We have gone beyond the vicinity of the Zamboaguita poblacion to target outlying vulnerable communities in our parish. Once a week and whenever resources permit, our outreach team drives up to sitio Balaudo in barangay St. Peter, a village which straddles the mountainous forested border of Bukidnon and Agusan del Sur. During our visits, we serve nutritious meals to the mostly Lumad children who come down to our feeding station. Their families are on subsistence living. When food is scarce, the parents would hire themselves out to local farm owners. Unfortunately recent harvests have been sparse or erratic. Often times the children are going hungry.
Our pickup truck would be loaded with food and medicines for the day when we drive to the hinterlands where there are concentrations of undernourished kids. Because of our limited resources, we prioritize Lumad kids over others who are not marginalized. We usually prepare meals for 50 needy children. There are days however when we come up short as 100-150 kids would show up. They come down to our feeding station eagerly waiting with their mugs and bowls.
These kids and their parents also need medicines and skin ointments because of the onslaught of scabies and other prevalent ailments. We provide them with medicines, vitamins and sulphur soap drawn from our Botica sa Parokya supplies.
At P50 budget per child, we can provide one full nutritious meal of lugaw, champorado or binignit, including bread, fruit and juice or milk. Thanks to the Sunday mass offerings of generous parishioners, sometimes we are able to
add vegetables, fruits and multi-vitamins. At 50 kids per visit, our budget amounts to P2,500 weekly (P10K per month). Increasing this budget to P5000-7500 weekly (P20K-30K per month), will enable us to feed up to 100-150 kids.
Since our primary targets are the most undernourished, we want to keep the number of beneficiaries to at least 50 kids for now. Later, we plan to expand to other areas within the parish territory which would include 6 most impoverished lumad communities. We are deliberately keeping our pace slow so as to anticipate issues and learn how to address them.
To optimize service, we are currently focusing our efforts on the kids from the village of Balaudo for the next three months until it is feasible to open more areas. Thus for this foreseeable time period, we would be needing support for our feeding budget of P30,000. The generosity of benefactors shall be greatly appreciated.
Scroll the images below to learn about our recent visits to the village of Baluado