THE best of spirits always emerges on the worst of times from the least of our brethren.
Everyone is doing their share to help themselves and others survive the peril of coronavirus to humanity.
The Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation, Inc. led by its CEO Millie Kilayko was able to donate face shields and hospital gowns to the health warriors in Negros Occidental, food packs for the households and Mingo meals for children living below the poverty line.
NVC, a non-government organization, has been helping impoverished communities prior to the onslaught of coronavirus and it even pushed them a little further to do extra mile to help frontliners who are risking their lives more than the ordinary people, to parents who can no longer meet the needs of their family due to Covid and most especially to children who are incapable of feeding themselves without the care of their parents and those with helping hands.
As of March 31, 2020, NVC delivered 266,233 Mingo meals to children across the country and maintains a reserve of 67, 640.
They also delivered 350 food packs to households; 6,000 face shields to frontliners in Negros Occidental with 1,000 which is still a work in progress; and 2,000 hospital gowns with 2,629, which is also a work in progress.
NVC adopts transparency in all its undertakings and reported that they were able to receive donations amounting to P2,785, 580 from individuals who were kind hearted.
As the global health emergency was looming, we shipped out Mingo Meals for all the ongoing Mingo Nutrition Programs across the country so the little children under our care will definitely not go hungry till their program enrollment ends.
Kilayko said, “We continue to build reserves. It is going slower due to social distancing and alternating workforce to protect the health of our Mingo production team, but we will not allow this virus to get away and let our children go hungry.”
Furthermore, some sewers from the marginal sector were tapped to sew hospital gowns. They have volunteered their services but NVC decided to pay them at a fair salary that will help them feed their families during these trying times.
“We shared about a group of sewers who were too excited to volunteer they never expected to be paid. This group has decided to take home only 80% of the fee, setting aside the 20% for any contingency costs but hoping to give it back to us so we can continue to serve more like them,” she added.