We prepare packed lunches for 30 poor kids in Tacloban City during the school year. These lunches consist of fortified rice, meat, vegetable, and fruit. we call this project #ProjectBaon. "Baon" is a Filipino word for meals prepared by parents for their kids to bring to school. The meals not only provide nutrition but also allow the children to keep their minds focused on their studies rather than their tummies. Full kids stay in school and do better in school according to studies.
Many kids in Tacloban belong to poor families that cannot afford three meals a day. Many of these kids go to school hungry. This makes it difficult for them to focus at school. Some stop going to school because they would rather work for food instead.
This project aims to provide these children with a balanced meal and keep them in school. We screen and identify poor and malnourished children, and pack nutritious lunch meals for them. They pick up the meals at our feeding station right before they go to school. Every month, we monitor their weight and height to make sure they are making progress.
Poor nutrition and health among schoolchildren affect their learning ability. Nutritional and health status are powerful influences on how well children perform in school, and put them at risk for serious health problems. #ProjectBaon will provide consistent nutritious school meals to children in the City of Tacloban so that they can reach their full potential for growth and learning. Join us as we FEED, NOURISH and EMPOWER these children.