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The Prem Rawat Foundation Gives Food Aid to Typhoon Victims in Philippines

Friday, November 20, 2009 General News J E 4
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Grant provides hot food to 150 children under 5 for six months

MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) has given a grant of US $15,000 to provide food for six months to 150 malnourished children under 5 years old who are victims of recent typhoons in the Rizal province in the Philippines.

The grant was made to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) for a sustainable hot meal program. The delivery of essential aid to these children comes just in time. PNRC reports that thousands of people were severely affected when multiple typhoons recently hit the Philippines, including Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana), which dumped about a month's worth of rain in 12 hours as it passed through Luzon, including Metro Manila. The deluge left 80% of the area in up to 20 feet of water, "submerging houses, washing away shanties, and turning roads into raging rivers, forcing residents to seek refuge on top of homes or cars."

PNRC has identified the need to provide basic health intervention for malnourished children under five. "Operation Timbang," which gives technical support to communities to identify malnourished children, will supplement the feeding programs of the PNRC Community Health and Nursing Services (CHNS) in the province of Rizal, where they have assessed the need to be the greatest. The hot-meal program will run for six months, and community health volunteers will regularly monitor the health of the children for the duration of the project.

Gwendolyn Pang, PNRC Secretary General, wrote, "Your generous grant will surely go a long way in supporting the affected people of the recent typhoons. Knowing that we have supporters like The Prem Rawat Foundation inspires us to perform our sworn duty."

In 2006, a donation was made by TPRF to PNRC to provide aid to survivors of the massive landslide that hit the village of Guinsaugon in eastern Philippines and buried hundreds of houses and a school packed with elementary students under four meters of mud in Southern Leyte. The donation provided nutritious food packs for two months to the 190 families living in the Catmon Evacuation Center in St. Bernard, Southern Leyte.

About The Prem Rawat Foundation

The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF), created in 2001, works to fulfill a dual purpose: bringing the message of peace of Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, to people around the world and providing essential humanitarian aid. TPRF partners with other charitable organizations to bring food, water, eye care and rapid disaster relief where it is most needed. For more information, visit: tprf.org

SOURCE The Prem Rawat Foundation
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