MANILA, Feb. 13, 2014—The Pondo ng Pinoy is re-launching a fund campaign to raise money for its feeding program that targets around 250,00 malnourished children nationwide this year.
Dubbed as Fast2Feed fund campaign, the activity encourages faithful to donate money saved from fasting on Ash Wednesday to Hapag Asa feeding program of Pondo ng Pinoy.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, in a memorandum to PnP member dioceses, proposed a re-launching of the Fast2Feed Fund Campaign on March 5, Ash Wednesday, to help alleviate malnutrition and hunger among children especially in the disaster stricken areas.
Tagle, who chairs the Pondo ng Pinoy Foundation that implements the Hapag Asa program, said 50,000 children of the targeted 250,00 will come from PnP member dioceses and those areas hit by calamities.
Many dioceses have suffered a series of natural and man-made calamities that struck the country last year– war in Zamboanga, earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, and typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region last November.
To alleviate hunger and malnutrition among children affected by calamities, Hapag Asa is seeking to intensify its feeding activities in partnership with the concerned dioceses.
“This means providing food subsidy of P5 per child per day or P600 for six months in addition to the MannaPack food supplements that we will ship to them for their use,” the cardinal said.
HAPAG-ASA feeds hungry and malnourished children, 6 months to 12 years old, once a day, five days a week for six months with nutritious food. It only takes P10 a day or P1,200 for six months to feed one child.
Aside from feeding the children, the program also provides the parents with necessary skills and values to enhance their ability to nurture their children.
Parents are also given livelihood trainings to grant them the chance to gain employment and get involved in income generating activities.
The cardinal also encouraged the faithful to donate to the program as an act of solidarity with the poor. (CBCPNews)