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A Child's Best Start Program

Program Description

At the center of our charitable efforts is our new global signature philanthropic program – A Child's Best Start – working to support the nutritional needs of children in fragile and vulnerable circumstances, especially those who do not have parents to provide them with the best start in life.

In keeping with the global mandate, Mead Johnson Nutrition Philippines partnered with the Christian Growth Ministries (CGM)– Home of Joy Orphanage in Cavite.

Last February 2012, as part of the MJN Philippines' annual "do good" activity, employees went to the Home of Joy to renovate the orphanage's kitchen and set up a vegetable garden that will provide the children and their caretakers with organically grown vegetables.

Program Benefits

Since the establishment of the vegetable garden at the Home of Joy, the caretakers have already harvested about 290 Kilos of assorted vegetables which include tomatoes, bitter gourd, string beans, radish, squash, lettuce, Chinese Kangkong, okra, string beans and mustard.

Most of the harvested vegetables are consumed by the children and their guardians, the rest are sold to visiting guests and supporters of the orphanage.

According to CGM Project Officer, Uinee Dequila, the staff and the children of the Home are very happy and thankful to Mead Johnson for the support. They are now contemplating expanding the area of the vegetable garden so they can produce more and generate additional income.

According to Ms. Dequila the children of the Home of Joy were very excited with the vegetable garden. Last summer, the older children helped out in the afternoon to weed out the plots and clean the area. In the process, the kids were also taught about the importance of proper nutrition and the role that vegetables play in a healthy and balanced diet.

Partners

Christian Growth Ministries - Home of Joy

The Home of Joy is situated in Dasmarinas, Cavite about an hour and a half drive off Metro Manila. It is a child caring and welfare agency licensed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The home started operations in November 1977 as an outreach activity of the CGM to provide temporary care for abandoned, neglected, orphaned, surrendered and homeless children in Metro Manila.