Children's Health-Education Fund Foundation (CHEF) 
           Tax-exempt corp. under 501(c)(3) of Internal Rev. code
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CHEF stands for Children's Health-Education Fund foundation. It is organized under the nonprofit public benefit corporation whose main purpose is charitable. It is a California non-profit and tax-exempt corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.


It started as a simple act of kindness on the part of Mr. Juvenal C. Castro. In one of his trips back to his hometown of Paniqui, Tarlac, he saw the tremendous need of poor children who lack the basic necessity of life such as clothes, shoes, food and books to mention just a few. Upon arriving in the U.S., he thought of sending books to Paniqui to benefit the different schools, both public and private. It is not an overstatement to say that the schools over there do not have the means to provide books for their students.

Through hard work and sheer determination, friends and co-workers in San Jose helped Mr. Castro collect, pack and ship books and before they knew it, tons and tons of books were delivered not only to Paniqui and its surrounding areas but also to different regions such as Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Nueva Vizcaya, and Kidapawan City in Mindanao. The response of the schools who were recipients of these books were amazing as evidenced by the many letters received, expressing their appreciation and gratefulness. But like any successful undertaking, there were hurdles to meet and problems to solve. The shipping of books is done by containerization and its not cheap. As a matter of fact, Mr. Castro used his own money to defray most of the expenses incurred in the shipment of books.

It is at this point that the thought of forming a foundation came into being. Juven thought that if he only could form a foundation, perhaps he could help more kids.

I cannot go on talking about the history of CHEF Foundation without mentioning our own love story because the two are intertwined.

So after we reconnected in June 2009, he asked me if I was interested in helping him form a foundation. It was totally a new ball game for me. I did not know where to start. I began reading the Nolo book on how to go about forming a non-profit public benefit corporation. I wrote the Secretary of State in Sacramento and in September 1, 2009, we were incorporated. We chose the name CHEF because it brings back memories, Juven being a CHEF, his line of specialty in the US Navy and myself a registered dietitian. However in reality, the meaning of CHEF has nothing to do with food service but it is about children`s health and their education. After our bylaws were written, I submitted form 1023 to the IRS for the 501(c)(3) approval. We were married February 13, 2010 and two months later we received the letter of determination from the IRS on April 30,2010. Right away we started the solicitation campaign by mailing letters to our friends and relatives. By the middle of June, checks and contributions started coming in.

So here we are!! CHEF foundation is your Foundation.



The mission of CHEF is to improve the well-being of indigent but deserving children of the Philippines so that they may become productive members of society. This is accomplished by awarding needy children with financial assistance to pay for tuition fees, books, back packs, notebooks, pens , pencils, etc. Also libraries and reading centers were opened to house donated books, computers, laptops, and instructional materials. In addition medical and dental assistance were provided through the combined efforts of local doctors and dentists with CHEF foundation.


CHEF Vision for the future is to establish a steady funding from donors whose hearts are touched by the need of indigent children; income through fund raising of various kind and through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).


The Goals of CHEF is to encourage scholars in the college level to take short vocational courses that can easily land them a job. The purpose here is to equip young men and women to be productive by learning a trade such as hair and beauty science, poultry and hog raising, welding, painting and automotive technology,etc.





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