"LEAP is a blessing, not only to me, but also to my family. LEAP not only helped me financially in my studies, it also motivated me to strive even more and excel in every endeavour. More importantly, it motivated me to serve the Lord more. For the donors and brethren who faithfully supports LEAP, thank you for trusting and believing in us. Because of people like you, we have a brighter future. What we have achieved is also your achievement."
Irene is a nursing graduate and Gold medalist awardee in Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College. Now she is working as a Manager at the Scientific Biotech Specialists, Inc. She is also a faithful LEAP donor and an active ALERT volunteer in community medical missions, her way of “paying it forward.
"LEAP helped me continue and finish my studies, pursue my dreams in life, and encouraged me not only to study but to serve God more faithfully. I would like to give a very big “Thank You!” to all who are supporting LEAP through their finances, prayers and encouragement.”
Now, Ahmed is a licensed teacher and currently a faculty member at the Lighthouse Academy where he imparts not nly academic teachings, but life learnings to his students.
Jovelle Dela Paz
"I was able to finish my studies and become a registered nurse through the LEAP. This program encouraged me to do my best and treasure the job that I have right now. More than the financial support, the encouragement from my co-LEAP beneficiaries and advisers helped me in moving forward to my career path."
Jovelle is a registered nurse working at Scientific Biotech Specialists, Inc. She is an also an active member of the ALERT team that conduct medical outreaches to challenged communities.
"I really thank God for LEAP. Through this program, I learned how to strive and to have courage to excel in my studies. When I became a LEAP beneficiary, I became more inspired to study. Thank you for supporting the LEAP. Because of people like you my future looks bright!"
Aiko is presently teaching at Grace College of Quezon City, where she is being used by God to inspire the kids into reaching for their dreams.
Diane Marie C. Peralta
Lighthouse Academy Graduate
Diane graduated class Valedictorian in Lighthouse Academy batch 2004, then went to Quezon City Science High School (currently Regional Science High School). Afterwhich, she took up BS Business Administration and Accountancy at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where she was also a consistent College Scholar (with a general average of 1.5 to 1.75 for the semester). Diane is currently working for Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines as Financial Analysis Specialist.
“The quality of education and training I and my siblings received from the Lighthouse Academy are truly life-changing and incomparable. As an educational institution, LA has equipped us well with the competitive knowledge that we needed to qualify for science high schools. But more than this, it molded in us precious Biblical values that allowed us to be outstanding students, not only academically, but in character as well. Personally, I thank LA not only for teaching me empirical knowledge but also about God’s love, plan and purpose.”
Gabay Nutrisyon Phase 1 Director
“It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
It is 2 o’ clock in the afternoon, the church gates are open and kids are already rushing in for the regular feeding activity along with their mothers or siblings. In the basketball court of the Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church, rows of tables and monoblock chairs were already arranged, while the volunteers are making last-minute preparations to the food that will be served for that day. Another table is already set-up near the entrance where the kids can enlist and have their attendance checked. This is just a typical afternoon during the 90-days “Gabay Nutrisyon” Feeding Program for malnourished and undernourished children from the urban poor Barangay Tatalon.
After receiving their daily required vitamin dosage, the kids start lining up to get their food. The menu usually consists of lugaw (porridge), spaghetti, hotdog / ham sandwich, or pansit –a seemingly regular snack fare for the average Filipino, but already a special treat to a malnourished child who typically eats just one full meal a day.
Before starting the program, most of these kids were severely malnourished. Howbeit, in the poverty-stricken community of Tatalon, seeing malnourished kids running the streets is actually typical –particularly when one family struggles to feed a number of children with their meager income.
It is common knowledge that proper nutrition is necessary to have a happy and healthy life; however, in urban poor areas in the Philippines, hunger and malnutrition are still dominant especially among underage children. And due to high food prices, 28 million people cannot even afford to purchase enough food to satisfy their family’s food needs. 1
To address this need, The Great Lighthouse Foundation, in partnership with United Laboratories Inc. (UNILAB) and Odyssey Foundation crafted and organized a 90-days feeding program to malnourished children from the Tatalon community. The participants ranged from ____ years old; and other than daily feeding, they were also closely monitored to check improvements in weight.
However, unlike the typical Feeding Program, the “Gabay Nutrisyon” goes a step further by addressing the spiritual needs of the children and their parents. “Our feeding program is more than the usual programs offered by other NGOs. As envisioned and imparted to us by our Pastor, Bp. Reuben M. Abante – we should not only provide food, but we should also let these kids feel genuine love and concern. I believe that this is what makes us stand out. As a Church, we want them to feel the love of God through our care, not only for their physical well-being, but more importantly, their spiritual lives. Other than teaching them to pray before meals, we have also shared to them the good news of Salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ,” shared by Antonette Hernandez. (Nutritionist and Project Director for Gabay Nutrisyon)
“There are a lot of kids that need our care. I remember that we had two beneficiaries who are siblings, but who have different fathers. During the course of the feeding program, their mother died and only the grandmother brings them here. I remember after the mother’s death, the little boy became even clingier to the volunteers. He keeps on hugging us and asking us to help feed his little brother. I really felt his need for a mother’s love… and I believe that through this program, somehow, we were able to make him feel such,” added Antonette.