Building Hope

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The Reliv Kalogris Foundation has completed its latest building project: a nutrition center for impoverished children in Welfareville, a depressed area in Mandaluyong City, Philippines. The Foundation raised funds for the project through last year’s annual Rally for the Mission at the 2012 Reliv International Conference.

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Through our partnership with Mount Zion Church of the Firstborn (MZCF), this building will be used for the distribution of daily Reliv shakes, two hot meals per week, choir practice, worship services, day care, life skills training and as a clinic for visiting doctors. Thanks to the generosity of Reliv Distributors, these children can look forward to a brighter future.

In Welfareville, shanties house as many as 10 family members, exposing all inhabitants to contagious diseases. Quality nutrition is in vital demand. Of the 60,000 people that live in Welfareville, only 160 children benefit from our program. With your help we hope to add to that number in the years to come. Learn more.

RKF Chairman R. Scott Montgomery hands out cups of Reliv Now® for Kids to needy children. For many of them, this life-giving nutrition is the only way they recognize the care and concern of others. The three-story RFK Nutrition Center stands as a symbol of hope while providing needy children with the nourishment they need. Welfareville is made up of shanties covering approximately 250 acres with the skyscrapers of downtown Manila as their backdrop.

Himig Pag-asa Children’s Choir performed songs of hope and joy at the building dedication ceremony. These children are thriving with better health and social activity. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new nutrition center took place in May. Reliv staff members Shannon Jurenka, Reggie Ament and Scott Montgomery were on hand to celebrate the event. The group from Reliv headquarters was greeted by a parade of children carrying signs of gratitude.

 

Be Kind to Humankind, Part 3

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In our third and final installment celebrating Be Kind to Humankind Week, we’re taking a look at the amazing work the Reliv Kalogris Foundation does here in the United States and the ways you can get involved.

The Reliv Kalogris Foundation’s mission to Nourish Our World doesn’t just international needs, but also includes our efforts in providing nutrition to organizations in the United States. Our Distributors have identified groups in their own communities who are in need of a good nutrition program, and it is through these referrals that we continue to expand our support. If you know of or are involved with such an organization that might be a good fit, please fill out an application for a U.S. Program.

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Take a look at two of our current US Programs and see what a difference we are making in the lives of the recipients:

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Our international programs continue to flourish and in 2012 we had the addition of a new clinic and a commitment for a new nutrition center, both located in the Philippines. Such projects enable our volunteers to provide a clean and safe environment for their daily feedings and utilize the buildings for additional services they are able to offer to their community. The Foundation is proud to be able to provide good nutrition to the thousands of malnourished and undernourished children in its programs, and its building projects take the commitment to these children to the next level by helping them with their education, medical needs and in many cases, a place of worship. None of this work would be possible without the support of our Distributors and Donors.

Check out the Foundation’s latest building project, Welfareville, located in the Philippines.

Want to help be the change you wish to see in the world? Check out this awesome idea from the Kalogris Foundation!

Hope for a Better Tomorrow: The Reliv Kalogris Foundation

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Welfareville, a Philippine community of 60,000 squatters living on government-owned land subdivided into 42 blocks, is made up of small shanties that normally accommodate 6-10 family members. The overcrowded environment and lack of resources produce poor living conditions and an increased risk of contagious diseases. The children grow up in an atmosphere of little hope.

But right in the heart of block 37, under the direction of Pastor George and Blessie Padilla, 160 children in the Reliv Kalogris Foundation’s nutrition program are receiving a hot meal two times a week from Pastor George’s church and a daily cup of Reliv Now® for Kids from the RKF. In spite of their living conditions and daily challenges, these children show their gratitude by singing of their joy and sense of hope. Many Reliv Distributors have heard the Himig Pag-asa Children’s Choir in the Welfareville video played at the past two conferences. We are excited to announce that Welfareville is the location for our next building project.

Building a Future

Groundbreaking has already taken place for the new building that will provide a safe place for the children to receive their daily shakes. This simple three-story structure will protect the kids from the intense heat in the dry season and exposure to rain during the wet months. It will also house:

  • a daycare center to help prepare the kids for formal school
  • community activities and youth events
  • mini-clinics held by visiting doctors to provide free medical care
  • livelihood training programs for parents
  • …and a place for the choir to practice!

Amid challenges of building in such a confined space, the building is progressing and should be completed by late spring. RKF Chairman R. Scott Montgomery and Director Reggie Ament will attend the dedication in May and we will be featuring the finished building at the Reliv 25 International Conference in Orlando. This project was made possible by donations from the 2012 Rally for the Mission. To those who made their tax-deductible contributions, thank you! This annual fundraiser is much more than a morning of  entertainment at conference; it is also a means to provide a safe and healthy environment for another group of Reliv Kids. See you at this year’s Rally in Orlando!

Love in Action: The Reliv Kalogris Foundation

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The Reliv Kalogris Foundation is so close to our hearts. We are literally changing lives in Haiti and around the world. It’s love in action. My family has always believed that because we are given much, we are expected to do much for others. The moment we heard about Reliv, we were blessed, and we have an obligation to share these wonderful products with
the world. Continue reading “Love in Action: The Reliv Kalogris Foundation”