WE International Philippines seeks to provide ways for people to respond to poverty and injustice in the Philippines by facilitating economic development through education projects, micro lending, and sustainable business development services. WE welcome your ideas and your partnership in creating a brighter future for the Philippines.
In developing countries like the Philippines, children are often the victims of extreme poverty. Many families in areas like Smokey Mountain, Tondo, Manila are unable to provide for their basic daily needs. The result is that children are often malnourished and are deprived of access to education. They are then forced into the vicious cycle of poverty that continues to plague these communities.
Many families residing in the Smokey Mountain garbage dump area struggle every day to survive by collecting recyclable items from the trash that surrounds them. Glass, metal, paper and plastic are collected on a daily basis by both adult and child scavengers who sell these items to middle men, who in turn sell them at a higher price to recycling factories. This meager daily income is often the family’s only source of revenue.
As the family comes to depend on the additional income generated from their children’s scavenging, these children are subsequently denied the opportunity to attend school. The deterrent to educational access is compounded by the fact that, although local public schools are tuition-free, many families are still unable to provide for the cost of their children’s basic school supplies and project materials, uniforms, books, food, and transportation.
WHAT WE ARE DOING & HOW YOU CAN HELP
WE International Philippines, and its collaborating partners, aim to provide a holistic approach to reversing the cycle of poverty in the Philippines. You can help by donating funds, sponsoring a student, volunteering to tutor, conducting a skill-specific workshop, donating school supplies, clothes, books, or computer equipment, or assisting in planning fundraising events. WE invite you to join us in making a difference!
To learn more about our projects and how YOU can help, please contact us through our contact page