norte Philippines

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