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DIY Soylent wants to feed a malnourished school of Philippine indigenous children

Posted: Wed, June 11, 2014 | By: Philippines

by Hank Pellissier

Can DIY-Soylent cure the pangs of World Hunger? Can the alchemists of future food collect sufficient funds to fill the bellies of malnourished children? believes YES. On June 11, they launched a crowdfunding campaign - their ambition is to ship calories to The Philippines, to satiate young students at San Lorenzo Ruiz Academy.

Recipients are the Alangyan Mangyan, an indigenous tribe in the mountain jungles of Mindoro island. Malnourished, isolated, largely illiterate, with parasitical worms, tuberculosis, diarrhea, measles, no clean water and no sewage systems, the Alangyan Mangyan are “the poorest of the poor” - earning an average of $30/month.

San Lorenzo Ruiz Academy is a “reservation school” that provides K-8 education to 140 children. Student family members dwell on the school property, elevating the population to 300. Mangyan subsist here on root crops, snails, rats, insects, fruit, and neighbor’s rice left over on stalks after harvests. To squelch their hunger they chew betel nut, an addictive substance that stains teeth black and leads to oral cancer.

Mangyan woman chewing betel nuts
Mangyan woman chewing betel nuts

Half of the Mangyan children were recently “de-wormed” via medicine provided by funds from the Brighter Brains Institute, a SFBay think-and-do tank. Brighter Brains also sponsors 35 of the children at the school; it pays the teacher salary and provides a daily lunch. The think-and-do tank requested DIY Soylent for the pupils. aims to fill the childrens’s tummies with a rescue package, blended for free by DIY-Soylent producers. Will the Mangyan children swallow the Soylent regularly, and declare it tasty? Director Sally Melendres assures that they will, in the email below:

Hello Aleh,

I’m Sally from the foothills of Mount Halcon, Im very happy to know you and your great support to our “Mangyan” children. Please accept our sincerest thanks and gratitude in advance! Your work to feed and make our children healthy is truly great!!!

I will explain very well with our Mangyan brothers and children the good effects of Soylent in achieving good health. The whole community is one with us on our campaign towards making them a healthy community. Please be assured that they will love to take DIYSoylent daily.

God bless you.. for your great works!

Very gratefully,



Your generosity can save the lives and health of children, and demonstrate the world-changing potential of Soylent.

Material costs and postage for the 2+ ton cargo is needed - Donate via the Button found at the bottom of THIS PAGE.

P.S. has helped to promote this effort (thank you, Peter Rothman) via their beautifully-designed new website. The Mormon Transhumanist Association has already contributed cold, hard, valuable CA$H - thanks again Lincoln Cannon! The great new futurist sites and Wave Chronicle, are also supporting the effort (thank you Gray Scott, Kevin Russell, and Mike Dodd).

Material costs and postage for the cargo is needed - Donate via the Button found at the bottom of THIS PAGE.


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