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Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil

by Children's Joy Foundation, Inc.
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil
Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil

To our Valued Donors:

We have been quiet for a couple of months or so but it does not mean that we no longer need your help. Despite the many concerns that we are facing, our advocacy for helping the destitute Filipino children in the Philippines.

Every day, we are feeding our children in our Child Care Center facilities in the Philippines and we continue sending them to school because our vision for them is to give the opportunity to achieve their dreams, become productive in their chosen field of endeavor.  Most importantly become responsible, accountable, and active contributing member in the society.

Every happy face of the child that we see in the center is our inspiration and motivation to never halt looking for ways to sustain our advocacy for them. And our success is also your success as you are part of the team. 

We would like to inform you that last month (Jul 31, 2019), a team from GlobalGiving composed of Ms. Sandrina da Cruz and Ms. Grace Yu visited our Child Care facility in Davao City (Philippines).  We were so delighted because GlobalGiving really put an effort to visit their partners in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao region where there is a negative impression of the peace and order in the area. 

Their presence really inspires us to do more for the kids that we serve.  That is why this report is posted to let you know our dear donors of the great effort they've done to their partners.  Our 6-year old child in the center when he knew our visitors were from GlobalGiving whispered his houseparent "mababait sila no? niyakap niya ako"  (They are good. She embraced me).

Again, thank you for your help.  Your donation is very meaningful to the kids.  

 

 

    

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In almost all of the places in the Philippines today, inequality – the gap between the rich and the poor – is quite high and is even more widening. Poverty has always been present. It is one of the biggest and most evident problems in the country.

The Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. is one of the most active NGOs in the Philippines that contributes and takes part for the social welfare of poor and destitute Filipinos, especially abandoned, neglected, orphaned and dependent children.

On the 3rd day of September 2018, around 1:56 in the afternoon, Ms. Mylene Martinez, the Violence against Women Desk Officer rescued Nene (not her real name) and her 2 siblings who were allegedly abandoned by their parents. It has been 11 days since their parents left and they were without food and proper clothing. They were found wandering around the suburbs of Toril, Davao City without adult supervision.

Upon discovery of their parents' whereabouts, Jocelyn, Nene's mother, lamentedly reasoned out that she and her husband went to Compostela Valley to earn a living by selling "chicharron" (fried pork skin), peanuts, and bottled water in the streets without considering their children’s provision and safety.

The family is living in a rented small dilapidated shanty located beside the river. The house is made up of bamboo and tarpaulin that served as the wall while the roof is made up of rusty steel thin sheets. The small space which they called their home already served as their kitchen, living room, and bedroom. For a big family, it was very uncomfortable and unhealthy.

Since the parents don’t have sufficient income to support the daily basic needs of the children, much more their education, as well as the fact that they were too irresponsible to leave their young children without proper care for more than a week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development referred Nene and her siblings to the Children's Joy Foundation, Inc. on September 19, 2018.

Since then, the foundation was able to provide for their physiological needs such as food, shelter, clothing, education, safety, love, and belongingness that will help them develop a sense of well-being as they grow up and look forward to a better future.

Nene expressed her gratitude, “Nagpapasalamat jud ko sa bag-o ug gwapong balay na gishare sa amua ug nakaskwela na mi matupad na jud akong mga pangarap ug nakakaon na mi ug tarong. Daghang salamat CJFI.” (I am very thankful for the new and beautiful house that you have shared to us and you also sent us to school so I can reach my dreams. We are now finally able to eat good food. Thank you very much, CJFI!)

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Children's Joy Foundation, Inc. never stops giving love to thousands of destitute children not only here in the Philippines but all over the world. Every child deserves the love of a family and one of them is Len.

When Len's parents married, they lived a simple life. However, due to the demands of life and hardships they faced every day, her parents, later on, had problems supporting a family of seven children, the youngest of which is Len.

Unfortunately, their relationship didn't go well when her mother went to another place to find work and was later found out to have an illicit affair with another man. Eventually, this led to a separation. Len was only 2 years old back then.

Her father took the responsibility since the mother abandoned them and now living with her new family. Since then, her father was left raising them alone single-handedly. Len grew up in a broken family.

She was not given enough attention, love, and care that often times makes her hard-headed. In her early age, she became depressed and malnourished because of her father's inadequate income.

Len's father was worried that the child would grow up unruly without a proper care and supervision. Growing up without a mother to guide her, and a father who is always away is definitely not good in raising any child.

In 2017, Len was admitted to Children's Joy Foundation, Inc. Her physical attributes were presented normal according to the age development of a child.

Now, in her new life inside a 24/7 residential center, she is well-provided with her daily needs such as three meals a day, clothing, personal supplies, among others. She is even sent to school and provided with books and school supplies. Now with proper nutrition and motivation from the people around her in CJFI, she stands out in her class and is very motivated. She obeys every house rule at the center and enjoys every single minute living in her newfound home..

Despite her past experiences, Len is molded to become more responsible in her life and is very grateful to CJFI who supports her needs physically, materially, and most importantly, emotionally.

Alvin, 7 yrs. old
Alvin, 7 yrs. old

The richness of imagination and the power of inner creativity is evident, proven and usually found in the minds of children today. In the news, we’d be baffled by promising teenage chess Grandmasters taking mature opponents by storm, a number of gifted young virtuosi in music confounding a crowd of divas, songwriters, and musicians, and wonderfully-talented young artists selling thousands of dollars of paintings in different parts of the world.

In Children’s Joy Foundation Inc, not only do we feed and send to school neglected, abandoned or dependent children, they are also taught to express themselves through different forms of art.

Just  recently, a Summer Arts Camp themed, “Where Passion and Creativity Meet”, was held for the children at the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. Davao Residential Care Home, along with their houseparents and staff.

It was a three-day event where the kids got to enjoy different activities while they showcase their talents.

Alvin, admitted in the foundation at the age of 7, is now making a progress in the board game he loved playing with other beneficiaries in the shelter. He finished 2nd place in chess during the Summer Arts Camp.

Danielle, 8 years old, performed with her team in the cheering competition during the camp. She has developed a love for dancing - cheer dancing in particular.

Kevin opened the Summer Arts Camp 2018 by lighting the torch. He came from Tacloban - an island in the Philippines which was badly hit by the Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. His family who is still recovering from their loss asked CJFI for assistance which was when Kevin was referred to the center.

The Summer Arts Camp is an annual event being conducted in all the residential care facilities of the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. for the benefit of the children under its care.

***Note: For the protection of our children beneficiaries, the names used in this report are not their real names.

Danielle (cheerdance competition)
Danielle (cheerdance competition)
Kevin (opening ceremony)
Kevin (opening ceremony)
Team Avengers
Team Avengers
Tent-making
Tent-making
Boodle Fight
Boodle Fight

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CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations

Just a few days before Christmas, Typhoon Tembin (local name: Vinta), the deadliest cyclone to strike Mindanao since Typhoon Bopha (local name: Pablo) in 2012, made its rage felt in the Davao region where one of CJFI's residential care centers is located. It was the Philippine's 27th storm and appeared less than two weeks after Tropical Storm Kai-Tak (local name: Urduja) made landfall, taking lives and costing millions of damages.

It was a devastating sight as thousands of men, women, and children, who were preparing to celebrate Christmas, fled their homes to save their lives from the serious flooding in different parts of Mindanao — Bukidnon, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Misamis Oriental, and Davao City.

In an interview with one of the evacuees, Ruben of Davao City said, "Noong araw ng bente-tres, hapon nun, ang barangay namin nagbigay rin sila ng abiso. Kaso nung bandang alas singko ng hapon, bigla lang talaga lumakas ang tubig kaya yon, yung bahay namin nadurog sa tubig. Kaya kami nandito ngayon (It was December 23 in the afternoon when the Barangay officials advised us. And later in the afternoon, the flood water suddenly flowed heavily, submerging all of our houses. That’s why we are all here (in the evacuation site) right now)."

"Saglit lang, siguro mga nasa kalsada na kami, nung mga dalawang segundo lang nasa likod na namin yung tubig. Sobrang lakas tapos ang current ng tubig talagang pabilog (It was very sudden, when we were out in the streets, maybe two seconds, the water is already behind us and the current was so strong)," Ruben added.

On that same day, the staff and volunteers of the Children's Joy Foundation, Inc. immediately prepared for disaster response operations for the affected children and families. The children under our care at the CJFI Davao Center even helped with the packing of the relief goods and clothes that were to be distributed to the evacuation centers. The packing lasted for hours but no one seemed to mind the lack of sleep.

It was already five in the morning (December 24th, 5am) when the truck was finally loaded and the team began the drive towards the evacuation centers. We visited different evacuation sites which accommodated more than a thousand evacuees in Davao City that day.

The evacuation centers were filled with families who have nowhere to go — some have even lost everything except the clothes on their backs. Yet despite such ill fate, many were still able to smile and be thankful that they still have their love ones with them and for the help being extended by concerned organizations and individuals.

Finally at two in the afternoon (December 24th, 2pm), the CJFI staff and volunteers arrived back at the residential care center where the children were waiting — excited to begin setting up for the Christmas Eve party.

It was one of the most memorable we've ever had as all the staff, our children, and the families around our neighborhood gathered together at the CJFI Davao residential care center to celebrate Christmas together.

Everyone was tired and we needed sleep, but no storm can dampen the spirit of Christmas and the hope for the New Year. And seeing how our children from the CJFI residential center volunteered to help in the relief activities and even gave away some of their clothes and things for the children in the evacuation centers made it all the more meaningful.

The next day was Christmas Day and the CJFI volunteers and staff once again visited the evacuation centers to continue the relief operations.

Lolita, one of the evacuees told CJFI, “Bisan ingon-ani ang among kahimptang karung Pasko, naka-celebrate gihapon mi diri bisan gamay. Salamat kaayo sa inyong tabang (Despite our circumstances this Christmas, we were still able to celebrate in our own little way. Thank you to you all who extended your help.”

CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
CJFI Disaster Response Operations
Christmas Party with neighborhood
Christmas Party with neighborhood
Christmas Party with neighborhood
Christmas Party with neighborhood
Christmas Party with neighborhood
Christmas Party with neighborhood
Christmas Party with neighborhood
Christmas Party with neighborhood
Christmas Party with neighborhood
Christmas Party with neighborhood
Christmas Party with neighborhood
Christmas Party with neighborhood

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Children's Joy Foundation, Inc.

Location: Davao City, Davao del Sur - Philippines
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Project Leader:
Riene Tagupa
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Davao City, Davao del Sur Philippines

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