Dear Friends and Partners,
March, April and May are the busy summer months in the country! The school kids ended their classes in the end of March and will start again in June.
There are several kids summer camps happened with the help of Reach Out & Feed Philippines in Pangasinan (North Luzon) and in Antipolo and Taytay area (National Capital Region/NCR). It was a 5 day program full of games, stories and good meals.
We are giving about 400 meals on a weekly basis, a total of 1600 meals in a month in all our 11 locations from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
In May, we also have visited a hospital that offers free check up and medical help for the poor community in Buda (Davao Region). There are about 150 people coming to take their chance for free medical help. One department from this hospital have worked with under noursihed kids before and they are very excited to hear about the feeding program we are doing.
With a heartfelt thanks,
Team Reach Out Feed Philippines
Dear Friends and Partners,
Here's a quick look at the impact of your donations last 2017 :
**Refers the the average number of kids present for every feeding activity or is signed up in the program
Now, are you ready for this ? From five feeding stations in 2017, we are happy to inform you that we have expanded our reach to 11 initial Feeding stations (and still growing) this 2018!
We are excited to share with you the new Feeding Stations for #ProjectBaon 2018 , where we will serve hot and nutritious meals to undernourished kids every week :
If you have noticed, we have increased our locations in the Visayas and Mindanao area, where magnitude and severity of malnutrition ranges from High - Very High, based on a survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Philippines (prevalence of Stunting from 61-120 months children of 5-10 yrs from 2015) .
Together with your partnership, we are looking forward to make a lasting impact in the lives of almost 400 undernourished kids this year. We continue to serve school age kids, ages 4-12 years old. These are kids belonging to mostly indigent families, and we have families literally living in dump sites. Some of these kids would have only 1 meal in a day, and would feed on only instant noodles and rice. The fathers are construction workers and do not have regular work. Mothers do laundry to earn money or selling vegetables. Some of the children are being raised by single mothers, while some of the couples are very young and yet have many children.
We will share more of the condition of each benefiary in suceeding reports. For now, we'd like to share some of the photos from our #ProjectBaon launch taken earlier this month for the year 2018.
Aside from the meal ingredients , here are the needs we are specifically praying to be met this year :
1. Tables and chairs for the Feeding locations
3. Teaching materials
4. A medical team - who can go with us at least on a monthly basis to the communities to check on the health conditions of the children
5. Proper lunchboxes and cooking utensils
6. Regular supply of vitamins and supplements for the kids.
7. Vehicle - to aid in the delivery of meals to communities where it is not conducive to prepare the meals in the area
From all of us at Reach Out and Feed Philippines, we THANK YOU all for your wonderful partnership and believing with us that these kids deserve a better chance in their future.
Dawn + Feed Philippines team
Dear friends and partners,
2017 has been so good to us. We were able to open new feeding stations, partner with different organizations and individuals to create more awareness on malnutrition, get a lot of training to improve our services and most importantly, see improvements on the nutritional status of our beneficiaries. Here are some of the beneficiaries of #projectbaon and how they have improved overtime.
At the beginning of the feeding program, Mary (not her real name)he cries a lot, she walks very slow, smiles very little and looks like she's in pain. She's severely malnourished. She was almost 4 years old and she only weighs 8.1 kg the first time we weigh her.
After several weeks we have seen how she's changing. She started saying "bye bye" to us after every feeding. It's a big change from not talking to saying some simple words like that. We have seen her smile often too and the mother who was pregnant that time was very happy to the progress she's sees from her daughter.
Small little girl she might be but she eats a lot during the feeding. She loves the manna rice and the soup. She loves all the food that's being served.
Now, she even likes coming to the program with a bag pack.
Lindy (not her real name) is an eldest daughter. She has 2 siblings. Her father is a tricycle driver and her mother is a housewife. They live in a small community with lots of kids. She’s a grade 3 honor student. She’s very smart and excels in school. The first time we met her she really wants to join the program. She was included on the first batch this year. She really enjoys the food that we serve especially the rice (Manna Pack) and the Lumpia (Mix Vegetables). She loves dancing and hearing wonderful stories. She has an initiative on helping others, she has a compassionate heart.
One time after our feeding program she came to me and asked if we still have a leftover food so she could bring it to her family because she wanted also for her siblings to eat what she had. She cares so much for her family. Her parents are very supportive also in order for her to finish the program. Right now Lindsey passed the normal weight and an active member of our Sunday School.
Heart (not her real name) is the youngest in the family. At first she was skinny, sickly and was always carried by her mom. She seldom joins activities. After a few months changes have happenned. She eats a lot, has become energetic, starts to talk to us and joins activities. With more health interventions, we hope Heart will reach her normal nutrition status.
We’d love to tell you more champion stories on our next posts!
As we say goodbye to 2017 and joyously welcome 2018, we hope that you will continue to work with us to end the cycle of malnutrition.
With a heartfelt thanks,
Team Reach Out Feed Philippines
Dear Friends and Partners,
#ProjectBaon has officially launched for school year 2017-2018 last July 2017. Thanks to your generosity, we now have started with Three (3) Full time Feeding Stations and Five Outreach Feeding Stations. We are pleased to share with you some of the highlights below :
#ProjectBaon Mindanao :
In January 2017, Reach Out and Feed Philippines Inc., joined the United for Healthier Kids Philippines or U4HK - "a coalition composed of different partners to raise awareness on the extent of malnutrition, areas for collaboration, and opportunities for action. This focuses on creating a social movement and encouraging various stakeholders to make use of a platform that would provide long-term action against hunger and malnutrition. " -https://hangryabouthunger.u4hk.ph/about-u4hk
Being a part of the U4HK Philippines movement has provided us with the needed information to determine the locations in the Philippines where malnutrition is most prevalent.
Using the U4HK's Malnutrition Heat Map : https://hangryabouthunger.u4hk.ph/mhm , we learned that severity of malnutrition in Mindanao Philippines is high, and most of the key cities in here do not have partners yet who are focusing in what we do.
In our last report in May 2017, we have shared with you that we have launched our very first Feeding Station in Bukaran Samal Island, Davao del Norte. In this report, we are happy to inform you that we have just launched our 2nd Feeding Station in Mindanao, at Davao City.
Currently we provide supplementary meals for an average of 70 kids in Bukaran Samal Island, Davao del Norte, every week and 30 kids, daily in Davao City
#ProjectBaon Pangasinan :
Our full time Feeding station in Pangasinan started last April 3, 2017 and has now accepted it's 2nd batch of beneficiaries.
We are pleased to inform you that the 30 kids who started with the program had an average weight increase of 1.20kg for the first 20 days and an average total of 2.12 kg weight increase after 40 days in the feeding program. Twenty Five of the Thirty kids who started the program were able to complete the 40 days program.
#ProjectBaon Rizal :
The #Projectbaon Rizal team had to change their program from a School-based feeding program to a Community Based-feeding program. The Department of Education of the Philippines has launched this year a school feeding program for most of the schools in the Rizal area. However, once the kids leave the school, they are faced again with the dilemma of looking for their own dinner.
This is where we came in , #ProjectBaon Rizal provides the nutritious dinner of at least 35 kids from the community of Maharlika Creekside Taytay Rizal. Our Feeding Station coordinator - Mark Ocampo, shares in a short video their daily challenges in going to this community.
Watch the video here : Maharlika Creekside Video
Overall, here are the numbers since we started last July 2017 until as of August 18, 2017
July # of Meals Served : 713
August # of Meals Served : 577
Total : 1,290 meals
July to August number of beneficiaries for Full time Feeding Stations: 160
According to recent statistics, there are still over 7 million stunted and undernourished kids in the Philippines. (Childhood Stunting in the Philippines ). "Stunted growth – a sign of chronic malnutrition – could affect a child's cognitive development, overall health, and even socio-economic conditions that carry on to adulthood."We need your help to be able to reach more children in the Philippines.
Our goal for this school year 2017-2018 is to open more Feeding Stations,and reach at least 1,000 beneficiaries all over the Philippines . Can we count on you ? Together let's Feed, Nourish, Empower!
Dawn + Team Reach Out and Feed Philippines
Dear Friends and Partners,
School break is almost over here in the Philippines and the country is now preparing for school year 2017-2018. In time for the opening of the new school year, we are pleased to inform you that Reach Out and Feed Philippines Inc. (ROFP), have officially launched its first Feeding location in Mindanao, at Samal Island Davao City.
Mindanao, is the 2nd largest island in the Philippines with Davao City as its capital. There is a high prevalence of malnutrition in Davao at 31.6%. This is according to a Malnutrition Heat Map that is based on the 2015 Updating Survey of the Food and Nurtrition Research Institute (FNRI) on the "prevalence of stunting from 61-120 months children".
The community we are serving in Samal Island was relocated in this coastal area because their houses in the city were destroyed by fire. Some kids do “lasang” which means gubat or forest. They go to the forest to get fruits or anything that they can eat. Their parents are either fishermen, farmers or scavengers.
Below is a report direct from the field from our Volunteer & Community Engagement staff -Olive Titong.
ROFP Launching at Samal Island, Davao City.
Last May 2-8,2017 we had the opportunity to officially launch our feeding station at Samal Island Davao. It is a 15-minute boat ride from the mainland.
Thursday May 4
• Courtesy call, orientation and meeting with the staff of #ProjectBaon implementing partner at Samal Island
• Site visit to Bucaran (actual feeding station)
• Courtesy call to Baranggay Chairwoman
Saturday May 6
• Actual Feeding – about 60-70 kids came to learn, play and eat.
• Orientation to parents- Mostly mothers were introduced to ROFP its mission vision and goals.
About the Location
The community of Baranggay Bucaran used to live in the bay area. Their houses were caught in fire so they had to be relocated.
SOURCE OF INCOME : Parents are either farmers, fisherman vendors or scavengers. Daily income ranges from Php 30.00 ($.60)– Php 150.00 ($3). Some kids pull out grasses in the farm or go fishing too to help their families.
ACCESS TO NUTRITION – Since income is very limited, most kids skip meals. To fill in their empty stomach, they go to the forest to look for fruits to eat.
A typical food is boiled rice with ground corn.
Aside from food ingredients and tools for meals, as you may notice in the photo, we do not have a conducive area yet for feeding. We are also still raising funds to provide proper tables and chairs for the kids.
We hope to reach out to more public school children in this location as beneficiary. We Thank you- our dear friends and partners, for your continuous partnership with us and we hope that you can consider investing in the lives of more children in Samal Island Davao thru the #ProjectBaon program.
May God richly bless you all !
Dawn + the #ProjectBaon Team
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