Feed the Hungry, Inc.'s (FtH) signature program, "GG" as it is fondly called at FtH, has evolved through our twenty five years of implementations, to one program that has always kept us in touch with folks all over the Philippines, and yes, to the many places that have us travelling by air transport, car, jeepneys, buses, trucks, pump boats, ro-ros, tricycles and using our super feet for walking a few miles!!!
But, the journeys, though at times hard and rough, are always overshadowed by the instant smiles we see on faces of folks who meet us; the cheers we receive because we did take the time to visit them; and the affirmation that we, FtH, are but the hands of thousands of our kababayans in the United States who have never forgotten to help and reach out to them ... all priceless and more so, give us the strong energy to keep coming back!
The main objective of Feed the Hungry, lnc.'s Gift-giving Program is to provide relief to impoverished families; orphans, abused, abandoned, and sick children; children with disabilities; sick elderlies; and to give relief to communities affected by natural disaster.
FtH volunteers, mostly from the United States, travel to the Philippines and then to provinces to get to target areas. Volunteers pay for their own food, transportation, and accommodation. They help in the preparation, bagging, and distribution of relief bags of goods. Relief goods consist of but are not limited to grocery items, school supplies and backpacks, hygiene supplies, and other essential needs.
The Gift-giving Program had a successful implementation early this year reaching:
I. 450 impoverished families - vetted and screened and pre-selected
• 200 informal settlers, Little Payatas at Holy Trinity Parish, Commonwealth, Quezon City
• 250 informal settlers, Sacred Heart Parish, Novaliches, Quezon City
II. 1,115 sick, abandoned, malnourished children (0 months to 6 years old) and indigent schoolkids and abused girls ( 6 to 18 years old)
• 45 sick children, House of Hope for Children with Cancer, Bajada, Davao City
• 35 abused girls, Balay Dangupan/Crisis Intervention Center. Buhangin, Davao City
• 30 school-age abused girls. Holy Family Foundation. Inc .. Purok Sontan. Bacolod City
• 23 abandoned babies/ toddlers, Holy Infant Nursery Foundation, Inc., Sebastian Village, Bocolod City
• 32 abandoned and exploited girls. Bacolod Girls' Home Foundation, Inc .. Alijis. Bacolod City
• 450 deprived students, Lumaniag Elementary School, Lian, Batangas
• 450 underprivileged students, Tapulanga Foundation, lnc./St Francis of Asisi School, Silay City
• 27 malnourished c hildren, Missionaries of Charity. Tinagong Paraiso, Bacolod City
• 23 orphaned 6hildren Bahay Maria Foundation, Bel-Air Village, Makoti City
Ill. 109 destitute, abandoned, sick/ dying elderlies
• 47 elderlies, Go Su Gian Home for the Aged &Center for Elderly, Buhangin, Davao City
• 27 elderlies, St. Vincent's Home, Tangub, Bacolod City
• 35 elderlies, Missionaries of Charity, Tinagong Paraiso, Bacolod City
We were honored to be joined by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle's parents, Mr. Manuel Sr. and Mrs. Milagros Tagle, and brother, Manuel Tagle, Jr., in our implementations in Bacolod City. They were so thankful that they had the opportunity to visit the home for abused girls and two other facilities run by the Missionaries of Charity sisters.
The girls from one orphanage were so excited to see us. They even prepared special performance numbers of songs and dances. These girls were being given complete care to mold them into socially functioning individuals. Our other stops were homes or shelters for physically and sexually abused girls. These shelters give them hope to recover from their traumatic experience with the help of social workers and foundations that provide long-term residential care, protection, and rehabilitation. Taking and posting pictures is strictly
prohibited because of the girls' sensitive situation. It was the same case at other homes and orphanages.
The gifts we brought were acknowledged with heartfelt gratitude. We told the beneficiaries that the donors are also Filipinos living in America who care about their kababayans and have not forgotten to give back and help those in need. They then extended their gratitude to their generous benefactors.