Dear Sponsors and Friends,
I am so overwhelmed that we are finally down to the last four months until this year ends. And as the “BER” months begin, Christmas spirit is now all over the Philippines. This is probably the only country in the world that starts celebrating the Christmas season beginning in September. We all love it and it is traditional in our Filipino culture.
We hope that you had a very wonderful August as you celebrate good times with your families. Ours was great. There was a long weekend in celebration of the National Heroes Day.
Along with the continuing typhoon count, just this month, our country was again battered by a Typhoon named “Mina”. It finally moved away last Tuesday leaving 22 deaths and millions worth of destroyed properties. We are still expecting 11 more typhoons as this year comes to an end.
As for our good news from here in the Philippines, with the recommendations of Helen Agawin (our Philippines Meals at School Program Coordinator) we are pleased to announce we have started our popular Meals at School program in a new school in Camarines Sut Region earlier in August. The name of the new school is Sua Elementary and provides daily school meals for more than 300 Filipino children located in one of the most devastated areas of the Philippines.
We have rotated the meals program this year, from Dugcal School to Sua School, and feel especially good about this change. Sua School was designated by the superintendent as one of three most impoverished schools in the Camarines, Sur school district. The meals will be a life-saver for the children coming to school relying on this as their only decent food for the day.
We so much appreciate those of you who are helping to sponsor the more than 600 children who presently participate in our Meals at School programs. You also provide individual sponsorship programs and other support for the children here in the Philippines.
Give Children Hope is now truly a global children’s charity and we do not want to miss thanking sponsors for our other programs like the Give Children Hope Food for Families packages given to needy families in Brazil. We also recognize other individuals who so kindly help other needy children wherever they live to have better lives.
I know that all of us can do something to help those in need. Whether it be great or small, everything touches their hearts and they will remember it for the rest of their lives.
We thank you all for what you do for these children. Your outreached hand to them makes a big difference in each of their lives.
Please see pictures of the children attending our new Sua School and in other areas globally on our Give Children Hope blog and Facebook at: givechildrenhope.blogspot.com/ and www.facebook.com/givechildrenhope
In behalf of the sponsored children,