#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!
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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Staff and Volunteers
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It has been difficult for all of us ever since the pandemic started. Many of us have experienced some kind of loss and most of us adjusted to new circumstances. That is why we would like to share our volunteers’ story of dedication and selflessness to inspire and cheer you up.

On September 22, Ana, Charles, Ate Leony, Ate Weng, Monic, and Ate Ruth who are regular volunteers, prepared an early dinner meal for the kids at Sitio Dumpsite. They finished cooking and packing the meals of fried chicken, rice, and banana and were ready to deliver the food to the community by 3 pm. (Because of Covid-19 we’re now delivering meals to the kids instead of gathering them at our feeding station.) However, heavy rain started to pour. They waited for the rain to stop but it did not. Time was running out and the meals needed to be distributed. After one and a half hours, they decided to leave.

Armed for the rain in improvised raincoats made of plastic bags, they rented two tricycle. However, another hurdle came into view. The rain made the last few hundred meters impassable, so the team had to walk the rest of the way. With plastic bags full of meals in each hand, the team walked up the muddy and slippery road to reach the kids. It was nighttime when they finished serving all the food. They had to walk back to the feeding station because they had reallocated their transportation money to the meal budget to produce more meals. “We walked home drained of energy but our hearts were full,” one of them said later.

Ana documented their experience and you can watch it on our Facebook Page.

From the collective funds we received thru your generosity, together, we were able to provide meals to children in four feeding stations:

1. Bagumbayan and Libis: 130 kids

2. Sitio Dumpsite: 200 kids

3. Cainta: 100 kids

4. Brgy. Tarace: 50 kids

A total of 480 kids are served every week.

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” - Mandy Hale

This quote doesn’t apply only to the Sitio Dumpsite team but to you as well who finance this advocacy.

Where they started walking
Where they started walking
Fried chicken, rice, and banana for the kids!
Fried chicken, rice, and banana for the kids!
The meals they carried while walking on muddy road
The meals they carried while walking on muddy road
One happy kid!
One happy kid!
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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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