Who we are
Children of the Dump has worked in the Philippines since 1975, providing loving care, family support and education to hundreds of deprived children, many living in extreme poverty on the Payatas rubbish dump in Metro Manila. We currently have over 300 children in our care, some of whom have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Children of the Dump offers these children the chance to escape the cycle of poverty through education.
Since our work started, we have watched the children we support grow and develop into responsible adults. We have seen them graduate from high school and college to join the world of work. Many of our students aspire to become teachers, social workers, nurses and policemen and some achieve this. We are proud of all of them. Children of the Dump prides itself in being a personal, friendly charity, which is small enough to know many of our supporters personally and makes sure over 80 pence of every pound is used directly for the children .
The majority of our funding comes from personal giving in the UK. ASCF is our sister charity which deals with the day to day running of our three projects in the Philippines:
- Cashew Tree School providing pre-school education
- Grapevine Project educational sponsorship programme
- Mango Tree House residential home
Kay MacKay (Chair)
John Wenger (Hon Treasurer)
Managers – John Busby and Alison Morey
New Trustees in 2016
Colin Shoveller – Colin has volunteered for Children of the Dump for the past 6 months, helping with administration and fundraising events.
John Peddie – John runs a video production company and visited Manila last year to create a series of videos for Children of the Dump. He will be looking for ways to raise the profile of the charity through different channels of marketing.
Fred Little – Fred has worked in healthcare in the UK and abroad before retiring last year. He is going to be taking a lead in making grant applications.
Joan Kerr – Joan has been involved in the voluntary sector for 6 years and works for a local charity in the Camberley area. In 2014 she had the honour of visiting the children in the Philippine’s and is looking forward to contributing to this great cause.