Between the time I came back from Europe, and the time I left for the Philippines, I decided to spearhead a feeding program for underprivileged children in Bulacan, Manila. I know how fortunate I am to travel as much as I do, so I give back to my community whenever I can. I didn’t want my trip to the Philippines to be all just fun and games, so I decided to spearhead a program for some of the underprivileged children in my family’s hometown.
I enlisted the help of the Bulacan city chairperson, and we created a feeding program. For two months before I left the States, I heavily advertised the program to everyone I knew in LA. I ended up raising $1300 and collecting two whole boxes of clothing donations. Once I got to the Philippines, I coordinated with the government officials, and two feeding programs were born.
One of the feeding programs fed about 300 children a day for a month, and we were even able to provide them with a daily dose of vitamins. We were even able to partner with another organization that provided de-worming services for the children. Many people in impoverished areas like the Philippines develop parasites because of unclean conditions. If these are not treated, the food that is eaten by the person feeds the parasite, and the person receives very little nutrition. In order for the breakfast and vitamins that we provided to be effective, these children had to be de-wormed first.
The other program was done through a local elementary school. Each teacher chose students from their class who they felt needed dietary assistance, and they were given breakfast every morning for a month. I am extremely proud of these programs, and I hope to do many more of them in the future.