Launches special school project
As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Negros Occidental Garden Club, under the presidency of Fe Remitio, has launched a special program designed to provide meals for undernourished children in Bacolod schools.
- The Negros Occidental Garden Club presented a donation to the Rizal Elementary School for the Full Meal program. (l-r) Club members Mepa Conde, Daphne Javelosa, Ilde Guerrero. Rizal Elementary’s Raquel Barredo and May Bautista; club members Lourdes Mercado, Jean Visitacion, Gigi Flores”
Called ‘Full Meal’, the program kicked-off on Monday at the Rizal Elementary School with an initial batch of 40 children classified by the Department of Education as ‘severely wasted’.
- First day of the Full Meal program at Rizal Elementary School
Said Lourdes Mercado, chair of the club’s working committee: “The project aims to supply at least one full meal a day for those children most in need. This will mean they can continue to attend school as they look forward to a nourishing meal each day. We all want our children to be healthy and cheerful.”
For its part, the school is required to grow and maintain a sustainable vegetable garden, handle the cooking of the meals, identify those children most in need and follow-up the physical growth of each child.
- Hm, tastes pretty good. A pupil tucks into a Full Meal
“This is a very beneficial project,” said May Bautista, Principal 4 at Rizal Elementary. “Some families are too poor to feed their chidden properly and when there’s hunger it makes it very difficult for a child to focus on lessons. So the Full Meal program will be a great help.
The project will run until December at which time the club and school will determine the next stage.
As part of Full Meal, the club will also host a Christmas party at the school for the children, teachers and volunteer helpers.
Two pupils tending an Okra plant in the school’s vegetable garden
Founded in 1962, the Negros Occidental Garden Club is one of the oldest and most active clubs of its kind in the Philippines. It aims to promote, encourage, foster and cultivate interest in garden floriculture and community beautification as well as support local charitable projects.