Children’s Joy Foundation USA, as a charity non-profit organization, is building its programs and services in partnership with Social Welfare Development Agencies in the Philippines and in the United States. Since its inception, it has made significant impact to the lives of poor children.
Building Homes for Destitute Children
CJF USA has been supporting efforts of partner social welfare agencies in providing child care residential homes for abandoned, orphaned, neglected, and dependent Filipino children.
This is a social welfare intervention encouraged by the Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development to give these children a better chance for a good future.
In 2011, the Philippines had 29 million children aged 5–18 years old. Of this number, 10.9 million are 5–17 years old who lived in poverty and has either stopped going to school, resorted to forced labor to earn a living, or worse, left by their parents who could no longer afford to provide for their basic needs.
This scenario is common in the Philippines’ both urban and rural areas up to this day. A number of these cases are catered by Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. in the Philippines, an affiliate organization of CJF USA which provides center-based programs for abandoned, orphaned, dependent, and neglected children.
DSWD describes a neglected child as one whose parent, parents or guardian failed to exercise a minimum degree of care in supplying the child with adequate food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care due to intense poverty.
A dependent child refers to a needy child who has been deprived of parental support or care because of the parents’ or guardian’s death, absence from home, physical and/or mental incapacity, or unemployment.
Child Education Support Program
Thousands of children have also benefited from CJF USA’s educational programs.
CJF USA has been supporting the education of marginalized children in the Philippines to help them achieve their dreams and become active contributing members in their communities.
Based on the data collected by the National Statistics Coordination Board, over a quarter of the Filipino population (27.9%) were living in poverty in the year 2013.
Extreme poverty is forcing children to stop going to school and to resort to forced labor to help make ends meet. Out of the 29 million Filipino children, 5.4 million are working (18%) to help support their families’ needs.
CJF USA has been working closely with social welfare agencies for many years to help children continue their studies. The foundation considers education as a very important part of a child’s development.
Supplemental Feeding and Nutrition Program
CJF USA has been proactively working with church missionaries, volunteers, and social welfare development agencies in implementing supplemental feeding programs to improve the health condition of poor children.
Twenty-one (21%) percent of Filipino new births have low birth weight and 19% of children who are 5 years and below are underweight. This shows the prevalence of malnutrition among Filipino children.
Supplemental feeding activities are conducted all throughout the year to address this nutrition problem.
In the Philippines, the programs are coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development through CJFI in the Philippines based on standard requirements.
In the United States, CJF USA has also partnered with a number of social welfare agencies to bring this program to disadvantaged American children.
Relief Assistance Program
CJF USA has always been active in disaster relief activities to address the immediate needs of calamity victims. The ones who are always put at risk when a disaster strikes are the young children who are incapable of survival especially without the help of any adult.
Among the most notable relief efforts by CJF USA were the extensive disaster relief operations implemented in the Typhoon Haiyan affected areas and in the province of Bohol which was hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in 2013.
Both of these unfortunate events brought with them destruction that reached catastrophic proportions leaving thousands of Filipino families homeless and children orphaned.