The Wong Chu King Foundation, philanthropic arm of Mighty Corp sealed an agreement to fund the feeding of malnourished children from poor families residing at the garbage dumpsite in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City.
The said initiative is in partnership with the University of the Philippines Law Class of 1978, will go to a feeding center of Payatas Orione Foundation Inc.
Under the memorandum of agreement signed between Paofi, WCKF and the UP Law Class of 1978 will provide one nutritious meal per day for one year for 75 children of one of Paofi feeding centers in Payatas.
The meal includes a therapeutic food supplement which will provided only to malnourished tuberculosis patients but later found to be effective for malnourished children of poor families.
The said supplement which can be spread on bread or mixed with rice, consists of peanut butter paste, coconut oil, soya, micronutrients, multivitamins, sugar and powdered milk.
During the signing the MOA at formal ceremonies held last month which was attended by James Vincent Navarette, WCKF general manager; Fr. Martin Mroz, Paofi executive director; and Atty. Antonio Ocampo, representative of UP Law Class of 1978.
“Paofi’s program aims to ensure that the children each achieve their normal weight within a year from enrolling in the program,” said Mroz.
“The foundation specifically aims to establish an average weight gain of two kilos above the normal level of nourishment for each child and impart knowledge to participating parents in the preparation of nutritious and balanced food,” Mroz added.
It will be administered by Paofi that will run a total of 240 days a year, five days a week, from Monday to Friday.
The enrollees are required to undergo deworming before taking part in the program. Then, once a month, a volunteer nurse will record the weight and height of each child. At the end of the year, the feeding center staff will discuss the progress of each child with the parents.
And for children who have not reached the desired weight are required to stay on the program for another year or until they do. Meanwhile, children who achieve the desired weight graduate from the program and are replaced by new program enrollees.
“The supplement was first used in Malawi, in southeast Africa, and has been used in the Philippines for three years,” Mroz said. “This has become possible here because the machine used for making the food was donated to us from the US. A manufacturing facility was set up for this purpose in Barangay Fairview, Quezon City.”
The priest described the foundation’s support as timely for the program. He explained that Paofi used to receive support from Spain and other European countries but the eurozone crisis had put a stop to this.
Navarette said,“With our network, we can help provide additional assistance. When I saw Payatas, I thought that was the worst, but I have seen Paofi areas in Quezon that are even worse than that.”
Paofi maintains two clinics for tuberculosis patients; 11 feeding centers for malnourished children, including eight in Payatas and three in the Badjao settlement in Barangay Dalahican and Talao-Talao in Lucena City, Quezon; and a number of learning centers.
Mighty Corporation supports the programs of Wong Chu King Foundation