NVC Foundation manufactures Mingo, a nutritious, instant food powder that turns into a rich porridge when mixed with water. Mingo’s power ingredients? Moringa (malunggay in Filipino), rice, and mung beans (mongo). It is the staple item in our 6-month nutrition program, Mingo Feeding Program, which provides Mingo daily to children aged 6-30 months in deprived communities, giving them the nutrients needed for optimal growth and development.
Because of its convenience and nutritional value, Mingo has also gained popularity as emergency food in disaster relief operations and has been used to feed victims of disasters in the Philippines. Mingo is now also used for long-term relief.
NVC targets undernourished infants, toddlers and young children during the vulnerable period of early growth. The children of fishermen beneficiaries under The Peter Project are also given Mingo.
Mingo is also used as emergency food for evacuees and victims of disasters, calamities, and conflict all over the Philippines.
MINGO FEEDING PROGRAM
NVC designed and implemented a 6-month feeding program — Mingo Feeding Program — to provide complementary food to children aged 6–30 months in deprived communities and Peter Project fishing communities.
Program recipients in each community are carefully screened to ensure that the babies come from families in need, and that breastfeeding is practiced by the mothers whenever applicable.
For six months, each child receives a daily 20-gram sachet of Mingo to boost his or her nutritional intake for the day. As opposed to other feeding programs that require children to come to a center, mothers feed their children Mingo at home, making it easier to comply with the daily feeding requirement.
RATIONALE FOR EARLY CHILD FEEDING
“Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five — 3.1 million children each year,” according to the World Food Programme. The World Health Organization’s Report for the Global Consultation on Complementary Feeding adds that from six months onwards, breast milk alone is no longer sufficient to meet the needs of the growing child. Nutritional deficits in babies from 6-18 months can cause stunting, poor school performance, reduced productivity and social development that will continue throughout their lives. Deficits acquired at this age are difficult to correct later in childhood.
Time magazine also reported on February 21, 2011 that the quality of nutrition contributed to higher IQs in children below age 3. After this age, however, intelligence scores could not be changed with improved diets. This was based on a study of British children.
A 2013 study on maternal and child nutrition also revealed that being chronically malnourished negatively affects a child’s future income. On the other hand, $1 spent to reduce stunting in a child generates about $18 in future economic returns.
Most of the feeding programs undertaken by both government and non-government organizations focus on children aged of 2 ½ years and older, when they are already in day care or elementary school. NVC Foundation fills a gap by focusing on the nutritional support requirements of infants and toddlers.
IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING
The NVC protocol involves home-based feeding and maternal education. Although the implementation of home feeding has more logistical considerations, its results are significantly better than that of the center-based feeding program–presumably because mothers may not be able, for various reasons, to bring their children to the center daily.
Children who are enrolled in the program are weighed every two weeks for the first three months, and once a month for the third to sixth month to monitor their development.
Mingo is manufactured in an NVC-managed production plant in Bacolod City, Philippines. We use equipment provided by the Department of Science and Technology and other donors. Whenever you donate or order Mingo, you’re also providing its manufacturers with a source of livelihood aside from helping to feed children.
Raw materials of the Production Plant are sourced from small farmers organizations and their growing areas are regularly visited and monitored .
FEED A CHILD
You can sponsor one child throughout the 6-month or 12-month nutrition program and the amount covers one Mingo meal a day as well as associated logistical costs.
Cost of donation:
Php 2,500 / child for 6 months
Php 5,000 / child for 12 months
WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS OF MINGO?
Mingo is made of power food that is easily accessible in the Philippines: moringga (known in Filipino as malunggay), rice, and mung beans (mongo in Filipino). It provides provides protein, fat, vitamins A, C, B1, B6, potassium, iron, calcium and zinc.
WHAT ARE THE AVAILABLE FLAVORS?
Mingo comes in natural, chocolate and calamansi flavors.
CAN WE ORDER MINGO FOR OUR OWN FEEDING PROGRAM OR RELIEF OPERATIONS?
If you wish to purchase Mingo for feeding programs or relief operations that you or your organization manage, please write us for arrangements to purchase and ship Mingo directly to you.