Good news! The Project Baon partnering with San Luis Elementary School that we started last October is about to end in 9 days! With 50 beneficiaries of undernourished kids ages 4-12, the most recent evaluation from the 90th day showed improvement in their nutritional status: 96% of our beneficiaries improved their weight within 90 days of providing nutritious meals.
In the words of Teacher Liza, "As I talked to our Project Baon beneficiaries from the afternoon group, they are very thankful to be part of this nutrition program. The kids told me how Project Baon was a huge help to them. In what way? I asked them. They told me that the meal they get daily serves as their only "Baon" (food at school) since their parents could not give the kids money to buy food in school. Teacher Liza said the parents are also very thankful that their kids became part of this worthwhile program.
Now that we are gearing towards the end of the 120-day Project Baon, we could not help but be thankful to people who believe in what we do and support our programs. Project Baon's success would not have been possible without the help of our generous partners like you. Thank you very much for continuously giving towards this cause.
One child, one student at a time, we are all making a difference in the lives of these precious children and their families.
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.
#ProjectBaon : Zero Underweight Kids at the end of Program!
By Anna Pauline Castro | Project Leader
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!
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