It looks like a scene from some horror movies where children have to scavenge for foods in rubbish dumps. People like us who live comfortable lives cannot imagine if we have not seen them with our own eyes. Being a parent who is highly protective of my own kids, making sure they are well fed and given a comfortable home, it just breaks my heart to see the video on the children of Payatas in the Philippines.
(photo courtesy of TV Smith)
It is rather bizarre to see children scrambling for foods, picking up dirty sausages from rubbish dump infested with flies and maggots to feed themselves. But the story is not something I picked up from the internet. Our local Malaysia blogger and famous photographer, TV Smith was there to capture the photos and shared the story on his blog. It is real. And it is here in our neighbouring country. How can I turn a blind eye on the hardship faced by these children? What kind of illnesses are they suffering from the dirty living condition? Do they even have a future?
These children and their families wait for the lorry loads of rubbish to be dump and they will scramble to pick up things they can salvage. They even pick up foods amongst those flies and maggots and whatever that look edible, will be their meals.
After watching the above video, I am compelled to share their plights with readers and I hope all of you will also tell your friends about these children. If you are in the spirit of giving this festive season, how about making a small donation for these children?
The organizers, The Lighthouse Center For Children Foundation and Totedaddy.com have initiated a charity drive to help the children and community of Payatas. We can also chip in with a small donation through our local banks as well. You can find information on the official site call Christmas for Payatas and see the sportsmen, celebrities and other well-wishers doing their parts to help the children of Payatas.
Below is the screenshot of some of our local banks where you can remit your donation.
The other alternative is donation by credit card like Visa or Mastercard.
So, my dear friends, parents, readers and all who stumbled upon this post, do tell the others about these children from the dumps. They need all the help they can to get out of their bleak, miserable slum. Every little bit from us help. Whether it is the publicity to share their stories, a request for donation or just a little prayer and thought from us. When we are looking at how comfortable our kids are and how well fed they are, remember these children from Payatas. Let’s make their days a little bit brighter and better.
You can view more photos of these children, their living conditions and other poignant scenes from Christmas for Payatas site.