Children's Joy Foundation, Inc.

The vision of Children's Joy is to achieve excellence of its operation in greater heights to empower the children in God's way to live a life of responsibility, and accountability to become a strong pillar in nation building. The mission of Children's Joy Foundation is to reach out the greater masses of destitute children in the country that are neglected, abandoned, dependent, and orphaned by feeding them, providing them a decent shelter, providing them with decent clothing, and sending them to school to achieve their dreams, become responsible and accountable in their community and nation building. The goal of Children's Joy is to provide three million children in the Phili...
Jun 29, 2016

Your help increased my faith

Roselyn plans to take up HRM and work in a hotel.
Roselyn plans to take up HRM and work in a hotel.

            I am Roselyn, 17 years old and a Grade 10 student of a public school here in Southern Philippines. I live with my grandmother and I can say that everyday is a winning moment for me. Life's struggles are there for me to overcome and to be victorious.

            I could remember when I was little, my parents always quarreled over money issues and my father’s drinking problem. Eventually, they separated when I was five years old. My mother brought me to her hometown where she found another partner after a year. She had a new family since then.

            When my Lola (grandmother) came, niuban nalang jud ko sa iyaha kay dili na jud nako maantos ang kalisod sa among kahimtang labi na naay laing kauban si Mama og dili pud mi niya gina atiman og tarung kay labada lang iyang ginapangtustus sa amoa (I went with her because I could not take the difficulties at home anymore especially when Mama has a new husband. She could not take care of us, too, because she always has to wash other people’s clothes to earn money for our basic needs.)

            I was referred to the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. residential care center. There, all my needs were provided. All I had to do was do well in my studies which I did. When the time came that I was discharged from the shelter, I had to adjust again to our situation at home with my grandmother. But thank heavens; blessings have followed me because I was still included in the CJFI’s computer literacy program in our community last summer.

            The program has helped me gain confidence in using computers. Before, when we have research works in school, my classmates and I would just contribute money so that one of us could go to the internet café and do the research work for all of us. This way we could save money. But honestly, I really did not know how to use the computer so our strategy was convenient for me. Another concern was the budget. Whenever we had a research project, I would ask money from my Kuya (brother) who is a security guard in the barangay. When he had nothing to give, Lola would borrow money and pledge her SSS pension.

            Now, I am no longer scared to use a computer. I do my assignments and research projects with confidence. I am so glad that I attended the computer classes last summer. It was worth it. I may still spend money, but, at least I can enhance my computer skills every time I do my school tasks.

            Hopefully, sa tanan mga donors and sponsors na naga supporta ani na project padayun pa mo sa pag suporta ani, tama jud ang inyung ginatabangan kay para sa akoa mas nidako ang akung pagtoo na pakab-ot nako ang akung pangandoy (to all the donors and sponsors who support this project, please continue to do so because you are never wrong in helping us. For me, my faith that I can reach my dreams grew bigger).

            Thank you so much.

 

Forever grateful,

Roselyn

CJFI beneficiary

My grandmother inspires me to do my best. -Roselyn
My grandmother inspires me to do my best. -Roselyn
I was scared to use a computer, but not anymore.
I was scared to use a computer, but not anymore.
I find time to do my chores and help Lola at home.
I find time to do my chores and help Lola at home.
Jun 23, 2016

Straight from the heart

"We are given a chance to progress with your help"
"We are given a chance to progress with your help"

            I am Flora, 36, a housewife and a mother to eight children. I am married to a farmer who earns less than three dollars a day. I help my husband plant corn, cassava or sweet potatoes on a borrowed lot whenever I am free from the house chores. We wait for almost five months before we can harvest corn for our consumption. We feed on “lagutmon” or root crops while we wait for harvest. We are able to eat rice just once a week. If there is no viand, we concoct soup out of water and salt.

            We are already used to poverty. I was born to a poor family and never had I experienced living a life without worries. However, with my children’s future at stake, I feel that I have to do something to help them get out of the usual cycle of being poor and hungry.

            Education for me is vital so that my children will have a better chance in life. Unlike me, they are still young and can still redirect the course of their lives by studying well. However, my daughter, Gina, struggles in school. Kung ako siya estoryaan murag wala jud sa iyaha. Mao sa iyang pag eskwela perme pula ang iyang grado. Ingon ang iyang teacher nag sige lang daw sya og dula pero sa iyang pangutok hinay jud daw. (When I talk to her, she seems she does not understand. She always gets failing grades. Her teacher said that she always plays but she is dull.)

            As a mother, I am worried. I know that I am not providing enough nutritious food for my children. Despite the struggles, though, I am looking for ways to keep them in school. Dili ko gusto na ilang masinati ang pait sa kinabuhi para pag-abot sa panahon makatabang na pud sila sa amoa. Gusto baya ni Gina na mahimu siya’g teacher. (I don’t like them to experience the bitter life that I have gone through. Time will come that they can help us. Gina dreams to be a teacher someday.)

            My spirit was lifted up when the supplemental feeding was initiated by the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. I felt like a burden was taken off from my shoulders. I know that it will only run for several months but it is already a big help. With the program, I know that my children are fed with nutritious food everyday until their physical well-being improves.

            My children also received school kits. I am very happy. Dako amung pasalamat kay usahay mawad-an me og paglaom pero kamu naa kanunay naga pahimangno na biskan kami na membro sa IP naa diay me katungod na mulambo.(We are very thankful because at times we lose hope but you are always there to remind us that even if we belong to the indigenous community, we have the right to progress.)

            Thank you for remembering our children. We would always pray for your success.

         

With much love,

Flora

Project Beneficiary

Gina dreams to be a teacher someday.
Gina dreams to be a teacher someday.
May 31, 2016

A 'mother' at 10

"I worked to feed my little siblings." - Joanna,10
"I worked to feed my little siblings." - Joanna,10

          Finding real peace is heartbreaking when you are left with a huge responsibility that is supposedly shouldered by your parents. That was how Joanna, 10, felt when their mother left her with three little siblings to care for; the youngest was barely one year old.

          Feeding themselves was a struggle. She had to fetch water for her neighbors to earn P300 or less than US$6 a month. She learned to budget for their needs- rice, viand, drinking water, a small pack of powdered milk and sugar. Hearing all these things, I was amazed. She was quick to explain that she would prepare watery milk for the baby and sweeten it with sugar just to stretch the milk supply longer. Whenever it ran out, she would feed the baby with mashed rice softened by hot water.

            Joanna further revealed that fear always gripped her heart at night. Afraid that the kerosene lamp might burn their house while they slept, Joanna would put it off before she dozed off. Her 5-year old sister quipped, “Nakakatakot kasi madilim. Natutulog na lang kami kaagad. (It was scary because it was dark. We just go to sleep immediately.).”

          One day, Joanna was frightened when the baby got sick. “Nagkasakit yung baby. Nilagnat siya. Nilagyan ko ng face towel na may yelo ang noo. Tapos, bumaba na lagnat niya. (The baby got sick. He had fever. I put a towel with ice on his forehead then his fever subsided).” She said that she learned what she did from her mother.

            With the hardships that she encountered, however, she never thought of giving away her siblings. She said that seeing them intact gave her comfort in the midst of uncertainties.

            In March 2015, the siblings were referred to Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. by the local government’s social workers. However, since the baby was underage and could not be admitted at CJFI with them, Joanna cried like a mother whose baby was being separated from her. After a while, having understood that the baby will be admitted at a nearby foundation and will be cared for properly, she gave in. The promise that they could visit him regularly assured and comforted her.

            At the shelter, the three siblings easily adjusted with the new people and environment. They are provided with their basic needs like food, clothes, and free education. “Binibigyan kami ng pagkain, mga damit. Nakakapag-aral na rin po kami. Pagkagaling sa school, nagtu-tutor po sa amin yung mga houseparents para matuto po kami. (They give us food and clothes. We are also going to school now. After school, we have tutorial sessions with our houseparents so that we will learn well),” Joanna shared in a soft tone.

            Her stay at the shelter has helped her in many ways. “Marunong na akong magsaing ng kanin, magluto ng ulam tulad ng pritong isda, hotdog, itlog. Tumutulong po ako sa kusina. Naglalaba rin po ako ng mga damit ko. Marunong na rin akong magtiklop ng mga damit. (I can cook rice and viand like fried fish, hotdogs, and eggs. I help in the kitchen. I wash my own clothes. I also learned how to fold my clothes),” she paused then added, “pati mag-pray (and how to pray)”.

            “What do you pray for?” I asked. She fell silent and tears welled in her eyes. She looked at me seriously now, “Sana magkakasama na kaming magkakapatid. Sana makasama na namin ang aming bunso. (I wish that we can all be together. I wish that our youngest brother can be with us.”

            It took me a while to say something. I assured her that her little brother was fine and that when he is bigger, then, they can be together at the shelter. She nodded in agreement.

            Before we ended our conversation, I asked the center head to give them a treat as I was flying back to my hometown early the next day. The three children were elated!

            Then I asked her what she would like to be in the future. Joanna said, “Katulad ng mga ate. Gusto kong mag-alaga din ng mga bata dito sa CJF. (I wish to be like our big sisters (social workers or house parents) here. I want to take care of the children here at CJF, too).”

            As they were preparing to leave, I caught a glimpse of Joanna smiling, her arms over the shoulders of her brother and sister.

            The pain of abandonment taught Joanna how important it is for a child to truly feel loved, safe, and cherished. She thanks all the generous sponsors who make it possible for them to get help, making them feel how truly wonderful they are.

            You can help more children like Joanna have a loving home where they can be children. On June 15, Global Giving offers a 50% match to every online donation beginning at 9:01 a.m. EDT or 2:01 p.m. BST until funds run out. There are US$ 110, 000 in matching funds available on GlobalGiving.org and £10,000 on GlobalGiving.co.uk. Your donation will help us provide the basic needs of children who are abandoned, neglected and orphaned in the six CJFI residential care centers in the Philippines. Also, sharing this amazing news with others will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

Bonding time with siblings, Jonnah and Jonathan
Bonding time with siblings, Jonnah and Jonathan
Joanna takes care of her younger sister well.
Joanna takes care of her younger sister well.
The little chef in the kitchen is all set.
The little chef in the kitchen is all set.
CJFI staff awards Joanna for her good performance.
CJFI staff awards Joanna for her good performance.
Trying the telescope for the first time
Trying the telescope for the first time
 

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