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Celebrating World Health day with Proper Nutrition in the Philippines

Nutritious meals can change the course of children’s lives. Having regular access to healthy food can mean the difference between a full, meaningful life and one of desperate insecurity.

Labhika is a perfect example. She used to go to school weak and unable to focus. The food insecurity her family faced put good grades at the bottom of her to-do list. When Labhika went home, she took care of her sick mother and struggled with grief from the loss of her younger brother. As the eldest child, it was Labhika’s responsibility to help maintain the household, care for her younger siblings, and help her father with chores. As a farmer, her father provided for the family in certain seasons, but couldn’t at other times of the year.

When Labhika began participating in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program, everything changed.

“It’s delicious!” she said of the food she received. Her favorite dish is rice and soy mixed with sauteed vegetables. Labhika proudly pointed out that she felt full.

Now that Labhika gets a warm and nutritious meal at school every day, she finds it much easier to concentrate and get good grades.

Full hearts and full lives are often a byproduct of full stomachs. Now that Labhika is excelling in her classes, she has taken it upon herself to help other classmates study and receive good grades. One day, she wants to be a teacher. She is also a running candidate for class valedictorian.

“Last year in the Philippines alone, we reached nearly 19,000 children through our Children’s Feeding efforts,” Convoy of Hope’s International Program Partner Relations Manager Erin-Rae Peace said. “What’s so incredible is that these are children who represent individual lives that are forever changed.”

For just $10, you can feed a child every school day for an entire month. This World Health Day, click here to learn more about how you can join in this mission.

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Children's Feeding

“There’s nothing I can’t do,” Philippines Volunteer with physical disability serves her community

Linda volunteers at one of Convoy of Hope’s many Children’s Feeding program centers based in the Philippines. She was familiar with feeling ashamed of her physical disabilities, but she’s found confidence and purpose by working with Convoy of Hope staff and serving the children in our program.

“There’s nothing I can’t do,” she says.

Watch this video to see how Linda is making a difference through Convoy of Hope.

 

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Everyday hero serves vulnerable people in her community

Didi, a teacher at a school in the Philippines, works in a remote area with little access to health care. Local tribal groups subsist on root crops, but the economic downturn following COVID-19 further isolated her community from outside resources.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, there have been more than 40 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1.1 million deaths at the time this article was written. The UN has stated that children living in poverty are disproportionately bearing the brunt of the disease and its economic impact.

In response, Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 25 million meals in 31 countries in response to COVID-19. Our international staff is working long hours, many under strict government lockdowns, to ensure we continue serving the people who are most at risk during this pandemic.

Didi is moved to tears when she talks about feeding the students in her class. “I feel like crying. It’s like you are a gift from heaven! Thank you so, so much to all of you.”

The story of the world’s most vulnerable people has played out time and time again as the coronavirus continues to spread and devastate communities that are barely hanging on. Filled with grit and determination, Convoy of Hope is compelled to keep serving those in need.

People like Didi are modern-day heroes. And it’s our joy to supply them with the help and support they need.

This story was first published in Convoy of Hope’s Hope Quarterly magazine. Read the rest of the issue here.

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