No one should be eating another person's garbage, especially not children. Philippines Community Fund (PCF) is breaking the bondage of poverty for hundreds of children living in the garbage dumps in Manila through their holistic community approach to create a better and more sustainable living. Through education, supplemented by food and healthcare services, PCF intends to help a generation of children escape from the cycle of poverty to which they were born into. PCF has been working in Tondo, one of the poorest communities in Manila, helping people who no one else wanted to help, long before any other organization will even set foot in the area. By providing education, healthcare and food support, PCF have made and continues to make a huge impact on the children living in the garbage dumps. These children now have hopes and dreams like other children, to become teachers, nurses, architects, and also the means to reach these dreams.
PCF’s mission is to improve the quality of life for impoverished Filipino communities, to bring stability and realizable potential through sustainable education, nutrition, health and community advocacy programs, as well as livelihood training initiatives, regardless of religion, race or political boundaries. My series A Life Beyond the Dumps documents the living and work conditions of families in the Smokey Mountain dumpsite and the incredible work of The Philippine Community Fund (PCF) in its mission to end the relentless cycle of poverty of these Filipinos by providing food services, education, healthcare and other support services for the nearly 600 children living in the area.