Undernourished children from depressed areas (Tonda, Jipapad and Bataan)
“Undernutrition is estimated to be associated with 2.7 million child deaths annually or 45% of all child deaths. Infant and young child feeding is a key area to improve child survival and promote healthy growth and development. The first 2 years of a child’s life are particularly important, as optimal nutrition during this period lowers morbidity and mortality, reduces the risk of chronic disease, and fosters better development overall.”
In Tondo, one of Manila’s poorest and densely populated slum communities, the malnutrition problem is extremely serious amongst the street children growing up there. Many are susceptible to sicknesses and food poisoning as they hunt for scraps of discarded and rotten food amongst the heaps of rubbish. More often than not, they go to sleep hungry.
Bakhita Canossa Foundation Inc. Philanthropic Development Office believes healthy food is a right for all children too. Its current Feeding Programs feed 900 undernourished children, aged between 6 months and 12 years old – from the slum community of Tondo and the disaster-strickened areas of Jipapad in Eastern Samar, as well as Indigenous children from Bataan, Luzon – with meals enriched in nutrients and food supplements such as vitamins and minerals, so as to keep them healthy and fight against infections.
Fund needed: 7,767,000 PHP to provide a meal once a day for 900 children for 200 days.