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Jollibee Group Foundation’s Special School Feeding benefits students in Kalibo and Capiz

Typhoon Yolanda Update:

 

Jollibee Group Foundation’s Special School Feeding benefits students in Kalibo and Capiz

The Special School Feeding Program (SSFP) of Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) is getting kids back to school in typhoon-hit areas in Kalibo and Capiz. Over 100 days after super typhoon Yolanda devastated provinces in the Visayas region, students of severely devastated schools in Kalibo, Aklan and Dao, Capiz are benefiting from free lunch meals served 3 times a week to pupils from all grade levels.

 

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A makeshift cooking center in Ylas Norte Elementary School, Dao,Capiz

Improvising in times of disasters

In the SSFP, JGF is providing the feeding budget and in-kind support lunch as rice, soup mixes and cooking utensils, while partner agencies, schools and parents provide support.

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Congee is  served for  lunch at  elementary schools  in  typhoon-hitareas

 

“Most of our students are children of farmers whose livelihoods were affected by the typhoon,” shared Baltazar D. Paja, Head Teacher of Ylas Norte Elementary School in Dao, Capiz. Parents play an important role as they are the ones preparing the meals of the students and even though they are also affected, they still manage to go to the school to help out. In a remote school parents huddle over pots in a makeshift cooking center made from the remains of 3 damaged classrooms. Men chop up firewood while mothers prepare a congee soup mix to feed the school’s students for lunch.

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Meals being served in Don Nicanor Escutin Memorial School, Dao,Capiz

 

“It’s really a challenge for some of us to volunteer to cook, especially since it’s the harvest season now, but we all want to help out,” shared Maria Vanessa Tinez, one of the parents.

Despite the lack of resources, the school has made the best of the situation.

“The firewood we use for cooking is made from damaged fences, trees and dry bamboo that were destroyed by the storm,” said Tinez.

The pots they use for cooking are placed on a makeshift grill made from steel salvaged from a damaged classroom.

“We borrowed large pots from parents who usually only use these during special ocassions like fiestas, so that we can cook for all the students in school,” shared home economics teacher Lani Baruela.

Baruela, who also serves as the Nutrition Coordinator of the school, uses her vacant time in the morning to supervise the feeding program. She personally picks up the supplies needed for the feeding program every Friday morning from the town center.

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Students from the Don Nicanor Escutin Memorial School, Dao, Capizenjoy their free lunch courtesy of Jollibee Group Foundation

It helps that the Local Government of Dao, Capiz, which is the project’s main implementing agency, makes it easy for their 19 school beneficiaries to get supplies. The LGU came up with an organized distribution system with suppliers. They also provided water filters to each school.

“Barangay officials have provided multicabs to help the school transport the supplies needed every week. The officials also provide the gas free of charge,” shared Hon. Joselito Y. Escutin, Municipal Mayor of Dao, Capiz.

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Students  of  Bakhaw  Elementary  School,  Kalibo,  Aklan  enjoy  a healthy meal

Dr. Marlon P. Destreza, District Supervisor of the Department of Education in the District of Dao says the feeding program has already had a positive impact on the students.

“Aside from increasing their nutritional status, there’s been a tremendous increase in school attendance especially during feeding days. Students are more motivated to come to school regularly now,” said Destreza.

Alyssa Mae Claion, 12, a Grade 6 student in Don Nicanor Escutin Memorial School (DNEMS), a remote school in Dao, Capiz, is one of the beneficiaries. Her father is a farmer while her mother works in Manila.

“Dati nagbabaon pa kami ng kanin at ulam para sa pananghalian, ngayon hindi na kasi may libre ng pagkain na mas masustansya,” said Alyssa.

“Maganda yung programa dahil hindi na nag-aabsent ang mga kaklase ko,” added Alyssa.

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