Davao opens new center for malnourished kids

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DAVAO City, Oct. 13, 2016—With the help of lay volunteers, the Archdiocese of Davao has opened a new center to cater to malnourished children in the city.

LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME. Children beneficiaries of the Pope Francis House of Mercy, a nourishment center for malnourished kids in Davao City, ask for Archbishop of Davao Romulo G. Valles' blessing during the opening of the center, Sept. 30, 2016. (Photo: Brenda P. Milan)

An offshoot of the Archdiocesan Nourishment Center (ANC) in Fatima, Davao City which has been in operation for two years now, the Pope Francis House of Mercy will be expanding its services to address the malnourished children in that area in Davao City.

Archbishop of Davao Romulo G. Valles, who led the ceremony for the opening of the Pope Francis House of Mercy at Barangay 76-A in Bucana on Sept. 30, lauded the efforts of the lay faithful who raised the funds for the construction of the said feeding center.

99% by lay people

“This is the work of the Lord. 99% of the efforts are done by the lay people,” said Valles in his homily during the Mass prior to the blessing and unveiling of marker.

The Archdiocesan Council of Lay Associations and Integrated Movements (ACLAIM) of the Archdiocese of Davao took the initiative of opening ANC and then the Pope Francis House of Mercy.

The archbishop noted that those who helped in putting up of the Pope Francis House of Mercy “show goodness, mercy and compassion” to those in need.

“Through us, together God is acting, showing His mercy and compassion,” said the prelate.

Concretization of faith

The president of ACLAIM, Dr. Mike Manalaysay said the opening of the satellite site of the nourishment center is a concretization of their faith and belief as they have long dreamed of having such a center.

He underscored the importance of good nutrition for children saying, nutrition starts in the womb of the mother until the early years of the child.

ANC has been feeding children daily except Sundays to make them physically nourished.

Aside from this, they also teach the kids about the Catholic faith, teaching the children about the prayer before and after meals and other daily prayers.

Parents also undergo catechesis for spiritual nourishment.

Meanwhile, Manalaysay said he is glad that his fellow lay faithful pooled their resources in making the satellite center of ANC a reality.

“If we unite, apparently, it’s possible,” he ended. (John Frances C. Fuentes / CBCP News)

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