Bolanday, Cooking For Kids was founded by Ida Arreza, an aspiring chef trained in Switzerland and Hong Kong and a former flight attendant of Cathay Pacific Airways CX Ind. 28, ’89. Our mission is to combine passion and desire to inspire and help better the lives of children in need especially those living in the streets.
Ida has been cooking for those in need since 2013 in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban as a volunteer with Art Relief Mobile Kitchen (ARMK) on behalf of Association Philippines Internationale (API), Geneva, Switzerland to which she was president from 2005-2012. From there API’s Cooking For Kids and ARMK’s Feeding the Hungry continued to Iligan City for the Marawi war refugees in 2017 to Legaspi City for the Mt. Mayon eruption evacuees in early 2018. In Manila the cooking and feeding continued in Las Pinas, Tondo, Baclaran, Alabang, Sampaloc, Marikina, and in Ida’s hometown in Madrid, Surigao del Sur.
With fellow API runner Ric Rabe, Ida ran her first full marathon in 6 and a half hours at the 2017 Lausanne Marathon running for a cause – Running For Kids, Running For Literacy.
Bolanday’s main activity is Food n’ Books, a feeding and literacy program promoting healthy body and mind in children in need. We cook free nutritious meals and provide free story and activity books to help the children learn to read with the hope that they develop a love for books, stimulating their imaginations, allowing them to dream. We envision an inspired and empowered generation of future leaders and active, engaged members of our society with strong values and principles becoming nothing less than the best of what they can be capable of making themselves.
There is a lot to be done, it has been and still is a long way. We have ambitious plans but will take them in our stride and hope to arrive at our destination in better shape and in good time.
Bolanday is indeed a journey, like a marathon – long, emotionally charged, gratifyingly exhausting. Never give up. Never give up on a good thing. Never give up on children in need.