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Herbs and Vegetables Garden: A Community Project for good nutrition and health

  The MEALenium Project is taking a healthier step to improve the condition of their chosen community. In addition to the feeding program, 2018 Feeding Program Chair, Alexa Kahn recently launched the Herbs and Vegetables Garden Project that aims to educate the community about the benefits of Herbs and Vegetables for overall nutrition and as medicinal cures for common illnesses such as cough, colds and skin rashes. Pots filled with medicinal herbs and vegetables were brought to the feeding center…

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Enriching Lives through Education

The dream doesn’t end for eleven lucky students because of the project initiated by Erin Dominique Chua, The MEALenium Project’s Scholarship Program Chairperson. These teenagers from Payatas will be continuing their studies as the first batch of scholars of The MEALenium Scholarship Program. The scholarship program became an offshoot of The MEALenium Project, a sustainable and collaborative effort of the community, corporations, and private individuals, whose long-term vision is to help kids from Payatas escape the cycle of poverty. They…

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Study Hall – Teaching through Lego

More kids in Payatas are flocking to the study hall in St. Benedict built by The MEALenium Project because of their new teaching tool – Lego. This idea was conceptualized by The MEALenium Project founder Philip Sebastian “Basti” Belmonte. He thought of gathering the old Lego bricks and figures of his friends so that the children who uses their study hall can use it to learn and play. Lego has been proven to be a visual tool in improving the…

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Christmas Celebrations at St. Benedict

The MEALenium Project had two Christmas get-togethers this year with St. Benedict, one for the study hall kids and another for the feeding center children. Basti Belmonte and Alexa Kahn organized all the parties and the donations for the Christmas presents for all the kids and the parent volunteers. The MEALenium Project ends 2018 on a happy note that only 2 out of the 31 kids in the feeding center are malnourished. A great achievement of 93% healthy kids for…

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Study Hall Now Open!

We are happy to celebrate our 2nd Anniversary in Payatas! To start our celebration, a mass was officiated by Fr. Bernardo of Payatas Orione Foundation. We then proceeded to the feeding center where we had a gift waiting for the children. As our anniversary gift to the community, we opened the feeding center to be used as a Study Hall for children ages 8-12 every Saturday, 9-11am. The Study Hall is equipped with books for Math, English, Science and Reading. Tutors are…

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Basketball Sports Clinic 2017

MANILA, Philippines — School children from Payatas who participated in The MEALenium Project’s Basketball Clinic have upped their performance due to their improved physical strength and stamina. Now on its second year, The MEALenium Project’s Basketball Clinic was conducted over four Saturdays in June 2017. The clinic was targeted at the beneficiaries of The MEALenium Project, a sustainable feeding program wherein mothers within the community are trained to cook nutritious meals for the school children in Payatas. The project was…

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GameBytes Sponsor’s Visit

Employess of GameBytes, makers of mobile games for Globe Telecoms, recently visited our feeding center in St. Benedict. Aside from bonding with the children, they also brought educational materials and school supplies for the kids. A percentage of their mobile games revenue goes to The MEALenium Project. The more players who subscribe to their services, the bigger the donation fund grows. They are our major sponsor for the St. Benedict feeding center this year. Currently, they have 2 mobile games that benefit…

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Now serving 1,000 meals a day!

When we established The MEALenium Project in May 2015, our goal was to be able to serve 1,000 meals per month for the malnourished children in the Payatas community. We are very happy that from our initial 25-30 children beneficiaries, our partners helped us expand to 600 beneficiaries and now to 1,000 beneficiaries. As we were able to obtain additional funding for the feeding program, we would also be able to reach more children in the community. These 1,000 beneficiaries were identified…

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1000 meals

MANILA, Philippines — Teenagers leading The MEALenium Project partnered with various stakeholders to push for a school-based feeding initiative for undernourished children. The MEALenium Project co-founders Joshua Emmanuel Tan and Philip Sebastian Belmonte signed an agreement with  Jollibee Group Foundation, Department of Education Quezon City Schools Division and Lupang Pangako Elementary School to benefit close to 600 malnourished public  elementary students. The new partners recently formalized the agreement for the first Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) Kitchen for the DepEd’s school-based feeding…

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2 for 1 Promise for Payatas

As part of our Nature Guard “2 for 1 promise”, we provided families in Payatas a free bottle of Nature Guard anti-mosquito spray for every 2 bottles sold. For our first batch of recipients, we organized a seminar about mosquito-borne diseases prevention. We invited a key note speaker, Dr. Lots Doligon of Makati Medical Hospital. Dr. Doligon gave the moms in Payatas valuable tips on how to avoid Dengue and Zika. Doligon also provided tips on early detection for Dengue…

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