Roots to Shoots (RTS), a collaborative health and nutrition program among Pilipinas Shell Foundation (PSFI), World Vision Philippines (WV), and Manila Water Foundation (MWF), marks its second year of interventions in Bombon and Pasacao, Camarines Sur.
The WASH component of RTS led by Manila Water Foundation launches the sanitation phase of intervention, where toilet facilities will be constructed for beneficiaries enrolled in the RTS program. These are families of children who have shown wasted or stunted growth and do not have their own facilities.
Target communities include the coastal areas of Pasacao, specifically Barangays Dalupaon, Caranan and Balogo. These barangays have the most number of cases of stunting and wasting in the municipality, based on the recent Operation Timbang results conducted by the Rural Health Unit of Pasacao.
As it begins the sanitation phase, RTS distributed personal and home care products from partner Lamoiyan Corporation on April 30. Lamoiyan products, namely Hapee toothpaste, Dewdrops hand sanitizers, Licealiz shampoo and Dazz dishwashing liquid, will be given to partner Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) to help encourage mothers on proper hygiene, which complements good nutrition. These can also be used during the mother and child care sessions where mothers are taught recipes that make use of affordable, readily available and highly nutritious ingredients. It also complements the new kitchen cabinets, recently donated by World Vision to each barangay.
Currently, RTS is pushing for nominations for potential beneficiaries and alignment with the local government's sanitation programs to achieve a Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) Pasacao by 2025.
RTS is a multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral initiative aimed at nurturing and transforming human potential by fostering the right conditions for child development especially in its earliest stages. It is composed of three components: mother and child care (MCC), farming and sustainable livelihood (FSL) and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).