Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

by Asia America Initiative
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Food and Shelter for Philippine Typhoon Survivors

Project Report | Mar 18, 2015
School-based Nutrition Leads to Students' Success

By Albert Santoli | Project Leader

Catig-Lacadon Elementary reading books from AAI
Catig-Lacadon Elementary reading books from AAI

SCHOOL BASED  NUTRITION PROGRAM LEADS TO STUDENT's SUCCESS AFTER TYPHOON

 When Asia America Initiative members first visited the 189 Filipino students at Catig-Lacadon Elementary School in Dueñas,in rural Iloilo province, they found a school devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.  Buildings were devastated, most books were destroyed and children were suffering from malnutrition caused by crop destruction. The school was largely forgotten by the government and were not expecting any assistance. Even though AAI had a limited budget and many schools requesting our assistance, we made a commitment to provide supplemental textbooks donated from United States schools.  And we asked the school administrators and Parent-Teachers Association to wortk with us on a daily school lunch proogram cooked and served by voluneer parents and teachers.  

AAI Head Nurse, Ms. Faith Omel dela Torre, made the difficult journey into a highland area to get a first hand view of the shool's most urgent needs. She recommended we intervene with an emphasis on nutrition, hygiene and reading maerials. She believed our showing concern would provide the Hope to begin healing from the trauma and maintaining a strong standard of education.  

School Principal Rowena recalls, "After the typhoon most all of our school books were destroyed and many families in our community could barely feed their children due to the destroyed crops. Being a rural school we felt very worried about that no one would come to our aid and we could not resume nornal lives. The visit of AAI to our small community was an unexpected surprise. Teachers and parents had a meeting and decided to accept AAI's offer of support." AAI delivered books,water pipes for clean water and pots and pans for daily lunches to be cooked by Moms, as well as a difgital scale to weigh the children and chart their health recovery. 

The school community responded by purchasing a refrigerator to be used for storage of their food purchases for week's feeding. With AAI donors' in the US providing modest funding support, the PTA could purchase fresh foods for one week and reduce  transportation expense. Parents also agreed to assist with gardening and cooking daily lunches. Each parent doing the cooking brought their own pots and ladles. In her monthly visits, Nurse Faith reflects, "I was touched by the sincerity and the cooperation of each parent and teacher in our program. Rather than skip clases because they were sick or too weak from lack of food, children have gone school every day because of the feeding. The teachers told me that if it is like a holiday and the children look sad if they missed the feeding for a day because every day they were excited for the menu.

Classroom improvement of the children is noticable.  Parents and teachers also bing vegetables that are available in their backyardd gardens so that they can provide more food for lunch. Children bring their own rice every day except for those whose families don’t have enough money to provide. In those cases, the teachers provide for their needs.

During the first first week of March, 2015,  Nurse Faith completed the third weighing of the children. "I am happy to inform you," she conveys, "that the students of Catig-Lacadon ES are now always present and active in class because of our feeding program. No student or child is now experiencing stomach aches and dizziness because of the hunger. Although there are some children that did not eat their breakfast before going to school because they don’t have food at home, they go to school early because they are excited for their feeding."

Principal Rowena adds, "Most of the children are gaining weight with only a few still malnourished. Teachers report that children are now more active in outdoor play and in class discussions compared to just six months ago.It was only. AAI who remembered us and inspired this feeding program and provided essential support. Teachers and parents are so very thankful." 

The nutritional improvement and the text books provided by AAI has permitted  Catig-Lacadon Elementary to have remedial education classes scheduled everyday in each grade  to borrow and read the books that AAI provided. There is also a  mini Library in the principal’s office. The books are still in the big plastic boxes which are neatly arranged and kept properly. Principal Rowena states, "The children really value the books that AAI gave to them." And the school has shined in academic performance, Recently, three Catig-Lacadon students were champions in a Regional math competition. Principal Rowena sends her heartfelt message to the Global Giving donor community,  "God bless all those donors to AAI who have made our recovery possible." 

Catig-Lacadon building destroyed by typhoon
Catig-Lacadon building destroyed by typhoon
Pupils of Catig-Lacadon Elementary
Pupils of Catig-Lacadon Elementary
Catig-Lacadon teachers and parents cook and serve
Catig-Lacadon teachers and parents cook and serve
Students eat together outdoors Catig-Lacadon
Students eat together outdoors Catig-Lacadon
sweet snacks during National Exams for 3rd graders
sweet snacks during National Exams for 3rd graders
Final Exams at Catig-Lacadon
Final Exams at Catig-Lacadon
Regional math champions from Catig-Lacadon
Regional math champions from Catig-Lacadon

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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