There are about 7 million children across the Philippines who are currently experiencing hunger and malnutrition—a sad reality amidst macro-economic stability. According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) National Nutrition Survey in 2015, 19.9% of children from 0-60 months are underweight—making it unlikely for the Philippines to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing underweight prevalence by 50% from the baseline of 27.3% in 1989. The thinness or wasting of children increased to 7.9% and stunting was 30.3% a drop from 33.6 percent in 2011.
For the 5-10 age group, underweight prevalence was higher at 29.1% and stunting at 29.9% while wasting or thinning is higher than younger age group at 8.6% or 3.8 m stunted children and 7.1% or 807,057 thin children. Based on these trends, the government encourages more focused interventions to address the persistent nutrition problems such as childhood underweight, stunting and thinning or wasting. This is a public health problem that impacts school attendance and performance of children in schools. With the poor health quality of most of our children, the nation’s future productivity is also at stake. APPEND seeks to arrest malnutrition and stunting among our Filipino children by regularly conducting medical missions, training the parents on health and sanitation practices and providing vitamins to children to better prepare them to build a good future. APPEND believes that having healthy young citizens is a prerequisite for a prosperous Philippines.
More than 26 million Filipinos remain poor with almost half or a little more than 12 million living in extreme poverty and lacking the means to feed themselves.
APPEND Incorporated or the Alliance of Philippine Partners in Enterprise Development Inc., commits to help eradicate poverty in the Philippines and to promote national transformation by contributing to the growth and development of God-fearing, socially-responsible micro- and small entrepreneurs.
The micro-entrepreneurs serve as the backbone of the Philippine economy especially when their number is large enough to impact the scale of small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). MSMEs contributes to almost 61.6% of the total jobs generated by all types of business establishments. This shows that this sector is the largest source of income for disadvantaged communities. Thus, for the past 27 years, APPEND has been serving the poor micro-entrepreneurs with capital to start or expand their family businesses or micro-enterprises, provide business development & marketing services, savings facilities, educational assistance, water, health and sanitation (WASH) program , financial literacy and micro-insurance, values formation program, leadership training, and training sessions on environment care.
APPEND is a non-stock, non-profit, charitable, educational, social welfare development and civic service corporation under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines. From a reach of 30,000 micro- entrepreneurs, APPEND has helped more than 5 million poor people — assisting them attain better lives and escape poverty, by creating opportunities for them to use their God-given abilities to make wealth.