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Cardinal Tagle urges participation in Fast2Feed campaign for hungry, malnourished children

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle appealed once more for participation in the Fast2Feed program of Hapag-Asa aimed at feeding hungry and malnourished children. In a pastoral letter due for release on February 18, 2015, Ash Wednesday, Cardinal Tagle said that the beginning of Lent is a reminder to everyone to answer God’s call to pray, fast and do acts of charity.

“If we fast and let the poor, hunger and undernourished children benefit from it, we relive what Jesus said, ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,’” he said.

The Fast2Feed is a Lenten campaign that asks that the money saved from fasting be donated Hapag-Asa program. The Cardinal reported in his letter that last year the Fast2Feed campaign was able to feed 150,000 children in the Yolanda-affected areas and another 20,000 children through the six-month HAPAG-ASA feeding program, which provides poor and needy children with warm and nutritious meals, five days a week for six months while their parents are given values education and access to livelihood. 

“But our effort to help our poor, hungry and undernourished children does not stop there and has to continue. There are still millions of our children who are suffering from hunger, stunting and undernourishment and are in need of our love and assistance,” the Cardinal said. “It only takes P1,200 or P10 per day to bring back a hungry and undernourished child to his healthy state in six months,” he added.   

Since HAPAG-ASA started in 2005 to 2014, a total of 1,455,735 children were fed under the six-month supplemental feeding program of its Integrated Nutrition program through various Dioceses, NGOs, LGUs and Schools nationwide.

Of this number,180,421 kids were fed by Pondo ng Pinoy member dioceses and 30,799 were fed by the Archdiocese of Manila through Caritas Manila.

Proceeds from the Fast2Feed campaign in 2014 also benefited about 33,000 children from Yolanda-affected Dioceses which implemented a special three-months feeding. These were the Archdiocese of Palo, Dioceses of Calbayog, Naval and Maasin.

Aside from the Supplemental Feeding, Hapag-Asa, also has strengthened its education and livelihood components. It has included the Early Childhood Education (ECE) along with the education of parents. ECE is aimed towards addressing the learning needs of children three to six years old and those unable to attend formal schooling. These are unstructured learning interventions through fun activities to stimulate brain development, towards attaining full human potential. The ECE Manual was developed with the assistance of the former UP Family Life and Child Development Chair Professor Clarissa Reyes, Ms. Helen Lastra and select Hapag-Asa Coordinators.The Center for Family Ministries (CeFam) provided the inputs for the Parents' Education program and manuals.