Second Harvest Japan Sends Food Relief to an NGO School in the Poorest Section of Manila
Second Harvest Japan (2HJ) provided food to the Philippine Christian Foundation (PCF) which is located in Tondo, Manila. PCF educates children and provides other services to support the families of the school children and others in the community. At their school, they provide breakfast and lunch to 450 pupils. In November 2011 Second Harvest Asia (2HA) Executive Director Yusuke Wada visited the school on the dumpsite where PCF provides services to see firsthand their operations. 2HA is in the process of founding a local food bank in the Philippines, and NGOs like PCF are important partners to develop food banking in the country.
PCF staff gave me a tour of the dumpsite on which the school was built. Next to the school was a famous dumpsite called Smokey Mountain, which since has been closed. At the current dumpsite children and adults pick through garbage for food and to make a living.
Surprisingly, there is a vibrant community in the dumpsite. People cook and sell food and children are playing in the “streets”. Because it is very muddy, most outsiders wear rain boots and the PCF staff kindly lent me a pair of boots.
People live in a make-shift house like these. You can see laundry drying on the barbed wire.
One man told me, “This is the only view of heaven I have. The only place I can ‘afford’ is in this picture.”
People at the dumpsite burn wood to make charcoals to sell. You can see a child helping adults burning wood. PCF staff told me that asthma and tuberculosis are common diseases at the dumpsite.
Children playing games. Somehow they managed to get electricity into the dumpsite and I saw a child playing a video game on the street as well. Filipinos loved to have their pictures taken and I pointed my camera they almost always made a pose.
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