SCENE CITY| Children’s Joy Foundation inaugurated

REACHING out to the greater masses of disadvantaged children in the country is the mission of the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc., which held its inauguration in Cabantian, Davao City on April 28, 2016.

 The Children’s Joy Foundation was founded by Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy, Executive Pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name in his birthplace, Davao City.

Pastor Quiboloy , who was a bit emotional as he spoke of his childhood, said there were times when he and his siblings would go to bed with an empty stomach. As a young boy, he began to hope and dream that someday, there would be no children who will go through his experience, living in poverty. When he became an evangelist and went on tour in the country, he saw the plight of poor, orphaned and neglected Filipino children. He formed the CJFI to cater to the needs of these destitute children, to uplift their lives and to make them better and productive citizens of the country.

PHOTOGRAPHY: RENE B. LUMAWAG

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THE CJFI Residential Care Center in Cabantian, Davao City

CJFI first sponsored 15 children beneficiaries from less fortunate families, making the shelter their temporary home. The foundation then expanded its services to community-based programs: feeding malnourished children, providing medical and dental services and sponsoring scholarship grants. Their parents were also given livelihood projects to help fend for their families’ needs.

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PASTOR Apollo C. Quiboloy addresses the guests, sponsors and benefactors of CJFI

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PASTOR Apollo C. Quiboloy shows the furniture in the boys’ room

The foundation provides Center-based and Community-based Support Programs that provide the children with various avenues that harness their skills and knowledge imbued with the values of God-fearing individuals, molding them into responsible and useful citizens in their communities and the nation as a whole.

Children’s Joy Foundation Canada supports the charitable activities carried out by the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. in the Philippines, ensuring child protection, welfare and development for marginal and poor Filipino children.

For its part, Dell entered into a partnership with CJFI as its Corporate Social Responsibility to pair technology with innovation to make a positive social and environmental impact that described its building a Legacy of Good. Dell’s Powering the Possible for Youth Learning initiative helps children gain the skills to prepare them for school, work and life, maximizing their learning ability through technology access and increasing their potentials in a highly technological global world.

From Metro Davao, the foundation expanded its reach to Metro Manila where the second Residential Center in Project 8, Quezon City was established. From there, CJFI expanded in Pampanga, Laguna and Cavite, then to areas in the Visayas including an action center based in Typhoon Haiyan-hit Tacloban City and a residential center in Cebu City.

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