Kan-anan ni Niño Feeding Program


The Project

The “Kan-anan ni Niño” Soup Kitchen & Drop-in Center for the Needy is a community service project provided by Santo Nino de Cebu Augustinian Social Development Foundation, Inc. (SNAF) for the homeless families in the vicinity of the Basilica del Sto. Nino. It offers a hot supper meal free-of-charge and bath with washing once a week. The guests will also be engaged in values formation, sports camp, skills trainings, tutorials and other developmental or capacity building activities. It will also offer case management and referral services as needed. To promote self-reliance and care for the environment, the bath and wash will be availed through exchange of plastic scraps.

Under SNAF’s Children and Family program, the project has goals of enhancing opportunities of children and families for their holistic development. The soup kitchen’s guests are envisaged to become possible beneficiaries/partners of SNAF’s planned climate smart shelter and livelihood projects. Those guests who are willing to give up life in the city and live through organic farming.


Project Objectives

The project’s general objective is to achieve a better quality of life for the homeless families, older persons and children within the vicinity of the Basilica del Santo Nino.

Its specific objectives are as follows:

  1. To nourish the homeless guests of the soup kitchen and drop-in center for their basic need of food by providing a hot and nutritious supper meal, once a week to a target of 100 participants, free of charge.
  2. To maintain the health of the guests through hygienic practices and care for the environment though a shower and laundry facility, once a week with plastic scrap exchange-deal.
  3. To build the capacities of this community of people by sharing the love of the Holy Child through values formation, life skills, tutorials and other developmental activities.
  4. To sustain opportunities of guests through referral services and opportunities for school, skills development, shelter and livelihoods.


Services and Programs

To achieve its objectives, the “Kan-anan sa Niño” Soup Kitchen & Drop-in Center for the Needy Homeless Children & Families offers the following services:

1. Hot and Nutritious Meal

Guests of the kitchen will be offered hot and nutritious meal preferably supper for their sustenance. This is free of charge to identified homeless children and families.

2. Shower and Laundry Services

Shower and laundry services will be provided once a week on a scrap exchange-deal. Depending on availability, surplus clothes and hygiene kits will also be given to guests on the same scheme of ex-deal with scrap.

3. Capacity Development Camps

The soup kitchen and drop-in center will also offer capacity enhancement programs to its guests. To be offered are age-appropriate values formation sessions, life skills, tutorials and other developmental activities meant to enhance or even to harness their capabilities.


Project Strategies

Night Walk – one of the strategies in knowing the needs of the target guests of the soup kitchen is to adapt the Night-Walk where we will journey with them at nighttime starting at around 6 to 9 p.m. when most of them occupy their spaces and occupations.

Case Management – the individual needs of the kitchen guests will be taken into consideration when identifying interventions to help them solve their problems in social functioning. The Client Intake Form will be used as a tool for referrals and case management.

Participation – guests will be part of the whole process of development. They will be involved in organizing the meals and other services. Potential leaders will be identified among them to help facilitate the activities.

Get involved

The Augustinians and the Kinatarcan Island Mission


Kinatarcan Island Profile

Kinatarcan Island, also known as Guintacan, Island is an island of the Municipality of Sante Fe located at the southern part of the Visayan Sea nearest to the island of Bantayan, Cebu. It is one of the Bantayan group of islands. As to the ecclesial jurisdiction, it belongs to the Catholic Church Sto. Niño Parish of the said town.

It can be reached from the municipality of Daanbantayan, 136 kilometers from Cebu City. Kinatarcan island has three barangays, Bitoon, Hagdan and Langub which are connected with each other by a circumferential road. Being a small island, it will take around two hours to finish walking the entire stretch of the road. Its total land area is 10.6 square kilometer. It is 16 kilometers away from mailand Sta. Fe and 11.5 kilometers from Daanbantayan municipality.Public transportation within the island is through motorcycles (called habal-habal) which travel through the circumferential road. Travel from the island to the mainland becomes difficult during bad weather.

Kinatarcan has approximately 1,600 household or around 9,500 residents. A study done by A2D Project in the first quarter of 2014 revealed that 41.2% of the residents are engaged in fishing while 36.3% are into farming. The other source of income varies from formal/informal work, livestock raising, marine culture, sea weed farming, among others. As the residents rely primarily on fishing and farming for income and daily sustenance, meaning, they depend on the island’s natural resources for food. However, many parts of the island are still uncultivated and unfarmed while the seas are overfished. In response, SNAF has introduced organic backyard gardening that eventually, in the long-term, will provide a sustained supply of organic produce in the island, and commercially, additional income for the farmers.

The Augustinian Ministry

It was in the year 2008 that a certain Maria Elvira Paglinawan Kessler donated a portion of her property in the island with the condition to establish a pastoral work there. The Augustinian Province of Santo Niño de Cebu accepted the offer through the leadership of Rev. Fr. Eusebio B. Berdon, OSA, the Prior Provincial during that time. The Kinatarcan missionary work then commenced with the approval of the late Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, the then Archbishop of Cebu, and later on, same approval was confirmed by Archbishop Jose S. Palma, D.D. The Augustinian ministry is more of a chaplaincy and its directly reporting to the Catholic parish of Sta. Fe, Cebu. Our ministry includes the celebration of the Eucharist and other sacraments. Catechetical instructions are usually integrated in our community organizing sessions.

The major faith denominations in the island are well represented in the dominant denominations present in the three baranggays: the Roman Catholic in Hagdan, the Iglesia Filipino Independent (IFI or Aglipayans) in Bitoon and the Seventh-day Adventist(SDA) in Langub. Iglesia ni Cristo. Born-again groups form part of the minor faith-denominations. A survey conducted in 2014 revealed that among the inhabitants in the island the Roman Catholics comprised the 56.6 %, 29.9% for the IFI, and 7.4 % for the SDA.

The Post-Haiyan Efforts and the KID Plan

In the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in November 8, 2013, SNAF has been active in the relief and rehabilitation of Kinatarcan island that was also severely affected. Most of the houses, public infrastructure, agriculture and fishing boats and equipment were damaged. With the assistance of several non-government organizations, funding agencies and solidarity groups and benefactors here and abroad, houses have been rebuilt, buildings and schools constructed and repaired, fishing industry revived, and livelihood programs provided to the people.

With the active participation of the residents and NGOs working in the development of the island, the SNAF has initiated the Kinatarcan Island Integrated Development (KID) Plan. The Plan envisions that the Kinatarcan Island community will attain an enabling environment for sustainable growth with emphasis on improving the quality of individual and community living conditions through diversifying livelihood options, ecosystems rehabilitation, biodiversity conservation, and addressing the socio-economic issues on food security, water scarcity, and access to energy, infrastructural services, education, and health care.

It was in 2015 that the Kinatarcan Island Development Plan (KID Plan) was undertaken primarily to address the gaps and challenges in recovery and rehabilitation in the island. SNAF partnered with different agencies both from the government and non-government organizations. SNAF’s leading or primary partner was the Southern Partners and Fair Trade Center, Inc. (SPFTC). Up until now, SPFTC has a big role in the implementation of the KID Plan, most specially in the development and market access of the products of the island.

The Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE) recognized the importance of the post-Yolanda ecosystems rehabilitation for a disaster resilient and sustainable island community. It funded the conduct of Baseline Data Gathering and Ecosystem Damage Assessment, the essential components for the island-wide integrated development planning. Then, to commence the planning, the Kinatarcan Community Summit was held, where the data from the surveys were taken as primary references. During the summit, the local and provincial leaders (captains, the mayor, the governor through the Provincail Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), the three major faith-based denominations (IFI, SDA, RC though the Order of Saint Augustine (OSA) of the Roman Catholic Church), SouthernPartners and Fair Trade Center,Inc., and Alternative to Development Project, Inc. (A2D) collaboratively united their effort to craft a comprehensive and integrated development plan. Special components of the plan included DRR and CCA through risk assessment and planning workshops.

Out of the result of the KID Plan, the Kinatarcan Sustainable Integrated Area Development(KSIAD) Project was born. Personally chosen as a loving project by Ms. Gina Lopez through the funds from ABS-CSB Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc., KSIAD aims at providing assistance to Kinatarkan Island for its recovery, rehabilitation and resilience-building. SPFTC is taking on the lead along with SNAF in the implementation of the project. Since it is a community-based undertaking, a people’s organization in the island is the direct beneficiary, thus, the HAKILAPO (Hagdan, Kinatarcan, Langud People’s Organization), is born. This project is a living testimony that a community development undertaking is possible as long as people with hearts of gold will join their forces for one common cause. Thanks to the efforts offered by the Local Government Unit and other government agencies (DOT, DOST, TESDA), the United Architects-Metro Cebu Chapter and other volunteer engineers KSAID.

Get involved

Balay Bao Safer Shelter Project

Project Rationale

Thousands of homes were destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda.

Unknown to many, however, one of the communities severely affected was Kinatarcan Island, which lie in the direct path of the storm in Northernmost tip of Cebu. As a result, the fishing community was battered by four-meter storm surges and gale winds of up to 315 kph.

Miraculously, there was no fatality in the island. Still, the resiliency of the Kinatarcanons will be tested in the days that followed with heavy rains and sluggish government interventions.

Local and international humanitarian aid groups provided tents and emergency shelters even as some engaged in repairing homes for the typhoon survivors.

Three years later, shelter projects in the island remain seemingly stuck on the same pragmatism. In this period that requires greater “disaster risk reduction” and preparedness, the universal clarion call for “Building Back Better” must be answered.

Project Description

The “Safer Shelter” project is the Philippine Augustinian’s response to the Build-Back-Better campaign of international humanitarian aid groups engaged in the rehabilitation assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. It is a shift from the short-term emergency-shelter framework to long-term sustainable safer-home paradigm that is humane and adaptive to local weather climes. It addresses the peculiarity of needs of families and communities devastated by Yolanda, especially in the Augustinian mission area of Kinatarcan Island

The Safer Shelter project showcases the Balay Bao housing model, a resilient house ingeniously-designed by the Philippine Augustinians as next generation proto-type of Safer Shelters for its disaster-prone Mission Territories. Aside from better structural stability, Balay Bao also provides indoor sanctuaries (life corners) against storm surges, tsunamis, and earthquakes.

Safety did not give up on comfort as Balay Bao remains adaptive to shifting tropical weather. By tapping on indigenous technology, Balay Bao keeps the interior cool and serves as an oasis from blazing sun and parched sand in the height of El Nino Phenomenon in Kinatarcan Island.

Its defining feature is its dome canopy that renders it virtually impervious to the elements, much like the lowly and self-effacing turtle from which it got its name.

Project Components
  • The shelter is complimented with a clay-molded tank in which rainwater is funneled and stored for household uses.
  • Separate room for children.
  • Life Corners in times of hazards
Expected Outcome

The Safer Shelter with Rainwater Tank Project provides three housing units that are humane sanctuaries from most common, nature-born hazards in islandic climes. It supports not only lives, but also existing livestock and organic garden.

Project Objective

With a safer haven, recipients could spend more time in self-empowering, socially-engaging and economically-alleviating endeavors.

Get involved