La Proteccion de le Infancia, Inc. (LPDI also known as Gota de Leche) is an institution committed to helping satisfy the nutritional needs of indigent Filipino and their mothers. It was incorporated in 1907, although it became known to the public for its first and most well-known milk-feeding program, Gota de Leche, which began in 1906. The institution is the oldest non-government charity organization in the country, established by nationalists and civic-minded professionals. Presently, the institution has established 4 programs.
Below are LPDI’s current programs:
Gota de Leche
Qualified children are given monthly feeding, medical check-up by pediatricians, and milk rations for two glasses a day per child. De-worming and de-lousing treatments are planned for the year. Vegetables grown in the center garden are also distributed to families. Activities to stimulate mental development are also organized in cooperation with other organizations and institutions. Each child and authorized adult caregiver/parent is given an ID card, while individual monitoring files are updated each month.
Breast Milk and Brown Rice
Breastfeeding mothers of qualified children are given monthly rations of brown rice and monggo in order to improve their health and add nutritive value to their breast milk. Each mother is given a monthly ration of rice-monggo food supplements to add to the daily solid intake of her child. Vegetables grown in the center garden are also distributed to mothers. Children are monitored through check ups by a pediatrician during the monthly visits.
Post-disaster Relief and Nutrition Support Outreach
Through fund-raising and relief goods collection initiated by organizations and individual friends in the USA and Japan after Typhoon Yolanda devastated the Visayas , LPDI began a program that would link foreign supporters with projects to help families affected by natural disasters. With funds donated and goods shipped to Manila, and resources supplemented by LPDI, the staff was able to respond to victims by partnering with organizations and volunteers close to the affected areas.
Having been given the honor of the Gota de Leche Building being named a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum in early 2014, LPDI now has the duty to maintaining and conserving the heritage properties in its care as a legacy of the Filipino people. Apart from working with consultants and professionals who are experienced in Heritage conservation of the building, will assist LPDI in making an assessment of the condition and conservation requirements of documents, photographs and other similar materials in the possession of the LPDI.