New Cashew Tree School is open for students
Our new building for Cashew Tree School serving the children from Payatas and San Isidro Rubbish Dump communities is complete and has three classes operating. Providing a firm educational foundation creating students in demand instead of automatic failures.
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Visit to San Isidro scavenger families
Believe it or not - this is a family home. . A community has grown around San Isidro, following the rubbish. The population has exploded and the conditions are atrocious. There is no electricity, no fresh water and for the majority, no access to a toilet. We visited the family of AJ, she has been in our Mango Tree residential home for 4 years after her family situation made her unsafe. She is bright, articulate, able to translate from Tagalog to English impeccably and has a determination to succeed through hard work. Her Mum scavenges plastic, bringing it home for AJs siblings to help sort and clean it. We met Mum with her new baby and an older sister. All the siblings have dropped out of school, they cant afford it and have to work to bring in some money. This contrast of AJ to her siblings was so stark, she has a chance to step out of poverty, her siblings have no hope at all except that which is vested in AJ. The environment was foul, the pathway was ankle deep in slime if you missed your footing on the odd pieces of wood that paved the way. There was rubbish everywhere, the stench rancid and overpowering. Homes are built from and on the rubbish; it forms the children’s playground, and their toys are found in it. We were there for half an hour but for the family, this is a life sentence until maybe AJ makes good and helps her family out of their poverty trap. For AJ, the charity is offering her the opportunity to succeed through education and she is grabbing it with both hands.
New video released for Children of the Dump.
Go to link or see in our media section on Work for Goodhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsCx4QuLYTU&feature=youtu.be