Who we are

ASCT Photographer Katie Higson

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)
Alison Morey (Deputy Chair)

John Wenger (Hon Treasurer)

June Cobbett
Lydia Langford
Fred Little
David Regan
Colin Shoveller

Manager – John Busby

Administration Assistant – Mandy Nash

New Trustees in 2017

Alison Morey –  Alison worked for the Charity as manager until April 2017, we are pleased that Alison has returned with her wealth of knowledge and expertise as Deputy Chair and Trustee.