NOURISHING NOT JUST FEEDING
WHAT WE LEARNED
Contrary to conventional wisdom, nutritional status does not improve with age. The extra demands on school-age children (to perform chores, for example, or walk long distances to school) create a need for energy that is much greater than that of younger children. Children who lack certain nutrients in their diet, or who suffer from protein-energy malnutrition, hunger, parasitic infections or other diseases, do not have the same potential for learning as healthy and well-nourished children.
WHAT WE SAW
These are just some images of children that we come across in our mission areas- hungry, malnourished kids. They are kids belonging to the poorest of poor communities in the country.
The latest survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) revealed that almost 20% of Filipino children under 5 years old are underweight, while 30% are stunted or too small for their age.
We are deeply troubled to know that the consequences of hunger on these children include growth stunting, decreased learning capacity and a weakened immune system. Education & learning depends on good nutrition & health, these kids may NEVER reach the same potential for learning as healthy and well-nourished children.
What will happen to their future?
WHAT WE NEED TO DO
We need to intervene! Together we can BREAK the cycle of hunger in the lives of these children. Through people like you who believes in the same cause, we can ensure the consistent provision of nutritious meals to the most needy children.