There are about 1.5 million street children in the Philippines. The very poor kids are thin, untidy, and undernourished, hardly equipped to survive the hazards of everyday living and working on the streets.
Some of the hazards they face include sickness, physical injuries from vehicular accidents, street fights, harassment from extortionists and police, sexual exploitation by pedophiles and pimps, exposure to substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases.
On January 15, 2011, in cooperation with Mayor Jenny Barzaga and the Social Welfare Administrator of Dasmarinas Cavite, chef Jacky Robert and Gabriel Mangubat founded Chefs Feed kids, a 501 (c) 3 Non Profit Foundation.
“We are cooking daily, for 40 kids 7 to 12 years old who are going to school for the first time. The food is an incentive for parents or guardians to let their kids attend school instead of begging in the street”. Jacky Robert is a worldwide known chef and owner of Petit Robert Bistro in Boston, Massachusetts.
“If I had been a doctor, I would be taking care of children’s health. I am a chef and therefor I feed them!” Jacky likes to say…
Teacher Joyce admits that “the task is huge. The means are little. The kids are using scrap paper and are writing on the floor. Problems are just starting when the kids finish the program. Parents don’t have money to pay for school supplies and uniforms required at the public school.”