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Who is Food for the Hungry? (FH)

Food for the Hungry (FH) with legalheadquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and international office in Phoenix, Arizona, is an international relief and development organization that answers God's call to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor. We have ongoing activities in nearly 30 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. We conduct our activities across three inter-related areas, namely Community Development, Institutional Formation/Transformation and Emergency Response/Relief. Food for the Hungry exists to help individuals reach their God-given potential. FH works with churches, leaders and families to achieve community transformation and helps them become sustainable.



BACOOR,CAVITE


Center 028: Bacoor
Start Date: 30-Aug-2004
End Date: 31-Dec-2009
Number of Registered Children: 164
Partner Churches: Unida Evangelist Church

Community Profile
Bacoor, with an area of 52.4 square kilometers, is located on the south eastern shore of Manila Bay, at the northwest portion of the province. Muntinlupa City and Las Pinas lies on its eastern side. Bacoor is separated from Las PiƱas by the Zapote River. The municipality is divided into 73 barangays and is part of the first congressional district of Cavite.

Bacoor registered the highest average family income in Cavite in 1997 and 2000. Not surprisingly, it has become a center of commerce, with 11 different commercial banks all over the municipality.

Crops, the productive area of which has dwindled to only 100 hectares; fishponds which likewise decreased to almost half of the original 760 hectares; and salt production, fishing, Oyster and mussel culture which are now being threatened to near extinction because of pollution and overpopulation, are the other sources of income of the residents. The sudden shift of Bacoor from an agri-based economy to a residential/commercial urban center with all its attendant problems poses a challenge to public administrators.

Though a first class urban municipality, many families are still marginalized, majority of them are living near the coastal area that are owned by the government. Many of the fathers are fisher folks, pedicab drivers and construction workers while mothers work as laundry women and fish vendor. Most of the families are planned to be relocated to give way to the high way and commercial center construction plan of the government.

Critical Issues
Children:
High Rate of School Drop-outs
Low self-esteem
Undernourished

Parents:
Unable to fully support their families
Not good models to their Children
Perdisposed to vices
Lack of parenting Skills
Inablility to find and maintain a steady job

Strategies to impact target groups
Children:
Promotion, education and monitoring of health care through Health fairs
School visits
Meeting with parents
Meeting with the school principals and teachers

Parents:
Promotion, education and monitoring of health care through parents' meeting
Consultative process
Organized Livelihood Training
Parents-Children Encounter
Formation of Savings Group
Home visits

Community Leaders:
Initiate meetings with leaders
Training of leaders

Church:
Meet church leaders to discuss issues affecting children
Link churches in the community and encourage community outreach
Equip church leaders on Discipling the Nations Alliance/Samaritan Strategy

Potential Projects
Repair of Houses
Construction of path walks
Deep well/artesian Well
volunteer projects