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Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil

by Children's Joy Foundation, Inc.
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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

Before anything else, we’d like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude for your support on our project “Help Feed and Send to School Poor Kids in the Phil”.

The management and staff of Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. or CJFI, are very glad to report another meaningful victory and a significant milestone in the history of CJFI operation.

CJFI, founded 22 years ago, remains steadfast in its mission to give love to many destitute children deprived of basic care and protection and to guide their lives to become active contributing members in our society when they reach their maturity.

Just last month, Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. was awarded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as the BEST NGO for 2019 among the 60,000 NGOs in the Philippines. This prestigious award is given to an NGO whose passion in their vision led them to achieve greater heights through various best practices. For CJFI, this reflects the organization’s deep dedication and commitment in changing the lives of the many poor Filipino children.

The award was given last January 28, 2020 as one of the highlights of the 69th founding anniversary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  CJFI was congratulated by the current DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista. He commended CJFI for making an impact on the lives of the many poor Filipino children.

Many of the famous personalities in the event also shook hands with the Management Committee who represented CJFI on that day, acknowledging CJFI’s popular community-based projects like the Computer Literacy Program that benefitted hundreds of indigent children and out-of-school youth, the construction and renovation of a number of Day Care Center as its Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) initiative, and most especially, it’s state-of-the-art residential care facility in Davao City.

This year 2020, CJFI is looking forward for momentous achievements all in the name of promoting child protection and welfare.

Here’s what to look forward to this year:

  1. More Day Care Centers – It’s already laid out and the organization has set its eyes on adopting five (5) additional Day Care Centers in Mindanao (southern part of the Philippines). As an Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) initiative, CJFI aims to target a root cause of poverty: poor brain development during the formative years of a child leading to what’s called “Poverty Mindset”
  2. Year-Round Supplemental Feeding Program – One of the drive of CJFI this year is to improve the health of undernourished children in depressed communities. This is also an Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) initiative by CJFI.
  3. Expansion and Accreditation of Computer Literacy Program – With the success of the previous campaign to educate more poor children and out-of-school youth, this year will include not only remote and marginalized LGUs in the Visayas region, but also other NGOs who share the same vision with CJFI in protecting the welfare of poor children.
  4. Improved Disaster Response Management – Philippines, along with other islands and coasts, in the ring of fire, has experienced torrents of earthquake and volcanic eruptions this past few months. CJFI Management, since then, has taken steps to prepare to respond to these calamities when it hit. One important step is to strengthen CJFI’s connections and networks.

With this final GlobalGiving Report, we would like to invite you, our valued donors, to also visit us in our website where we will be making our updates from now on. Our website is https://childrensjoyfoundation.org .

While you are browsing through our posts, be sure to head on to “Ways You Can Help” and sign up! Here you can also find more than just one way of helping us further our mission in reaching out to more children in need.

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This is an update related to the eruption of Taal Volcano which is near one of our residential care facilities in the Philippines. As of the time of this writing, all of the residential and community beneficiaries of Children’s Joy Foundation Laguna Center has been move to the residential care facility in the National Capital Region.

January 13, 2020, when the volcano started spewing out ashes, rocks, and finally lava, the shelter which houses the poor and disadvantaged children is completely covered with ashes. Around 6 to 8 inches thick of ashes concealed the front and backyard, while the once-clear swimming pool darkened. The vegetable garden maintained by the kids have been destroyed by the highly acidic ashes and rocks.

At around evening, the whole town of Canlubang ran out of water and the staff and houseparents had to find ways to drinkable water for everyone, especially the kids. On the same night, the electricity was also cut off (electricity in the town is generated through hydro-electricity from Maria Cristina falls).

The following morning, January 14, the Center Head and rest of the staff made a decision to move the kids to the shelter in the National Capital Region, which is further from the volcano and declared safe by the government.

CJFI didn’t stop at just protecting our own. Our social workers, in partnership with various agencies, surveyed the evacuation centers within the 17km-danger-zone radius and looked for one that isn’t reached by aid. As soon as we have identified an evacuation center, around midday of January 14, we have opened our doors for donations and the quick response team is working out the relief operations.

If you would like to extend your support, feel free to visit the GlobalGiving Project for the relief operations here http://bit.ly/cjfi-disaster-recovery.

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Every year, CJFI achieves excellence in empowering children and communities through various holistic approaches and interventions. With the admitted disadvantaged and poor children in the residential care center as either neglected, abandoned, orphaned or dependent, the foundation strives to make sure that these children live a life of responsibility and accountability and become a strong pillar in nation-building.

This vision is parallel to this year’s National Children’s Month themed “Karapatang Pambata: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan”, which focuses of child’s rights. CJFI Cebu beneficiaries, both the residential-based and community-based beneficiaries, alongside the CJFI staff were positive and enthusiastic in helping out not only during the event’s preparation but also on the big day itself.

The implementation accommodated over one hundred beneficiaries of the Brgy. Cubacub Community, and was attended by their ever-supportive officials namely Brgy Chairman Hon. Almario P. Bihag, Brgy Midwife Mrs. Mary Desire Bacasmas, RM and Brgy. Councilor Mr. Celso Vega.

It was a fun-filled day full of goodies and prizes donated by CJFI major sponsors, wherein some of them hosted games and interacted with the kids, particularly the Jollibee mascot who surprised the kids making them overwhelmed with joy and fun.

After the energetic games, CJFI Cebu beneficiaries entertained the Brgy Cubacub constituents through a Christmas musical medley presentation by playing rondalla, singing, and dancing. Foods like bread, cakes, muffins, cupcakes, donuts, candies, chips, hamburgers, sausages, siomai, and drinks like juices, milk and chocolate drinks, and even school supplies and toys were given to their heart’s content. Not only that, they get to enjoy the free haircut services sponsored by CJFI Cebu as early as 8:30 in the morning.

Brgy Cubacub officials all expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the management of CJFI Cebu, sponsors and most especially to the founding President of CJFI, Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy for making this event possible, as it is their first time to witness a non-government organization exerting such effort and extra mile that brought big smiles to their constituents. They expressed that Brgy. Cubacub is very lucky for having CJFI in their community because they are not only helping children under their care but also extending help to the community while seeing true compassion and love in every staff and volunteer. The event has deeply touched the lives of those involved and are looking forward to a more fruitful partnership with CJFI Cebu.

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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.

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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