Children of the Dump

Children of the Dump provides education, family support and loving care to deprived children living in extreme poverty on and around the Payatas and San Isidro rubbish dumps in Manila in the Philippines. Today we help care for up to about 300 children in different ways, some of whom have been neglected, abused or even abandoned. Since 1975 the supporters of Children of The Dump, along with our Filipino charity partner (ASCF), have been giving young lives the chance to escape the cycle of poverty.

FIND OUT MORE about Children of the Dump here

Please help Children of the Dump; One Donation Twice The Impact during the Christmas Big Give

Children of the Dump  is a small UK based charity that transforms the lives of children who live in slum communities around the rubbish dumps of Manila in the Philippines by ensuring that they receive the education that every child deserves.

Children live in dire poverty often helping their parents scavenge the dangerous  rubbish dumps for things to sell and for scraps of waste food to eat. Incredibly you have to pay for the privilege to get access to scavenge. And all this in year round sweltering tropical heat and monsoons.

Younger children receive direct teaching at Cashew Early Years School and a daily meal so they can concentrate. Help for older children goes to their families so that they continue in school and do not drop out to earn money for daily food. Education is their way to a better future and goes alongside a focus on Christian devotions. With over 40 years of experience the charity knows what works

The Church and congregation has been so generous in the past  but the children need your help again.

The Philippines had a harsh lockdown with people unable to go to the dumps and earn. Government still says no to face to face schooling until there is a vaccine. Children of the Dump has responded by developing at-home learning packs and encouraging on line schooling. This is difficult and expensive; these poorest of families have no technology or wifi.

We will be running a special online quiz on Thursday 3rd December at 7.30. The suggested donation for taking part is £3. More details from Matthew Sleap. All Charities have had substantial drops in income this year. In the Philippines children have not been able to attend classes since March, so the charity has supplied materials for children at home.  If you enjoy quizzing, let Matthew know and join in the fun with your friends and family members. 

But you can help and now is the best time.  ONLY during the Christmas Big Give week every online donation gets doubled by others at no extra cost to you up to our target of £14,000.

ONE DONATION TWICE THE IMPACT! The only way to take part is to use this online link  between noon on Tuesday December 1st and December 8th

History of The Dump

The Payatas dump is the largest dump in Manila, a city of 12 million people in The Philippines.

Before the Payatas dump was established over 40 yeas ago the area was The Dumpjust a barren ravine surrounded by farmland. The dump has become the largest open dump in the Philippines taking up an area of 13 hectares.

Tragedy struck in 2000 when a landslip at the Dump killed at least 260 and possibly 1,000 people. Payatas Dump was closed after this but the local inhabitants asked for it to reopen as without it they had lost their livelihoods and anyway the city had no other facilities for handling rubbish. Conditions slowly improved in the years following this. Children under 14 could no longer work on the dump, the rubbish piles at the dump were re-sloped to reduce the risks of landslides and methane extractors were brought in to stop the gas generated by organic material creating spontaneous fires on the Dump.

Despite this the site remains dangerous and especially after tropical rains the rotting garbage stinks..

Working on the Dump

The site is fenced and guarded where rubbish carts drive in to drop their loads. Scavengers pay to get daily access to the dump in the sweltering heat and they then search through the rubbish to find things trying to avoid the rats or getting cut and scratched by sharp objects.

Living on the DumpMost scavengers tend to specialise in collecting certain items such as card, glass drinks bottles or, like the Reyes in drinks bottles and other plastic. Scavengers carry their finds from the dump and sort and clean them (perhaps washing them in the dirty streams nearby) often with the children helping. This is filthy work.