#ProjectBaon: School Meals for Filipino Kids!

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

#ProjectBaon is now back in schools!!!

Public schools in the Philippines are now open after the 2-year pandemic and we are so excited to serve the lunchboxes again to the kids in their schools !

We started the 120 day feeding program last October 10, 2022 for 50 undernourished elementary students ages 4-12 years old who are students of San Luis Elementary school in Antipolo City. 

Staff & Volunteers are back to  cooking, packing of meals and food distribution daily. Meals are delivered daily fresh from our kitchen to school and our beneficiaries gather to eat their nutritious meals together. According to the School Principal, our 120 day feeding program is going to be a huge help for the beneficiaries and their families as they will be fed with nutritious meals daily while they're at school.

"We are very happy to be chosen as a partner school and beneficiary of this feeding program, we are looking forward to seeing all the benefits that this program will bring to the children and their families"

This is the heart of #projectbaon, to feed the undernourished school kids so they can reach their maximum potential for growth and learning. We are thrilled to have a partner school who is supportive and very cooperative.  As of this writing we just finished day 44 before the Christmas break of the school and served 2,200 meals so far and looking forward to continuing the program as soon as 2023 sets in. 

As we wrap up 2022, we are grateful for our supporters like you who believe in what we do, We are looking forward to opening up more partnerships with different public schools next year and continue to feed, nourish and empower the Filipino children.

With Gratitude, 
Pauline and team ROFP

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 Dear Friends and Advocates,

 

Yes! You read it right, we are elated to receive the final data from the field that thru your support, we had ZERO underweight kids at the end of the 120-days #ProjectBaon Program!

The program  ran from February 2022  to July 2022 and we are pleased to share with you the highlights : (See attached full report)

  • At the start of the program, only 4% of the beneficiaries had a Normal weight classification based on their BMI, while 25% are underweight and 71% are in the borderline category.
  • After 4 weeks, the number of beneficiaries with Normal weight classification increased from 4 to 14. The number of underweight beneficiaries decreased from 25 to 16.
  • At the end of the program, the number of beneficiaries with a Normal weight classification increased from 4 to 81
  • There was a decrease in the number of UNDERWEIGHT Beneficiaries from 25 to ZERO beneficiaries
  • The number of beneficiaries in the borderline–underweight category also decreased from 71 to 15 at the endof the program

Indeed the #ProjectBaon school meals feeding program proves to make a life-changing impact in the lives of the 100 beneficiaries from four different communities. A total of Twelve Thousand (12,000) nutritious meals based on the guidelines of the Philippines - Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), were served in the course of 120 Feeding Days, Monday to Friday, 5 days a week. 

At the end of this wonderful project, some of the parents and guardians shared with our volunteers the positive impact of #projectbaon in their children's lives!

"My child used to be a picky eater and hates vegetables so much, he used to not eat even tiny bits of vegetables on his plate, now he eats vegetables and is not a picky eater anymore" 

"I am very thankful for #Projectbaon as it is really a big help to our family, to me and my grandchild, having a regular daily meal is a big help for us, especially that the commodities are being more and more expensive nowadays". 

"My children are not only increasing in weight but were also able to learn to socialize, play with other kids and would always look happy whenever they are with other children at the feeding program" 

 

With over 20 volunteers who tirelessly serve the children daily by cooking, packing, distributing the meals, and making sure our beneficiaries consume their daily meals rain or shine, one of the volunteers said " I am really happy to witness how the children I was assigned to assist daily went from not really wanting to eat vegetables and always having their left over on their plates to being able to always finish their food without the need to be assisted and sometimes would ask for a second serving. I am also happy to be able to get to know these precious children and bond with them daily"

Now as we close this project, and get ready for the next one, we are encouraged more than ever to provide not just nutritious meals to the children but also to make them and their families feel that they are being seen, heard, and cared for.  We hope that you can continue this journey with us as we FEED, NOURISH AND EMPOWER Filipino children to reach their maximum potential for growth and learning!

 

Sending Love and Thanks from all of us!

Pau + ROFP Staff and Volunteers

 

Beneficiaries, Volunteers ,Pledge to Tri team!
Beneficiaries, Volunteers ,Pledge to Tri team!

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Daniel, 3 years old Project Baon beneficiary
Daniel, 3 years old Project Baon beneficiary

Two years after the first lockdown in the Philippines due to the Covid19 pandemic, #ProjectBaon is back to face to face feeding program in the community. While still observing the minimum health protocols, the team is able to serve 100 meals a day to 100 beneficiaries ages 4 to 7  in 4 different locations. As of this writing we have served two thousand and five hundred meals at the end of the fifth week. A new location is scheduled to start on April with another 100 beneficiaries. 

Teresita, the mother of two of the beneficiaries said "My Daughter used to not eat vegetables because she does not like it, now she learned to eat vegetables through Project Baon, while my son now has an improved appetite. This is really a huge help to our family"Teresita tends to her children  on most days without her husband who works as a construction worker in another city and earns below minimum wage.

Since the children are still on distance learning and are not able to meet their classmates and friends daily at school, this feeding program serves as their venue to socialize with other kids, while  having balanced and nutritious meals with the participation of their parents.

The children are also being taught values education while the parents are being taught about the importance of good nutrition on their kids' daily life. According to ROFP's programs officer assistant Miguel Gallo who has been helping ROFP for many years, "It is priceless to see the smile on each kids' faces as they come to the feeding venues excited to eat their daily meals and interact with the volunteers.Project Baon has been helping the people in the community through feeding program and other activities that empowers them as a family"  

#ProjectBaon2022 is still aiming for at least 1,000 beneficiaries this year and we know that this is possible with your help. "Around three million people or about 11.8% of Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the last three months of 2021"  . Children are at high risk of hunger because they are dependent on their parents, and  their younger and growing bodies are more vulnerable to the consequences of hunger.

Let's make it happen! Give, Fundraise with your Friends and Families or Share this cause :)

Sending lots of love and praying you are all safe and well!

Pauleen + ROFP Staff and Volunteers

Danica, 6 years old Project Baon Beneficiary
Danica, 6 years old Project Baon Beneficiary
The siblings together with their mother Teresita
The siblings together with their mother Teresita
the beneficiaries from Sitio Dumpsite
the beneficiaries from Sitio Dumpsite
Project Baon volunteer feeding the children
Project Baon volunteer feeding the children
The Programs Officer with the parents
The Programs Officer with the parents
Back to Face to Face Feeding Activity
Back to Face to Face Feeding Activity
nutrient-dense sardine-veggie patties
nutrient-dense sardine-veggie patties
Volunteer assisting a child to finish her meal
Volunteer assisting a child to finish her meal
"Almost" feels like its back to school :)
"Almost" feels like its back to school :)
Some kids are gathered in a nearby outdoor space
Some kids are gathered in a nearby outdoor space
Meals labeled w/ age-appropriate serving portions
Meals labeled w/ age-appropriate serving portions
Soups are also part of their weekly meals
Soups are also part of their weekly meals

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Meal preparation in our central Kitchen
Meal preparation in our central Kitchen

School year 2021-2022 started  late again for all public schools in the Philippines, starting its 2nd year of Distance Learning last September 13, 2021. Last August and September with the help of a corporate partner, we launched and  implemented a Feeding Program at the  height of the pandemic, when our country recorded the  highest number of covid cases, vaccines were not yet fully implemented,   and the whole of the National Capital Region (NCR) was  in a community quarantine. It could've been the worst timing to implement a Nationwide Feeding program due to heightened travel restrictions, but it was a time when Filipino kids in poor communities are most needing help from organizations like us. 

Nevertheless,our amazing staff and  volunteers carried through and  provided over 100,000 freshly cooked breakfast and lunch meals to 870 children daily for 60 Days. This was a Nationwide effort together with the Local Government Units, Health centers and partner Civic organizations. We believe that through this experience, the ROFP team is now stronger than ever to widen our reach to feed and nourish more children through all your support. The Photos below are some of snap shots of this program. 

With still  150 remaining school days, we hope to start with  the next batch of beneficiaries on January 10, 2021. This time, our Goal is to have at least 1,000 kids in #ProjectBaon for 120 days.  We are inspired by the efforts of several individuals and groups within the GlobalGiving platform  helping us to  achieve this Goal. 

One of this is the GlobalGiving  PledgeToTri Fundraiser, which has now raised over $17,000 in pledges out of their $25,000 goal! This funding will go to support 150 beneficiaries for 120 days! 

The communities that are yet to complete the  funding for  all of its beneficiaries for the January #ProjectBaon are as follows :

1. Barangay Cawit (Bajao Community), Zamboanga City - 100 kids

2. Barangay Talisayan, Zamboanga City- 90 kids

3. Barangay Ayala, Zamboanga City- 80 kids

4. Barangay San Luis Antipolo - 200 kids

5. Barangay Bagumbayan Quezon City - 50 kids

6. Barangay Libis Quezon City - 50 kids

7. Barangay Acereda, Bobon Samar - 100 kids

Even with Covid 19 cases easing out, an estimate 4.2million Filipino families still faces hunger daily, most of which are still recovering from the lockdowns in the past months and unemployment. 

Allow us to  end this report  and project appeal, with an encouragement from Diego Navarro, one of our donors in the GlobalGiving Fundraiser : "I am where I am today because of my education and a little bit of luck. Growing up, I was fortunate to regularly have baon and not get distracted by hunger while solving fractions in Math class. Imagine what these kids can accomplish if sufficiently nourished during their formative years. Future leaders will come from this generation and we ought to provide a platform that allows them to be successful. I believe it all starts with providing a basic necessity - nutrition"- Diego 

Thank you all so much for your support on the #ProjectBaon School Meals Program since 2015! Together we can continue to FEED, NOURISH, EMPOWER!

Child in Bajao Community
Child in Bajao Community
Child in Bajao Community
Child in Bajao Community
Kids from Valenzuela
Kids from Valenzuela
Volunteers in Samar
Volunteers in Samar
Meals
Meals
Kids from Zamboanga
Kids from Zamboanga
Kids playing during a meal distribution
Kids playing during a meal distribution
child receiving her meal for the day
child receiving her meal for the day
child beside our delivery ride
child beside our delivery ride
Packing of meals for house to house delivery
Packing of meals for house to house delivery
Volunteers during meal distribution
Volunteers during meal distribution
Volunteer with Child
Volunteer with Child
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Sitio Dumpsite Antipolo
Sitio Dumpsite Antipolo

An appeal to bring meals to more Filipino kids who are experiencing hunger and malnutrition.

 

Dear Friends, Partners, and Co-Advocates,

Since the launch of #ProjectBaon last 2015, we have always had an average of 300 beneficiaries per batch under the program. This year 2021, after the economic turmoil brought about by the Covid19 pandemic, we resumed the program with a total of 400 beneficiaries, with selected kids from Antipolo Rizal (200 kids), Quezon City (150 kids), and Pangasinan (50). These children belong to families who are living below the poverty line, whose parents are not able to meet even their most basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing. For these 400 kids, our staff and volunteers prepare and deliver the meals to their houses weekly, rain or shine. Though we have an increase in the number of beneficiaries thanks to all your generous donations, sadly, the number “400” barely makes a dent against the number of children in the country who are now experiencing involuntary hunger for the past months.

“Time is running out for the country's hungry children”.…says an article from Rappler Philippines “The July 3-6, 2020 National Mobile Survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) illustrates the intensity of hunger in the country. The results indicate that 20.9%, an estimated 5.2 million Filipino families, or roughly 30 million Filipinos, mostly children, reported experiencing involuntary hunger due to lack of food to eat at least once in the past 3 months.

We have received and continue receiving multiple appeals from different partners nationwide, on the need for a full-time feeding program for the children in their communities, whose parents are still left unemployed. As of today, we have OVER 11,000 children on the waitlist to be a part of a #ProjectBaon feeding program in their community. These are children we were able to reach in the past 2 months during our Christmas outreach activities in November and December (sponsored by a corporate partner), but unfortunately, cannot convert into a full-time feeding program yet due to lack of current resources.

Below are locations with an appeal from our partners on the field to have their own #ProjectBaon feeding program:

Location # of Beneficiaries Area
C6 Taguig City 200 Luzon / NCR
Brgy. Santa Lucia, QC 200 Luzon / NCR
Brgy. San Roque, QC 200 Luzon / NCR
Novaliches, QC 200 Luzon / NCR
Sitio Lambak, Brgy. Krus na Ligas, QC 200 Luzon / NCR
Manggahan Extension, Bagumbayan QC 200 Luzon / NCR
Damayang Lagi, QC 200 Luzon / NCR
Marikina City, Area 1 200 Luzon / NCR
San Mateo Rizal Area 1 200 Luzon / Rizal
Pinugay Baras Rizal 200 Luzon / Rizal
Brookside Cainta and Taytay Greenland 200 Luzon / Rizal
Rodriguez (Montalban) Rizal 200 Luzon / Rizal
Floodway, Cainta 200 Luzon / Rizal
Sitio Bayabas, Estrella, Cainta 200 Luzon / Rizal
Sitio Kaysipot , Antipolo Rizal 200 Luzon / Rizal
Tibagan Canlibot, Teresa, Rizal 200 Luzon / Rizal
Sampaguita Road Blk. 9-10 Lupang Arenda Sta Ana Taytay, Rizal 200 Luzon / Rizal
Maximiano compound, Brgy Dalig, Teresa Rizal 200 Luzon / Rizal
Sitio Abuyod, Brgy Dalig, Teresa Rizal 500 Luzon / Rizal
Brgy. Ayugao, Presentacion, Camarines Sur 350 Luzon / Bicol
Barangay Lagha, Presentacion Camarines Sur 300 Luzon / Bicol
BARANGAY BOTE, BATO CATANDUANES 250 Luzon / Bicol
BARANGAY SAN ROQUE BATO CATANDUANES. 250 Luzon / Bicol
Barangay Pananaogan, Bato,Catanduanes 250 Luzon / Bicol
Balete, Batangas 300 Luzon / Batangas
Dapla, Palauig, Zambales 200 Luzon / Zambales
Matayar, Palauig, Zambales 150 Luzon / Zambales
Tent City, Plauig, Zambales 250 Luzon / Zambales
Burgos, San Antonio, Zambales 200 Luzon / Zambales
Villar, Botolan, Zambales 250 Luzon / Zambales
Alamac, Botolan, Zambales 125 Luzon / Zambales
Bonbon Cebu 200 Visayas
Danao, Talisay, Cebu 325 Visayas
Guadalupe, Talisay, Cebu 350 Visayas
Brgy. Somoroy Bobon, Samar 500 Visayas
Brgy. Proper (40 families ) Visayas
Sitio Moron poron (40 families) Visayas
Coroconog, (20 families) Visayas
Libjo (50 families) Visayas
Laoang (20 families) Visayas
Liloan Cebu City 325 Visayas
Guadalupe, Baybay, Leyte 250 Visayas
Bugko 20 families 800 Visayas
Eastern Samar 50 Families Visayas
Arellano 50 Families Visayas
Old Rizal 50 Families Visayas
Santander 40 families Visayas
Cabayhan Catarman 20 families Visayas
Barangay Dominggo Veloso, Baybay, Leyte 250 Visayas
Barangay Zone 4, Baybay, Leyte 250 Visayas
Barangay Zone 4, Baybay, Leyte 250 Visayas
Brgy. Jugno, Pondol Amlan, Negros Oriental 500 Visayas
Calamba Misamis Occidental,Mindanao 400 Mindanao
TOTAL : 11,375 (As of January 20, 2021)

 Indeed, the future of thousands of Filipino children is at stake if we do not intervene now and provide them with consistent access to nutritious meals. “Filipino children's hunger and malnutrition are expected to worsen significantly as food and healthy diets become even more unaffordable to many Filipino households due to the COVID-19 restrictions and the accompanying economic recession”- Link We need your help to create awareness and spread the word.

Currently, our team prepares and delivers about 1,200 meals weekly to the houses of the children in need. This has been made possible through your consistent giving and partnership with us. With more donors like you, together we can save more children from hunger and malnutrition. We appeal to you to please consider sharing this report with your friends and families who have the heart to help the Filipino children.

 

Together, let us FEED, NOURISH, EMPOWER!

 

Sincerely from all of us,

Dawn+ ROFP Staff and Volunteers

Tarece Pangasinan
Tarece Pangasinan
Bagumbayan and Libis QC
Bagumbayan and Libis QC
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