FBM® Foundation and Pangarap Foundation joined forces and organized a Feeding Program initiative, on November 30th, in the Paliparan Dasmariñas Cavite Facility. The 15 volunteers involved in this action occupied their Bonifacio Day distributing food, groceries, and cleaning supplies to over 100 youngsters in unfavourable situations.
Fighting malnutrition has always been a priority for FBM Foundation, and the Dasmariñas, Cavite region in the Philippines was at the top of the list in this area of action. To mitigate the effects caused by poverty and deprivation, this week FBM® Foundation organized the important "Feeding our future Champions!" program, along with Pangarap Foundation.
With a population of over 700 thousand people, Dasmariñas is the largest city in Cavite, Philippines in terms of area and population. Its fast-growing speed over the last decades, combined with the Covid-19 impact in recent years, has left hundreds of communities in delicate conditions and without the educational resources to overcome these difficulties.
“To implement nationally appropriate social, economic and instruction measures in the city’s poorest barangays is crucial for the further development of the region, as well as for the empowerment of the young population who live in areas with high poverty incidences”, explains the Director of FBM® Foundation, Vítor Francisco.
Feeding Programs, such as the FBM® Foundation and Pangarap Foundation have implemented this past week, strive to battle these obstacles by providing Filipinos' most vulnerable groups with the nutrition they need to go about their daily lives.
On November 30th, the Feeding Program aimed to address underprivileged children's access to food security by including food donations and hygiene goods distribution.
The initiative started with food preparation, performed by the children’s favourite Filipino restaurant Jollibee. They could taste wholesome dishes such as the Famous Chicken Joy, spaghetti, yum burgers and fruits.
Then, 15 FBM® Foundation volunteers distributed grocery items to Pangarap Foundation containing rice, eggs, lentils, powdered milk, cheesecake, rebisco sandwiches, orange juice and vitamins. The organization also received other condiments to help prepare the children’s daily meals, including cooking oil, vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, ketchup, oyster sauce, Iodized and rock salt, sugar and black pepper.
The volunteers also offered cleaning supplies such as dishwashing liquid, scrub sponges, multi-insect killers, detergent anti-bacterial powder, mops, and ethyl alcohol to maintain the hygiene and sanitation of the spaces in which the food is prepared, therefore helping prevent environmental diseases among the child beneficiaries.
Between the joy of practical activities dynamized by the volunteers with the 110 children in the room, this vital initiative was a result of a partnership celebrated between FBM® Foundation and Pangarap Foundation, and its success depended on the crucial effort of 15 volunteers.
The Pangarap foundation is licensed and accredited as a child-caring agency by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Pangarap is also a donee institution certified by the Philippine Council for Non-Government Organizations. This organization is able to sustain the recovery of the children who have been reconciled with their families and to prevent other children from going to the city streets, Pangarap Foundation started community development work there in 1995.