In the Philippines, nearly twenty percent of the population is hungry. Poverty is demoralizing. Luckily, education is one way to end this condition. But truly, how can a hungry child learn? We are doing something about it. FEED25 is social justice project that assists the Ateneo de Manila University’s Ateneo Center of Educational Development (“ACED”) efforts to feed hungry children who attend Ateneo sponsored public schools one class at a time. www.ateneo.edu/socdev/aced.

Since 2005, we have worked with the Ateneo on high impact projects to break the cycle of poverty in the Philippines (e.g. "Clean Your Closet," a five-year program raising school supplies and toys to ACED schools from Guam, Oakland, and Phoenix schools). FEED 25 is designed by Guam's Father Duenas Memorial School ("FDMS") and Academy of Our Lady of Guam ("Academy") students with guidance provided by ACED’s coordinators. FEED 25 has three main objectives: 1) teach students how to design and implement a social justice project for other students around important social and Catholic based principles; 2) to provide donations to feed malnourished children attending ACED sponsored public schools in the Philippines and 3) to provide a FEED 25 model for other schools in our region and nationally, using our platform and our student coordinators as “teacher trainers.”

Why we do it: We want to work with a carefully designed model for changing systems that remove barriers to poverty and meaningful access to school. Given our close ties with ACED and our historical association with the Ateneo around this important social initiative, we believe we can learn how to develop systems that change communities. One barrier to learning is hunger. ACED designed and volunteer supported kitchens produce a highly nutritious meal for the cost of approximately 25 cents per meal.

Pilot Program: FDMS and Academy will pilot this program. If it is successful, we hope that our FDMS and Academy students will be “teachers of other students”

Request: Each class raise $825, which is the approximate amount to feed 25 students for 130 days (or one school year of feeding for Filipino students in our program). FDMS and Academy students will ask students to donate the costs of 1 or 2 fast food meals. All donations will be sent directly to the Ateneo de Manila. All donations will be accounted for by the Ateneo de Manila University, a trusted and internationally known institution for more than 150 years.

ABOUT FDMS & ACADEMY: www.fatherduenas.com & www.aolg.edu.gu