Care Channels has worked with various organizations in the Philippines to roll out projects centered on education sponsorship, health, feeding programs, and community development. In the words of Care Channels’ missionary doctor Maria Elinore Vilar Genetia, “We walk alongside them [the poor] to help them transform their lives through education sponsorship, health programs, and livelihood programs.”
One such program Care Channels needed urgent help with was their Breakfast Farm Program at the Sitio Elaved Relocation Site Feeding Center. The program was created to provide nutrition to undernourished children in the area.
Through the network of Pass It Forward, Care Channels was able to partner with STech, an active Pass It Forward corporate giver. With the money donated by STech, Care Channels was able to start a chicken dispersal project—this included ready-to-lay chickens, feeds, and housing.
As a result of this project, Care Channels was able to include farm-fresh eggs as part of the breakfast for the undernourished school children. The early-morning meal, along with some essential vitamin supplements, helps the children perform better in class. One educator observed that a full stomach makes the students more energetic and participative, and for this Care Channels is very grateful.
To pass forward the generosity of their givers, Care Channels identified eight families that were willing to do free-range-chicken raising, the profits of which will go to the feeding program and the other part to the sustainability of the project. To top off the give-back activity, and also to minimize expense, the volunteer families planted madre de agua, a flowering plant whose fruit is used as food for the chicken.
For Sitio Elaved and Care Channels, their experience with the Pass It Forward movement was empowering and heartfelt. Beneficiaries of the project are thankful not only because of the blessings they received from the Lord but also for the opportunity to share with others. Dr. Vilar Genetia best expresses the collective feeling of the residents about their Pass It Forward experience: “It’s a way of lifting up, of giving with dignity.”