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CRIS “KESZ” VALDEZ


 

Here is a short clip of an inspiring story of an amazing 13-year old Filipino boy named Cris “Kesz” Valdez who was recently awarded this year’s “International Children’s Peace Prize” at the Ridderzaal in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The Feed the Hungry, Inc. Books Program headed by Celia Donahue and other volunteers from the Washington, D.C. area had the privilege of meeting Kesz at the handing over of the PhP50,000 FtH donation to Efren Penaflorida’s Kariton Project in February 2012 in Kawit, Cavite. Efren won the CNN Hero of the Year in 2009.

Kesz has won the prestigious children’s award for his work to improve the rights of his fellow street kids. He was chosen from three finalists for the work of his “Championing Community Children” charity that raises funds to hand out gift parcels to needy children in Cavite City, about 18 miles south of Manila.

South African peace icon and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who handed over this year’s prize, told Kesz, “you are wonderful,” at a press conference shortly after the ceremony held in The Hague’s historic Knight’s Hall.

Kesz said that his message to children around the world is not to lose hope and to remember things like hygiene. He added that the prize would help him get an education and perhaps realize his dream of becoming a doctor.

Through his charity, Kesz has handed out more than 5,000 gifts to destitute children that included everyday articles like flip-flops, toys, sweets, and clothes, according to the prize initiator, KidsRights Foundation. The Foundation added that in all, Kesz has helped some 10,000 children in his area on health, hygiene, and children’s rights. It also said that, like Kesz, some 246,000 street children in the Philippines are subjected to abuse, violence, and child labor.

Asked about the $130,000 cash prize money, KidsRight Foundation Chairman Marc Dullaert said a committee was now to decide, together with Kesz, to which projects it would be donated.

Feed the Hungry, Inc. depends on the
generous support of individuals, businesses
and community groups. Your donation will help us feed malnourished children, build classrooms, assist families and communities with economic development, and provide emergency assistance in times of natural disasters. Feed the Hungry is a 501(c)3 private non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.


December 17, 2012

To our dear friends and FtH supporters,

On behalf of the Feed the Hungry Executive Director, Chairperson, Board of Directors, I am attaching two documents:

1. An appeal to you to please consider the cry for help of those in New Bataan/Compostela Valley/Cagayan de Oro (again), hit by Typhoon Pablo (International name: Bopha) on December 4, 2012. Typhoon Pablo is considered the worst typhoon (more so than Typhoon Sendong) that hit the Philippines this year.

So many lives were lost. Those who survived were left without homes and all their belongings were wiped out. There is so much misery all over—here, we are blessed, safe in our own homes. But, we just cannot ignore the plight of our kababayans. Thus, we are knocking on your compassionate and kind hearts to ask you to please help them.

FtH is ready to render emergency assistance in partnership with Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) and in coordination with National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

View Typhoon Pablo Appeal

2. FtH’s Typhoon Sendong Progress Report so that you know how your donations for the Typhoon Sendong victims and their families were spent—that every cent you donated through Feed the Hungry, Inc. benefitted the intended victims.


Sendong Progress Report - December 2012

Kindly take note of the picture of the just-completed two classrooms— complete with student desks, teacher’s table and chair, upgraded boys and girls comfort rooms with flushing toilets—that will benefit 100 school children every year in Indahag, Cagayan de Oro. The later classrooms that are being built through FtH are supplied with electric fans. FtH is looking into the school water supply system and is also trying to provide them with books.


Indahag Elementary School Report

May we please hear from you? Please allow us to be your “Messenger of Mercy.”

As always, thank you for your kind support.

Tessie Alarcon
Calamity Assistance & Rehabilitation Endeavors (CARE)

Feed the Hungry, Inc. depends on the
generous support of individuals, businesses
and community groups. Your donation will help us feed malnourished children, build classrooms, assist families and communities with economic development, and provide emergency assistance in times of natural disasters. Feed the Hungry is a 501(c)3 private non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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