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Jukra is the principal of Pidsandawan Elementary School, who coordinates with Gawad Kalinga for the implementation of Kusina ng Kalinga in the school. She mentions that it helps the students in attending school and at the same time, promote good health with the children.
“Shukran [Thanks] to. . . Gawad Kalinga for the [nutritious and delicious] free food. . . The feeding program really increases the attendance of our pupils. It’s not like before where [many students are absent]. It promotes the good health status of the children. . . I wish there’s always a feeding program.”
A GK KnK volunteer, she was inspired to help based on her experience as an ice cream vendor when she helps out Chef Jhem pack and deliver the food to at least 300 children per day.
“The simple things… are a big help to the parents of the kids [in the KnK feeding campaign]. The thank yousfrom the kids make me happy.”
A regular KnK volunteer in the Alang-Alang Central Kitchen, she helps with the other volunteer, including her granddaughter Kate, in preparing meals for the students in Alang-Alang I Central School daily as part of a partnership with GK and Lifebank Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Program to ensure that she and other families in the area are able to have a stable income and a better future.
A parent volunteer from Carmen Elementary School in Eastern Samar, she has a child in Grade 5 who is able to eat healthy food thanks to the KnK campaign in the region. She volunteers to help cook meals for the children involved from the school.
A GK parent volunteer who works in the KnK campaign in Angat, Bulacan, she works there since her children attend elementary school in Grades 1 and 5. Through helping in the kitchen, her children learn to eat proper and nutritious food.
A grade 4 student from Alumbrado Elementary School in Nagcarlan, Laguna, she was very happy to be a part of the KnK campaign because it means that she can go to school every day. Her ambition is to be a teacher.
“I’m happily going [to school] everyday because [my classmates and I] are eating together. . . so that we’re healthy and we can answer what our teacher teaches us. That’s why my dream is to be a teacher.”
Mariz and Maice are both first grade students atMarcelo L. Adriano Memorial School in Barangay Encanto in Bulacan who are benefiting from the KnK program. In their free time, they assist Jeremiah Cariñotoprepare and distribute the lunchboxes to other students.
A 14-year old native of Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat, she’s a volunteer who came to work alongside volunteers in the KnK campaign in Rajah Buayan in Maguindanao, where she helps to feed local schoolchildren displaced by the conflict in Marawi.
“I learned from this [Bayani Challenge] that we should be one. It’s not measured by age… [whether] you’re a Muslim or a Christian, as long as you’re interesting in helping.”
Salama is a refugee from Marawi who took shelter in an evacuation center when the fighting started between the military and by Maute Group fighters. Thanks to GK, Salama and the other young refugees are able to eat and have a meal per day while waiting for the fighting in and around Marawi to be over.
Norasha (8), Norsi (9), Anilove (9) and Angel (7) are students of Sanguiaran Central Elementary School, who were forced to leave Marawi when the fighting started. These students have folded peace cranes as an offering for the conflict there to cease and for them to return back home safely.
They dream of someday returning to Marawi to go back to school, help other people who have been in the same situation and reunite with their families.
Norasha – “I want to go back to our place even if we have no house, which was burned down. I’ll ride on my [peace crane]. . . so that I can study.”
Norsi – “I don’t like corned beef and sardines, we’ve been eating them for one month. I’ll ride on my [peace crane] to go home so that I can eat vegetables.”
Anilove – “My mom’s not here, she’s in a far place where she’s working as a labandera so that we can eat. My father has no job when the conflict started. When the fighting stops, my [peace crane] will follow my mother and father. We’ll go home and be together again.”
Angel – “My [peace crane] will fly so that I can thank those who helped us.”
A 9-year old volunteer from NIA Road, Quezon City, Rosa’s the eldest child and motherless who learned how to do household chores at a young age. She also works in order to support her younger sister, Maggi. They often go together during KnK campaigns to get some food to eat.
Ryza is a 12-year old outgoing student at Hernani Central Elementary School in Eastern Visayas. She’s the second of four sisters in her family, who often has to skip school to help her father, who is a farmer. The Codillos are forced to save food after they buy from the market and use salt or sugar to preserve it.
She is thankful for being a part of KnK and has vowed to study hard and do her best in school.
Wengielyn is 8-years old, who is happy to hear that the KnK campaign has been established in her community because the food she’s getting is delicious. She goes to get her food everyday from the program with her mom, Ate Helen, who joined the campaign as a volunteer.
A Grade 6 student at Manaol Elementary School located in Manaol, Pozorrubio of Pangasinan, her school is included in the KnK campaign through the Nagcarlan kitchen. She’s very grateful for being involved since she is able to eat healthy food, which was not always present in her family home before GK got involved.
“Our parents are very thankful for your project/program because they are letting the children eat nutritious food, which is often not eaten at home.”
Granddaughter of KnKAlang-Alang volunteer Luzviminda Medina, she helps her grandmother in the KnK central kitchen in Alang-Alang to prepare cooked lunch for the students studying in Alang-Alang I Central School. Like her grandmother, she would benefit from Lifebank Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Program so that her family can be ecnomically stable.
Pauleen is a student at the Marcelo L. Adriano Elementary School, who receives her meals daily from the KnK campaign in Bulacan in her Grade 3 class.
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