(Digos City, Davao del Sur) (November 2015) — Two private institution are launching a campaign to end hunger in Davao del Sur. The Rotary Club of South Digos and Bethesda Ministries International recently signed a partnership agreement which stands to benefit hundreds of elementary schoolchildren. The deal, signed at Avenue One Hotel last October 2015, is a commitment from both parties to provide nutrition through feeding programs in schools spread out across the province. The agreement binds both parties to provide the necessary resources to ensure that the feeding missions are sustainable for months. Rotary Club President Teodorico “Jojo” Dofiles II is pledging to raise funds from its Rotary members and other supporters. The Bethesda Mission International on its part is also providing its imported food packs and other paraphernalia.
The partnership with the Rotary Club is an expansion of further activities of Bethesda Ministries International here in the Philippines as it targets undernourished schoolchildren in Digos City and the province. The missions seek to provide nutrition to the children directly in their schools. So far, the feeding missions have already reached the baranggays of Kapatagan, Tres de Mayo and Aplaya. Other far-flung areas are also scheduled to be visited in the upcoming weeks.
However the vastness of the target areas mean that more funds are required to maintain the program’s sustainability. Rotary is requesting from various donors and sponsors to reach the project’s total cost of Php 1,000,000.00. Among the many individuals that are responding to the call for further funding is Governor Claude Bautista. Governor Bautista personally hand-delivered Php 500,000.00 to supplement the program and fund the program for several months. Up to this date, the Rotary is calling for more donations to reach the Php 1MN mark.
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