Deep in the heart of one of Manila’s most hazardous slums, our new children’s outreach center is shining the light brightly into the darkness of child labor and malnutrition. Situated on the edge of a huge city landfill, the Payatas colony is a living nightmare where children play in contaminated drainage and are working in unthinkable, hazardous conditions as young as age 5.
At our “Children’s Hope Center of Manila”, we’re offering families an alternative to child labor. We’re offering nutritious fresh-cooked meals, clean water, hygiene lessons, free hygiene supplies, games and “vacation bible school” activities, and classes on basic computer skills for the children.
The program also offers these children educational support—providing everything they need to enroll in school—uniforms, book bags, school supplies, etc. Not only giving out the supplies but, as needed, walking the parents through the process to make sure the child is properly enrolled in school, with follow-up, tutoring services, and ongoing nutrition support. As we help the parents realize the greater benefit that an educated, happy and healthy child will bring to their family, we’re providing a viable alternative to child labor.