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Poverty
is one of the most prevalent issues, not just in the Philippines but also
worldwide. It is not just about being unable to earn money to buy food, but
poverty affects different aspects of life. Poverty affects education to the
point that the child’s background or the social stratification of a person has
an impact on their educational achievement. “Adequate nutrition is essential in
early childhood to ensure healthy growth, proper organ formation and function,
a strong immune system, and neurological and cognitive development.” (Save the
Children, n.d) Another one is the development of a child; whereas, the child
must undergo mental, social and physical changes. Thus, poverty hinders these
developments.

            Above these all, child malnutrition is a widespread in
every community here in the Philippines. It is a major human difficulty.
“Adequate nutrition is essential in early childhood to ensure healthy growth,
proper organ formation and function, a strong immune system, and neurological
and cognitive development.” (World Health Organization, 2012) Insufficient
supply of food affects the children’s proper health formation resulting to
Child Malnutrition and as an indicator of poverty.

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            According to United Nations Children’s Fund Philippines
(UNICEF), there are an immense number of undernourished or malnourished
Filipino children: an estimated of 3.6 million children in the age range of
0-59 months are underweight and almost 4 million children are stunted. These
children are not affected just because of being unable to feast on healthy
food. Environment and surrounding also affects their development and health.
Poor access to health services is one of the problem, hereby, makes the
children unsanitary and unhealthy. “The poor especially often suffer from a
basic lack of protein and energy, the adverse health effects of which are
frequently compounded by deficiencies in micronutrients, particularly iodine,
iron, vitamin A and zinc.” (World Health Organization, 2000)

            Poverty affects economic status of a person that may
influence their lifestyles. “According to UNICEF, an estimated 100 million
children worldwide live at least part of their time on the streets. In the
Philippines, a government report in 1998 put the figure at 1.2 million street
children—about 70,000 of them in Metro Manila alone.” (Solidarity Philippines
Australia Network, 2005) Street children are a widespread in every community.
Some of them work in the streets to help their family earn money to buy food,
which tackles another social problem which is the child labour. There are
dangers that the children might encounter while they are on the streets. Here
comes the idea of begging money for food, exploiting their selves and engaging
to different field work that might affect their health.

            However, the community could not eradicate child
malnutrition immediately but somehow reduce the rate of malnourished children
in every community by having an outreach program. Its main purpose is to give
the students opportunity to take a glimpse of child malnutrition in a community
and be able to take and make a move regarding the said issue. Another purpose
of the program is to be able to help the less fortunate family by feeding the
children and including the small seminar for their parents. The seminar is
about poverty and how does it affects their children’s development and
different aspects.