It may have been launched only recently, but Duterte’s Kitchen, a small eatery in Cubao which was obviously named after the country’s President Rodrigo Duterte, is already making waves and inspiring people to partake in the grand activity of feeding and educating streetchildren in the area.
The advocacy center was launched on Oct. 10 and is serving free meals to around 50 to 70 street children daily; perhaps more, as of this posting, as many people have already become involved and sharing their blessings.
It is located in a building along EDSA, across Farmer’s Plaza, and was made possible in support of the president’s national feeding program for the poor and homeless. It is run by the ruling Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), and donors and volunteers have pitched in their help.
Other than feeding children and poor elders as well, the kitchen has become a “family center” where kids are taught how to read by heartwarming volunteers, and more learning and gaming activities take place, too, as can be seen in their Facebook page.
The response to the free feeding has been so positive and talks have it that there are plans to establish more Digong Kitchens in different parts of the country.
For the meantime, the now much-loved eatery for the poor has become a haven of blessings and there is no limit to what people can share or do to make the advocacy run for as long as it can.
Want to be a part of the advocacy?
Here are five ways to help and support the initiatives of Duterte’s Kitchen.
- Teach street children how to read and write, every Monday to Friday, 6 to 8 pm.
- Teach street children how to play a musical instrument, every Monday to Friday, 6 to 8 pm
- Feed and engage with street children as they eat, 7 am to 12 noon, 1 pm to 6 pm.
- Donate in-kind, goods.
- Volunteer for work.
Do take note that Duterte’s Kitchen does not accept cash. Yes, strictly NO CASH. They only accept donations in-kind and volunteer work.
The initiative, as disclosed by IB TimesPH, is envisioned to provide a comprehensive temporary shelter for street children, where they can be provided with food, emergency medical care and basic education in the future.
If you want to become involved or share some blessings, you may contact Duterte’s Kitchen Director Dexter Araquel through this number: 09209893398, as posted on their FB page.
If you live near the area, perhaps you can drop by and see for yourself how happy the children are having Duterte’s Kitchen within their reach!