COVID-19 will not hinder Good Neighbors International Philippines from putting the children’s needs and safety the first priority. Alongside this long-running unprecedented pandemic, the organization will continuously provide assistance to those affected especially in project areas where it serves.
As part of its 2nd Phase of intervention during this pandemic scare, almost 12,000 children and families in its 11 Community Development Project areas nationwide will be provided with food packs, hygiene kits, educational supplies, and vegetable seeds. The project areas are located in Sitio Bakal, Bagong Silangan, Quezon City; Hagonoy, Bulacan; Gigmoto, Catanduanes; Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon, Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Tingloy, Batangas; San Isidro/Southville, Rodriguez, Rizal; and Laak, Davao de Oro.
Many families during this time have lost their sources of income. As support to ensure that they have food on the table, food packs will be distributed which contain rice, instant noodles, canned goods, sugar, nutritional bar, and chocolate drink. Moreover, giving families access to hygiene supplies will help them practice preventive measures, such as regular hand washing, wearing face masks, and others. The hygiene kit contains germicidal soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, sanitary pad, face masks, alcohol/sanitizer, and a nail cutter.
GNIP will also distribute educational materials that are tailored to the needs of each grade level of the sponsored children. Some of the items are worksheets for alphabet, reading, and writing, art materials, ball pen and pencils, crayons, 1 ream of bond papers, intermediate/yellow pad papers, a plastic envelope, portfolio, notebooks, and storybooks. The organization has also assisted families, teachers, and children in the opening of the school year to ensure enough provision of resources and knowledge in this new set-up of education.
Moreover, GNIP will additionally provide vegetable seeds like mustard, Chinese kangkong, pechay, okra, and eggplant, to address food shortage and poor nutrition. The families are encouraged to plant these easy to grow vegetables as part of the organization’s effort to promote food security, especially during this pandemic.
The above interventions are kick-off developments to make a long-term impact on the lives of the children and the communities. This will not only meet their basic needs but help them fulfill their rights and potentials. This initiative is in collaboration with partner local government units, volunteers, and our generous donors and sponsors.
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