Nov 9, 2020

Over 18,000 healthy meals served!

“It has been difficult because we haven’t been able to eat on time. We wait for people who are giving meals so we can have food to eat. It has been hard. I used to be a street sweeper but because of the pandemic, my job was affected. My husband takes whatever job he can even if it’s just P150 ($3) a day just so he can provide for our kids.”- Irma, Mother and a  Beneficiary at Sitio Dumpsite Antipolo

 

This report from the field paints a picture of just how families in poor communities in the Philippines now are left to struggle on their own to deal with unemployment and putting food on the table for their children.  Metro Manila and Central Luzon were considered as the epicenter of the Covid19 outbreaks and sadly our country continues to struggle in containing the spread of local transmission of the virus. As of this writing, the Philippines remains to have the 2nd highest number of cases in Southeast Asia with now 398,449 reported cases and still an upward trend in both the number of cases and the number of deaths. (https://www.csis.org/programs/southeast-asia-program/southeast-asia-covid-19-tracker-0)

 

As we are still dealing with food security brought about by the Pandemic, last November 1, a strong typhoon hit the Philippines bringing strong winds, flood, and devastation mostly in the Bicol and Southern Tagalog regions. “Only our floor remained” -said a  resident. With the threat of COVID-19 still remaining and many livelihoods destroyed by the typhoon, hunger is bound to rise again.

 

And so here we are providing you the update from our country and once again appealing for much-needed help to bring food security to thousands of affected families and their children, who like Irma haven’t been able to eat on time,  and “waits for people” who can give them meals so that they and their children can eat.  From this Covid19 Relief Fund, we have so far served over 18,000 healthy meals. We VALUE your contribution to this effort and seek your help as we continue to assist thousands of families during this unprecedented crisis until they are back on their feet. 

In our Sitio Dumpsite community, we asked some mothers how they have been during this pandemic, and here are their answers:

Aida: “My husband and I collect recyclable trash and sell it to junk shops to provide for our daily needs. My husband used to be a construction worker, but now he can’t go to work because he needs to submit several requirements. Requirements that we don’t have the capacity to provide for right now.”  

Jenny: “It has been hard. Almost every day we don’t have rice to cook, sometimes we do have but it is not enough, and sometimes I go to my father to ask for rice. Before the pandemic, I used to sell candles by the church. My husband also used to have regular work but now he takes side jobs whenever he has friends he can work for. He used to earn P400 ($8) a day but now he only earns P200 ($4).”

When we asked them how the feeding programs have been of help for them this is what the mothers said :

“It has really been of great help for the needs of the children. They are able to eat delicious food.” -Aida. 

“It is helping us because sometimes the kids are not able to eat.” Irma said, “For me, the feeding means a lot for my kids. They’re able to get by for one meal because of the feedings.”-Jenny 

Again, on behalf of all the beneficiaries, a BIG THANK YOU for partnering with us in this cause. Please consider sharing this initiative with your friends so we can extend help to more families.   Sharing some smiles brought by the meals you provided, hope it brings inspiration and encouragement to you all  :)

Sep 30, 2020

A Story of Dedication and Selflessness

It has been difficult for all of us ever since the pandemic started. Many of us have experienced some kind of loss and most of us adjusted to new circumstances. That is why we would like to share our volunteers’ story of dedication and selflessness to inspire and cheer you up.

On September 22, Ana, Charles, Ate Leony, Ate Weng, Monic, and Ate Ruth who are regular volunteers, prepared an early dinner meal for the kids at Sitio Dumpsite. They finished cooking and packing the meals of fried chicken, rice, and banana and were ready to deliver the food to the community by 3 pm. (Because of Covid-19 we’re now delivering meals to the kids instead of gathering them at our feeding station.) However, heavy rain started to pour. They waited for the rain to stop but it did not. Time was running out and the meals needed to be distributed. After one and a half hours, they decided to leave.

Armed for the rain in improvised raincoats made of plastic bags, they rented two tricycle. However, another hurdle came into view. The rain made the last few hundred meters impassable, so the team had to walk the rest of the way. With plastic bags full of meals in each hand, the team walked up the muddy and slippery road to reach the kids. It was nighttime when they finished serving all the food. They had to walk back to the feeding station because they had reallocated their transportation money to the meal budget to produce more meals. “We walked home drained of energy but our hearts were full,” one of them said later.

Ana documented their experience and you can watch it on our Facebook Page.

From the collective funds we received thru your generosity, together, we were able to provide meals to children in four feeding stations:

1. Bagumbayan and Libis: 130 kids

2. Sitio Dumpsite: 200 kids

3. Cainta: 100 kids

4. Brgy. Tarace: 50 kids

A total of 480 kids are served every week.

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” - Mandy Hale

This quote doesn’t apply only to the Sitio Dumpsite team but to you as well who finance this advocacy.

Where they started walking
Where they started walking
Fried chicken, rice, and banana for the kids!
Fried chicken, rice, and banana for the kids!
The meals they carried while walking on muddy road
The meals they carried while walking on muddy road
One happy kid!
One happy kid!
Sep 11, 2020

More than 4000 meals served!

Together, we have been able to serve more than 4000 meals to at least 200 kids of Sitio Dumpsite from the month of May till today. Thank you, donors!

The Sitio Dumpsite community has been struggling more than ever since COVID-19 hit the Philippines. Because of the lockdown and businesses being closed, many parents lost their jobs. Some families have been eating only twice a day. Parents text message our coordinator to ask about available food packs. One father asked if our coordinator could refer him to a construction job. Others personally went to our station asking for rice or canned goods.

So, whenever we prepare meals for the kids, we try our best to incorporate as many nutrients as possible. One meal we served was pork-and-squash patties on rice, sweet and sour sauce, and a banana for dessert.

We also want to inform you that after social distancing protocols were implemented, we revised our feeding format. Before the pandemic, we gathered the kids at our feeding station. Now, we pack the meals in paper containers and deliver them to the kids so they can eat at home.

Below are some photos from the feedings. 

Pork-and-squash patty and the kids enjoying it
Pork-and-squash patty and the kids enjoying it
What it looks like in the field
What it looks like in the field
Sample of meals we serve
Sample of meals we serve
More pictures of the from Sitio Dumpsite
More pictures of the from Sitio Dumpsite
 
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