In late 2021, we received a sweet update from one of our volunteer coordinators in the Philippines at the Visayans Community Center at Bliss who, thanks to our donors, was able to make a huge difference in the lives of a local family — all while supporting a local business:

“Thanks to contributions from Children Incorporated’s Hope In Action Fund, I decided to purchase peanut butter from the mother of one of our sponsored children, whose name is John.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on families ability to generate money, and parents try to find a way to earn and secure food for their families.

Instead of buying peanut butter from the big grocery, we opted to buy twenty jars of her home-made peanut butter to help augment their family income. The pandemic has had a huge impact on families ability to generate money, and parents try to find a way to earn and secure food for their families. We are so happy that through the subsidy, we are able to help the children and their respective families.

Aside from the home-made peanut butter, the children in our program also received noodles, canned goods, milk, biscuits and rice. They always requested extra kilos of rice. Children who were old enough and live nearby the center, personally came to the center along with their parents to receive the gifts or food packs, while the others were received by their guardians or parents.”

In addition to their monthly supply of food, sponsored children in the Philippines also received home-made peanut butter.

“After purchasing the peanut butter, I wanted to continue to help local families while also supporting children. The family of one of our other sponsored children, TJ, was having a very difficult year. TJ’s father lost his job as a janitor due to the pandemic. To support the family, TJ’s parents started producing realino na bangus, which is a ready-to-eat stuffed milkfish with vegetables that is popular in the Philippines.

Unfortunately, after only a few weeks of starting this new business, the family was met with a devastating incident, when one fateful night, their house was robbed. Valuable items including the rolling fund and capital for their small entrepreneurial venture were taken.

I requested assistance from Children Incorporated to help TJ’s family purchase new equipment so they can start their business again. TJ’s mom expressed that it would be a big help to them to start selling again even on an order basis or during the weekend. Thankfully, because of Children Incorporated’s support, TJ’s family was able to replace the stolen items and start their business up again a few weeks after the robbery.”

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HOW DO I SPONSOR A CHILD IN THE PHILIPPINES?

You can sponsor a child in the Philippines in one of three ways: call our office at 1-800-538-5381 and speak with one of our staff members; email us at sponsorship@children-inc.org; or go online to our donation portal, create an account, and search for a child in the Philippines that is available for sponsorship.

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