Scavenger in Lockdown
When you live hand to mouth all the time - when your food may consist only of waste that has been brought home from the dumpsite and nothing is in the cupboard - Lockdown brings a completely new dimension. COVID-19 have wrought havoc all across the globe and for our communities around the dumpsites it has been devastating. The restrictions have been draconian, families are not allowed out of their shelters, they cannot scavenge, the dumpsite is closed to them, there is no money and no food. Children of the Dump have responded with an emergency food programme and 170 families received regular food parcels to keep them alive while they cannot scavenge.
Education is our core mission and the pandemic has brought huge challenge. No face to face teaching is allowed until a vaccine is available, classes are conducted online. But when you have no internet access or devices that proves impossible. Our teachers have devised paper based lessons and some online offers with donated devices being shared among families. Every penny is dedicated to keeping these children learning and developing safely and healthily. Please let a vaccine come soon.
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 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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