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02/07/2007 PHILIPPINES

Few centavos a day for 120,000 children, says Cardinal Rosales

A caravan is organized in Manila for next week to raise awareness among people that only 25 centavos per day are needed to save children from malnutrition.

Manila (AsiaNews) – Twenty-five centavos (five eurocents; six US cents) a day is all it would take to feed 120,000 hungry Filipino children, this according to the ambitious goal set out by Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales' Pondo ng Pinoy (Filipinos’ Funds) Community Foundation. In a statement, the Archdiocese of Manila said that the Foundation, which was set up in 2004, is organizing a caravan on February 10 to raise greater public awareness of the problem of malnutrition.
The ‘Theology of the Crumbs’ is the Pondo ng Pinoy project’s inspiration. It is based on the idea that if every family could put aside 25 centavos per day, the archdiocese would have enough funds to help the neediest children.
Since it was launched in 2005, the Foundation’s Hapag-Asa or Table of Hope program has “graduated” 6,000 kids from malnutrition and currently has 65,000 children from 37 dioceses under its care, the Manila archdiocese said.
“These figures, however, are just a drop in the bucket considering the project's goal of saving 120,000 children from [. . .] malnutrition by the end of 2007,” Foundation officials said. “They are smaller still considering the millions of children who are now experiencing hunger. This is why Hapag-Asa is bringing its cause to the streets.”
Next Saturday, the caravan will be held from 7 am to 5 pm. Participants will converge on Market! Market! at the Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and at the SM North station of the Metro Rail Transit.
Both groups will meet at the San Carlos Seminary in Makati for a 1 pm mass to be followed by a three-hour program.
According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, three out of ten Filipino children under the age of 5 are underweight, small for their size, and suffering from “chronic malnutrition.”

See also

05/09/2013 PHILIPPINES
Manila, the Church celebrates the Pondo ng Pinoy: An extraordinary solidarity
Almost 300 thousand euro in a year: it is the sum collected from the bottom of charity, founded nine years ago to help the most needy, which invites Filipinos from all walks of pesos to donate 25 cents a day to help the poorest. Fr. Apacible: "It is a minimum amount, but by joining every little effort we can ensure support for the needy."

17/06/2008 PHILIPPINES
With Cardinal Rosales’ crumbs, 161 million pesos raised
Four years since the Pondo ng Pinoy or Filipinos’ Fund was created, the Church in Manila has raised about US$ 3.5 million, currently funding some 80 projects across the country. The prelate behind the initiative stresses the importance of compassion among the faithful.

13/06/2014 PHILIPPINES
Ten years on, cardinal Rosales urges Filipinos to support programme for poor
In a message, sent for the charity's anniversary, card Rosales said Pondo ng Pinoy "is not about me. It is about helping the poor. Just because I am already retired, it does not mean that people should stop helping. We should always help our neighbor those who are in need. God just used me an instrument for this".

19/09/2015 PHILIPPINES
Card. Rosales: Pondo ng Pinoy, 25 cents of charity that open the doors of Heaven
The Archbishop emeritus of Manila relaunches the charity created in 2004. Through small acts of "love" you create a vast network of solidarity. A "democratic" charity in which "everyone gives something." Recalling Pope Francis, the cardinal invites people to be close to the suffering of the poor.

03/02/2016 19:48:00 PHILIPPINES
For Card Tagle, 20 cents a day to save 25,000 children from hunger

In his pastoral letter for Ash Wednesday, the archbishop calls on the faithful to replenish the ‘Pondo ng Pinoy’ programme. Feeding children is a concrete act of charity in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, and a lot can be done with a little for malnourished children.

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