Thursday, June 30, 2011
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Kraft Foods and Save the Children Nutrition Intervention Program Reveal Milestones from Second Year.
MANILA, Philippines - Started in 2009, FRESH Philippines is a partnership between Kraft Foods Philippines and Save the Children. It aims to help improve access to and knowledge about proper nutrition. Recently, FRESH Philippines’ Year 2 results showed just how the program is living up to its name by helping provide food to families.
FRESH is Future Resilience and Stronger Households Philippines, a nutrition availability and education platform. It is currently supporting 19 urban and rural barangays which have low nutritional levels - Parañaque, Metro Manila; San Remigio, Antique; and Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.
Kraft Foods globally aims to help alleviate hunger and malnutrition. FRESH Philippines is just one way in which Kraft Foods fulfils its higher purpose to make today delicious. By partnering with Save the Children, Kraft Foods brings this mission to life and helps ensure that hunger and malnutrition do not plague its beneficiary communities.
More than 16,000 children have access to food
FRESH Philippines ensures that children and their families have immediate and continued access to food. This the program accomplishes by conducting feeding programs for children in schools and providing families with the means to grow and buy their own food.
To date, FRESH Philippines has reached 16,298 children through feeding programs in schools. The project supported 1,099 families by helping them set up household and community gardens where they can have easy access to food. An additional 357 families were supported with livelihood opportunities to generate more income for their needs.
A Lifetime of Nutritious Eating
Access to food is only the first step. Encouraging healthy-eating behaviours is the next and more difficult second phase. How do you encourage families to provide the right nutrition for their children? By informing them just how important proper nutrition is not just for health, but for their children’s future.
FRESH Philippines has been doing just that through behavior change activities and seminars which promote health, nutrition and hygiene. During the past two years 15,563 children have been involved in these activities together with their parents. To give them a head start to a healthy life, 34,557 children have also been given de-worming treatments and micronutrient supplements.
Raising Children Together
FRESH Philippines’ mission is to engage the community to also take an active part in alleviating hunger and malnutrition. The program leverages government funding to increase the reach of its activities. FRESH Philippines also works with government units to create nutrition councils which further promote nutrition at the barangay and city level.
Proving that alleviating hunger is everybody’s concern, FRESH Philippines has so far encouraged funding from local government units amounting to $200,000.
The Real Change We Need
FRESH Philippines has garnered various awards over the past two years for facilitating positive change in the lives of children. Among these are from: The Asian Corporate Responsibility Awards for Best Poverty Alleviation Program and from InterAction for Best Practices and Innovations Award on Rural Livelihoods and Agriculture. With the city government of Parañaque, FRESH Philippines received recognition from the Global Forum on Urbanization and Health held in Kobe, Japan for its community garden projects.
Although, these figures and awards only take second place to the real contributions of the program. As of today, 17% of Grades 1-3 students included in the feeding program have improved school attendance. Among families, there was an 8.7% decrease of those who suffered involuntary hunger. Furthermore, 58 children who were suffering from severe or moderate malnutrition, a serious state that puts their lives at risk, now show dramatic improvements in nutritional status.
Through the partnership of Kraft Foods and Save the Children, more children are learning in school, more families don’t feel hunger anymore and more children can grow up to their full potential. Imagine, this much change was created with the simplest yet noblest intentions of giving proper nutrition for a brighter future.
Monday, June 27, 2011
MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 27, 2011) – The second daughter of former Philippine President Fidel Ramos succumbed to lung cancer at a hospital in Pasig City. She was 54.
Josephine Ramos died before dawn on Monday in Medical City, state media reported.
Ramos, a singer who was married to actor Lloyd Samartino, left a 17-year old son, Sergio. She was a champion water-skier and a member of the Philippine Ladies' National Water-Skiing Team that won medals in the Southeast Asian Games in the late 1970s.
She also performed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and was a back-up singer with Gary Valenciano group, the Mon Faustino Powerplay Band, and a fashionable percussionist for other musical ensembles.
President Benigno Aquino III has extended his sympathies to the family of the former president.
“The loss of any loved one is grave, indeed; the demise of a child is particularly painful for parents. The President assures former President and Mrs. Ramos that he will keep their entire family in his thoughts and prayers at this time of deep loss,” Aquino said. (Mindanao Examiner)
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 27, 2011) – A former southern Philippine town mayor was shot and seriously wounded in a broad daylight attack Monday in Zamboanga City, police said.
Police said Najib Maldisa, a former mayor of Maimbung town in Sulu province, was shot by motorcycle gunmen while travelling with his wife on a family car in the village of San Roque.
His wife was unhurt in the attack, said Senior Superintendent Edwin de Ocampo, chief of the local police force.
“We don’t know the motive behind the attack. We are still investigating this case,” De Ocampo told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.
He said the couple just came from their house and heading to the main road when the attack occurred. “The assailants escaped after the shooting,” he said.
De Ocampo said they have sent policemen to guard Maldisa in the hospital. (Mindanao Examiner)