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#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!

by Reach Out and Feed Philippines Inc.
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
#ProjectBaon: School Meals for 300 Filipino Kids!
Kids at Bagumbayan QC
Kids at Bagumbayan QC

To our dear Donors and Partners,

Year 2020 is the 5th year of the #ProjectBaon program and there are simply no words to describe our gratefulness for your support and love for the thousands of kids who have received their school meals through this program since 2015.

School year 2020-2021 will be a totally different experience for all the kids in the communities we serve. Due to the Covid19 Pandemic, there are still no definite plans on when schools will be open. With covid 19 cases still on the rise and no vaccine yet available, the government, educators and parents are all in agreement that Schools should NOT open yet. 

And so #ProjectBaon continues with our team going house to house to deliver these essential meals for the kids and in some communities even for their whole family. To maximize the impact, we have decided to  combine  funds from the #ProjectBaon Fundraiser with our Covid19 Relief Funds.

In the first wave of meal and food pack distribution, a total  of  3,071 meals were distributed to 4 different locations as below : 

  1. Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City 
  2. Brgy. Kamuning, Quezon City
  3. Sitio Banaba, Antipolo City 
  4. Brgy. San Jose, Antipolo City 

In Brgy. Bagumbayan Quezon City, one family you are helping is the family of Lilian, a single mother of 5 kids.

“I see happiness in my kids whenever we receive meals from you.” says Lilian.  The father of her children is in jail. Lilian had him imprisoned because of his drug habit. “Even if it means my having to raise the children alone, I’d rather see him behind bars” she says.  Before the quarantine, she made a living by peddling sampaguita flowers along Katipunan Avenue and sometimes by cleaning condo units at Eastwood City.   Since the lockdown began, she and her children have been forced to stay in their small house beside the river in Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City. She has no way to earn a living, no means of providing food for her children."

Lilian is just one of the thousands of families we are able to help through your continous support.

Please pray for our team as we increase our reach to more locations needing help. Please pray for the protection of staff and volunteers who has been preparing the meals, packing relief and distributing it to the communities as Covid19 remains a real threat to the health of everyone. 

We THANK you! We hope that you will be blessed beyond your expectations in the coming months even through this difficult season we are all in.  Thank you for showing us, and the families we help that there is still HOPE. 

 

Yours sincerely,

Dawn + ROFP Board of Trustees, Staff and Volunteers

Single Mom-Lilian and Kids
Single Mom-Lilian and Kids
Lilian's Kids
Lilian's Kids
Meals for Antipolo Station
Meals for Antipolo Station
Meals for Quezon city Station
Meals for Quezon city Station
Food packs for 225 families in Quezon City
Food packs for 225 families in Quezon City
A Kid in Antipolo excited to receive his meal
A Kid in Antipolo excited to receive his meal
A kid enjoying his meal
A kid enjoying his meal
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It’s 2020! Last year, together with your help, we were able to feed more than a thousand children, serve approximately 20,000 meals and reach 17 communities.

And now we’re glad to share to you that this February we’re looking forward to opening 7 more feeding stations at the following places:

1. Damayang Lagi, Quezon City

2. Libis, Quezon City

3. Bagumbayan, Quezon City (2 locations)

4. Brgy. Tarace, San Carlos City, Pangasinan

5. Sitio Dumpsite, Antipolo, Rizal (We're opening a new Project Baon feeding station)

6. Paenaan, Antipolo, Rizal

210 more kids will be fed in these stations either once or thrice a week. We’re also glad to inform you that we’re only 10,000 dollars away from our goal. Thank you very much for your continuous support in this project! 

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Sitio Dumpsite
Sitio Dumpsite

In our last quarterly report, we shared about our Tacloban Feeding Station. Now we are happy to tell you that we have 12 more feeding stations in operation! Four of these are in Luzon and eight are in Mindanao.

Luzon. All the four feeding stations in Luzon are outreaches. Outreaches open at least once a week and serve healthy meals and at times fruits too. Just this October, we started serving milk with our meals at all of our feeding stations! A chocolate company partnered with us and provided the milk we serve. They made a campaign called Generosity Bars. The Generosity Bars are chocolate bars from which the milk was removed and given to the kids.

Every Saturday, the four feeding stations feed kids who are mostly from poor families or slum areas. The Sta. Lucia and Sitio Banaba (both in Antipolo City) feeding stations and the Cubao feeding station (in Quezon City) all feed 30 kids weekly. The Sitio Dumpsite feeding station (in Antipolo) which was closed from March to August reopened in September. It serves 100 kids. Beyond feeding children, the outreaches also engage them in fun activities like music, games, and storytelling.

Mindanao. In Mindanao, we have seven outreaches and one Project Baon. These are the outreaches in Agusan Del Sur and the number of kids they serve:

  1. Jireh Christian Ministries – 30 kids
  2. Anchor Bay Evangelistic Church – 30 kids
  3. Body of Christ, San Isidro – 30 kids
  4. P-10 Lower Lukad – 30 kids
  5. Brgy. San Isidro – 30 kids
  6. P-9 Patrocenio – 30 kids
  7. Brgy. Manat – 50 kids

Brgy. Manat also operates a Project Baon that serves 30 kids three times a week. This feeding program has a duration of three months and the weight of children is monitored. We hope to bring you the kids' progress in this station in our next report.

All in all, we are serving 450 kids in these 12 new feeding stations. All of these are possible through your generous donations. Thank you.

Sta Lucia
Sta Lucia
Sitio Banaba
Sitio Banaba
Cubao
Cubao
Brgy. Manat
Brgy. Manat
Trento
Trento
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Wheng our Tacloban feeding coordinator
Wheng our Tacloban feeding coordinator

ROFP’s Tacloban Feeding Station has resumed its operations! For this project, we partnered with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Tacloban. From 15 kids we served last year at this station, we now have 30 kids!

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, our Tacloban feeding coordinator, Wheng (also a YWAM Tacloban leader) starts to cook the lunch meals or baon at 3:30 in the morning. YWAM youth volunteers come by about two hours later to help her pack the lunchboxes. The meals, as you may already know are composed of nutritious meat and veggie dishes that Filipinos call ulam, fortified rice, and fruit. By six, Wheng and one of the young people deliver the food by motorcycle to Aringet. This is a small neighborhood where they meet and distribute the meals to the kids getting ready for school.

Wheng wants to teach the kids how to be responsible. She has instructed them to wash their lunchboxes when they are done eating, and give them to Genea and Jillian.

Genea and Jillian are siblings who are part of the 30 beneficiaries. They come from a very big family as they have 13 more siblings. Their mom works as a janitress and their dad operates a backhoe from time to time. Seven of the kids in their family are part of #ProjectBaon. One of their brothers, Jasper, a high school student, helps pack and deliver the meals.

Some days, Genea and Jillian find that some of the lunchboxes are not clean enough. When this happens, the siblings rewash the lunchboxes before they return them to Wheng. There are also days when some of the kids forget to return the lunch boxes, so the two go looking for them. Not only are the kids being fed, they are also being taught how to be responsible.

Thank you very much, dear partners, for your continuous support! We’re hoping to bring you more good news in our next report as we are preparing to open three more Project Baon sites soon.

Youth from YWAM helping out
Youth from YWAM helping out
Genea and Jillian
Genea and Jillian
Genea and Jillian's parents and siblings
Genea and Jillian's parents and siblings
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Pastor Mike serving meals
Pastor Mike serving meals

Our feeding programs thrive because of your generous donations and also because of feeding coordinators and volunteers who work hard to prepare, cook and serve food to children in need. Today, we have a  total of 12 coordinators and at least 30 volunteers who aim to feed, nourish and empower kids in the Philippines

Pastor Miguel Gallo is one of them. He is our feeding coordinator for Sitio Dumpsite. Even before he joined ROFP, Pastor Mike, as he is called by many, wanted to conduct a feeding program there. He had been eyeing the community for a long time because of the poor quality of life there. His heart yearned to make a difference in the community. He was offered help many times by people and organizations pledging support through Manna Pack provision. However, this was not enough as he could not serve just rice—a standard meal in the Philippines is plain boiled rice with an ulam of vegetables or a meat or fish dish. But finally, a very good offer came. Not only would this new group provide Manna Pack; it would also provide ulam and fruits for the feeding. That is when Pastor Mike decided to join ROFP.

He considers joining us as a breakthrough for him. He described himself with the quote “Jack of all trades but master of none” because he worked on several projects but saw little success in them. Thankfully, he was able to focus on a mission and see its success because of the feeding program at Sitio Dumpsite.

Pastor Mike fed an average of 45 kids from Monday to Friday from November 6, 2018 to March 22, 2019. The primary success that he had seen was the weight added to the children. If you can remember JC from our previous reports, this is him now (see photo at the end). Before the feeding program, he's so frail he can't stand on his own. But now, he can run fast!  Also, Pastor Mike is glad that the feeding program is achieving ROFP’s tagline FEED NOURISH EMPOWER. The kids are fed, their weight increased, and their lives are being empowered little by little.

Through the feeding program, he and his team are also able to share the love of Jesus not only with the children but also with the mothers present. It is very important for Pastor Mike to tend not only to the physical needs of the people but also to their spiritual needs. Pastor Mike is glad that he is able to plant seeds of God’s Word in the hearts of these children. He is hoping that the seeds he has sown will grow in God’s perfect time.

There are three things that Pastor Mike likes the most about his work with ROFP. First he was given the opportunity to make a difference at Sitio Dumpsite; second he now can reach the people and minister to their physical, moral and spiritual needs; and lastly, he can now finally start on working on the community development projects that he dreamed of. Pastor Mike is planning to build a community development center that is at least 50 sq. meters at Sitio Dumpsite. He plans to conduct programs such as Alternative Learning System (ALS)1, and skills training in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)2.

According to Pastor Mike, ROFP serves about 30% to 40% of the undernourished children at Sitio Dumpsite. Today, he is working on the Summer Meals program and on June #ProjectBaon will resume. 

Please continue to support us through prayers and donations until we see a better future for the community.

 

1ALS is a parallel learning system in the Philippines that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction. It is usually taken by students who did not earn a high school diploma but wants to enter college.
2TESDA is a government agency tasked to manage and supervise technical education and skills development (TESDA) in the Philippines. 
JC from Sitio Dumpsite
JC from Sitio Dumpsite
Rowena, Tacloban Coordinator, visits kids' school
Rowena, Tacloban Coordinator, visits kids' school
Ptr. Rabe from Brgy. Manat, Trento, Agusan Del Sur
Ptr. Rabe from Brgy. Manat, Trento, Agusan Del Sur
Volunteers in Trento singing with the kids
Volunteers in Trento singing with the kids
Cooking rice porridge for kids
Cooking rice porridge for kids
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Location: Quezon City - Philippines
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Dawn Cabigon
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