Bailing Machines arrive in Manila.
Steve Burnett of Compact and Bale:
Has now been able to deliver the first of a series of Bailing machines to further the support with PCF in Manila Phillipines.
This will help the project in Tondo dumpsite become a more self sustaining project, it will enable them to recycle their waste and produce an income to support the many projects that PCF have ongoing.
The Philippine Christian Foundation ( PCF) is registered charity in the
PCF runs its own schools and educates over 700 children through an interactive, theme based curriculum. Each class has 25 – 30 students and children are provided with a school uniform, shoes and school supplies, and a Food for School Reward System ensures that children can earn food tokens in return for attending school and academic achievements. A College scholarship program sends 16 students into a higher education.
The Nutrition Program provides children with a daily glass of milk, and a high protein breakfast and lunch. However a supplemental meal is still needed for the 1st to 3 rd degree malnourished children. Children are weighed and measured monthly as part of to monitor their development.
The Health program provides free health care for all of the children and their siblings and parents to ensure that the children do not miss school days in order to earn money for medicines. Dental, mass medical missions are conducted throughout the year to serve the health needs of the families and wider community. Over 12,000 patients received free health care in 2008, many of which received medicines for pneumonia, TB, septis, and infectious diseases.
An extensive advocacy program is in place and 50 mothers are trained 3 days a week as primary health care workers. Despite these interventions the clinics are in constant need for money to buy more medicines and are currently serving just 25% of the community.
Child and Family Development employs qualified social and community workers who conduct home visits to all of the PCF children who are able asses the family’s needs. In 2008 5,312 people received assistance in the form of counseling, emergency food supplies, assess to PCF or Government ran services and assess to materials for families to repair their broken down shanties.
Livelihood and vocational training is offered to over 200 out of school youth, single or elderly parents. Skills are mastered in sewing, jewelry and greeting card making, and electronics. Once students have learned a new skill help is given in the form of micro finance to enable them to become financially independent.
Income Generation is a program where by PCF sells it products both locally and overseas. Help is needed to widen the PCF Products marketing base and supporters can sell their product which generates an income for both the poor families and profits are invested back into the livelihood program to help more families. In addition to this PCF runs its own Material Recycling Facility (MRF) whereby they collect the cities garbage and segregate and sell waste, currently 49 waste pickers are employed and have been able to increase their earning potential 3 fold.
PCF welcomes qualified volunteers in the areas of health, nutrition, skills training and education. Volunteers with experience in pastoral care, and youth or children’s ministries are also welcome. To find out more information please contact, Info@p-c-f.org
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