Every child deserves a chance to grow. In Cebu City, Philippines, there are 2,888 children that are considered malnourished, according to the Operation Timbang Plus 2022 Report of the Cebu City Nutrition Council.

Proper nutrition is the foundation for a child’s growth. Unfortunately, children living in poverty have less access to healthy food and opportunities. This reality leaves poor children at a disadvantage for success later in life.

In response to the growing concern of malnourished children in Cebu City, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., through its Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund (RAFI DACF) and the Cebu City Nutrition Network (CCNN), launched the “A Chance to Grow” campaign on July 6, 2022. The campaign is a public fundraising campaign to support the supplemental feeding of malnourished children in Cebu City.

This campaign, in partnership with the Cebu City Nutrition Council, aims to provide children a chance to grow and build a foundation for a healthy and productive life. Through this, it hopes to raise P1,000,000 to support the supplemental feeding of 600 children aged 0 to five years old in Cebu City.

Nalipay ko aning atong gihimong programa na “A Chance to Grow.” (…) Matod pa sa among grupo before, we are igniting spaces of hope. When we give them [the children] food, it is not only food that we give them – it is hope; and hope is very important. (…) We cannot just stay here and watch these children waste away their lives and their future. Let’s do something,” said Ronald Diola, Chairman of the Cebu City Nutrition Council.

Jenny Lea Menchavez, Junior Executive Director of RAFI DACF shared how the first five years of a child’s life is critical to a child’s overall development and posed a challenge for every individual to help champion children in a way that they can.

“This is our chance to give the children a chance to grow. We at the Cebu City Nutrition Network and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. – Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund, invite you–the private organizations, and individuals, to help the Cebu City Government fight malnutrition because this is not the government’s fight alone. This is our fight. We need to fight for our children and give them a chance to grow,” Menchavez said.

Interested donors and supporters may donate to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Donation packages are available:

Supplemental Feeding for 600 malnourished children in Cebu City:

  • P250 – Six Meals for one Child, for one week
  • P1,000 – 24 Meals for one child, for one month
  • P4,950 – 120 meals for one child, for three months

Supporters of the campaign can place a donation through the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation:

Deposit/Fund Transfer:
Account Name: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.
UnionBank of the Philippines
Acct Number Acct: 0027-8000-3279
Purpose: Supplemental Feeding

09173076847 (Sablayan H.), Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Treasury Team

RAFI is also raising funds for the construction of a playground for children in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City. Interested supporters can also help achieve the crowdfunding goal of P100,000 to support the construction of a playground at Balay Amuma of the KidsLife Foundation Inc, a home-based child development center in Brgy. Inayawan, Cebu City, which will benefit 96 children.

Crowdfunding, Balay Amuma Playground
Any amount to help reach the target goal of Php. 100,000

RAFI is also open for institutional partnerships. Organizations interested to partner with the program and place a donation, may contact the foundation at [email protected]. For more information, visit www.rafi.org.ph

DSWD Authority/Solicitation Permit No.: DSWD-SB-SP-00055-2021

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. will match the funds raised as the foundation’s counterpart
in support of the campaign.

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