Saturday, November 22, 2008

Christmas For Payatas

In the landfill of Payatas, the smoking dump site has grown to become a stark and heart-tugging reminder of the desperate conditions of humanity. Everyday adults and children as young as 4 years old are forced to pick through newly arrived garbage to collect material to sell. Which at the end of the day,material sold off are still not enough to even buy food for the day.

On 10 July 2000, after a period of heavy rain, a trashslide occurred in the Payatas dump claiming over 200 lives, including many children. The tragic victims were the scavengers and sorters at the dump site and those living in the nearby shanties. While the authorities instituted better management of the site after the tragedy, many continue to depend on scavenging as it is their only means of livelihood.

Organisations such as The Lighthouse Center For Children Foundation, run by Judge Lorenzo B. Veneracion who operate a much-needed charity project to alleviate the sufferings and to help reduce their dependence on scavenging as a livelihood.

So please visit Christmas For Payatas and give some donations to those people and young children living at Payatas.

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