Along with CJFI’s global expansion is its strengthened Early Childhood and Development (ECD) programs around the world — from the remote mountainous districts in Nepal, the hard-up counties in the Appalachian mountains, to the depressed communities in Africa.
In Nepal, Children’s Joy Foundation International, Australia Ltd. (CJFIAL) in cooperation with CJF Nepal are working on long-term sustainable early childhood development programs for the marginalized and destitute families in the country’s remote districts.
CJF Nepal has already distributed hundreds of school kits to selected community elementary schools during the first semester of 2018, and in October 2018, a team representing CJFI Australia and CJFI Philippines visited the country to spearhead the distribution of school supplies for young Nepalese children from four (4) community elementary schools (Dudheshori Durga Primary School, Deurali Primary School, Parbati Primary School and Jayal Kumari Primary Schools). The kits were composed of school bags, notebooks, and other school supplies, as well as new school jackets, jogging pants, and shoes to protect them during the winter season.
This is only among the many sustainable programs that Children’s Joy Foundation International, Australia Ltd. and CJF Nepal plan to implement in the region.
In the USA, CJF USA visited the small town of Zoe in Lee County, Kentucky — one of the Appalachian counties listed as among the poorest counties in the United States — to provide assistance to the underprivileged children and their families. The beneficiaries are one of the most underprivileged Appalachian communities where families are living way below the poverty line in the “hollows” of the valleys of Kentucky.
Finishing high school in this far-flung region is very hard to achieve. Looking for a job is even more so. Majority of the families depend on the food stamps distributed by the government which they can use to exchange for food in selected stores, but in order to do so, they need to travel a long way.
Children’s Joy Foundation USA aims to implement programs in the region that will help them overcome poverty.
In Nairobi, Kenya, Children’s Joy Foundation Africa officially adopted the Gate Hill Children Centre — a school that is currently providing free education to around 200 hundred street children who cannot afford to go to school.
However, due to the lack of support and resources, the school was made from dilapidated iron sheets which are not safe for young children. CJF Africa sponsored and implemented the required renovations to make the school a safe haven for the children.
In Australia, Children’s Joy Foundation International, Australia Ltd. (CJFIAL) partnered with Cottage by the Sea — a registered children’s charity in Queenscliff, Victoria to help support disadvantaged young people.
In Canada, CJF Canada’s Breakfast and Lunch Meal Program for vulnerable children attending selected schools in British Columbia is now on its third year. The children beneficiaries come from low-income households, refugee families, single-parent homes, and households that are potentially facing a multitude of other complex problems.
Proper nutrition in young children is one of the top priorities addressed by Early Childhood Development programs. Eating a nutritious and well-balanced diet is important even for adults. It is especially critical in early childhood.
In Japan, the ”Kodomo Syokudo” (Children’s Kitchen) recently celebrated its 1st year of rendering service to poor Japanese kids who are not able to eat 3 times a day due to complex family problems. The program has gathered local Japanese volunteers and donors who help every week in preparing food for the children beneficiaries.
In the Philippines, CJFI Japan in cooperation with CJFI Philippines has adopted and renovated another Day Care Center in Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley. Due to the lack of funding, the Day Care Center is unable to maintain even the most basic repairs.
When the CJFI team visited the center, the team found a wooden pole set at the center of the room. According to the Day Care worker, she had to put that pole to prevent the ceiling from falling to the floor. CJFI Japan funded the repairs as well as the renovation of the Day Care Center’s kitchen/dining area with the help of parent volunteers.
The LGU of New Bataan has been one among the long-term recipients of CJFI’s Community Based Support Program initiatives.
Feeding programs are also being implemented in other countries such as Brazil, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Honduras, and more.
These Early Childhood Development initiatives of the different CJFI Country Offices are set to continue and strengthen this year 2019 as we aim to align our programs with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.