Easing malnutrition in Ambalgan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 November 2011 13:39

Not only in slum areas but also in this remote village of Ambalgan; malnutrition has taken its toll. Lack of food at home has affected children’s attendance and performance in school. Ambalgan Elementary School’s record revealed thatabout 10% of its 706 students are considered wasted and severely wasted in nutritional status.

Ambalgan’s families are mostly tenants and laborers, while others are subsistent farmers. Children survive on whatever meager income both parents could harness to support family needs including education for the kids.

Jay Saliling, Grade IV, is one of the farmers kid in Ambalgan who continues to go to school despite their difficult situation. He was among the students who survived schooling without dropping out. It was learned that out of the 46 students enrolled in June, only 41 students were left by September, his teacher disclosed.

Thank you is not enough, says Jay  Sinaliling as he spoke recently  before donors of a supplemental feeding project at Ambalgan Elemetary School in Sto. Nino, South
Cotabato. “Forever we are grateful for the food you shared to us here in Ambalgan. We may not have material things to give in exchange for your kindness, but wish namin good health and blessings so you can also help other children like us,” Jay stressed.

Jay is one of the 76 malnourished children of Ambalgan Elementary School who are beneficiaries of a 4-month school-based supplemental feeding project. Through the Balik-Baterya Program, funds derived from the sale of used and recycled batteries were used to finance the project.

Nestle’ Philippines in partnership with Nestle’s Truckers also supports a remedial reading program for school children at Teresita Elementary School, all in South South Cotabato Province. The said program is being implemented by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and local partners in the area. — Danny Escabarte