Cashew Tree School

ASCT Photographer Katie Higson

96Cashew Tree School, medicine opened in 1998, provides schooling for up to 200 four to six year olds. It in the heart of the community around the  massive rubbish dump called Payatas on the outskirts of Manila.

This purpose built School runs classes for the poorest children from the most disadvantaged families who exist solely by scavenging through rubbish for anything of value. Their homes are often made of salvaged scrap and built on the edge of the rubbish dump.

The School gives the children the best possible start to their educational life. Class sizes are just 30; the children are taught a well structured curriculum by qualified teachers.

The enthusiastic support of parents and children at this well-equipped and well-staffed school has created a huge demand for places. There is no similar facility for the children in the community. Parents are an integral part of the school with a rota for helping to prepare the daily meal provided for the children and supporting the learning environment in many ways.

The facility is also used for community activity such as the weekly bible classes for parents which is extremely well attended and is often the centre for medical missions run for the whole community.

All Cashew children can be sponsored with an annual report and letter sent to the sponsor.