Manila's City of Garbage
Manila is one of
the 5 poorest places in the world, with thousands of people surviving in
almost unbelievable conditions. Many live at the city’s garbage dumps.
Families build their livelihoods and homes by recycling garbage. Reed
Galin takes us to a free school that serves as a haven for the children.
(Locator: Manila, Philippines)
In the shadow of the capital of the Philippines lies a city of
Hundreds of families live in shanties and work
round the clock here, trolling the Smokey Mountain city dump for recyclables
to sell. Many suffer from skin infections and tuberculosis from living
Marlee ended up here after she lost her home in a typhoon. She has
four young children.
Marlee, Garbage Dump Resident: “The province I came from was destroyed
by the typhoon and it was so hard to find money.”
Marlee can collect enough discarded clothing to earn 100 pesos a day.
That’s about two American dollars for her family of six.
Marlee, Garbage Dump Resident: “My husband has no job.”
Near the dump, the United Methodist Church runs a free elementary
school. Here children can
escape the danger and despair of daily life while their parents
scavenge. Sixty children get a daily meal and uniforms. Education holds the key to breaking this cycle of poverty, and
parents here hope the next generation will find opportunities beyond
Children singing: “Thank you Lord for the beautiful world, for sun and the blue,
The Shalom Kindergarten, run by the United
Methodist Church, serves sixty children. It is funded by donations from
churches in the United States.
To learn more about programs in Manila, contact the
Methodist General Board of Global Ministries at
1-800-UMC-GBGM or 1-800-862-4246.
Church offers hope to Filipinos living amid garbage
Posted: November 7, 2007