“When I was much younger I used to work on the rubbish dump but longed to go to school and now I do! I attend PCF School every day because I am keen to learn and the teachers help me in so many ways. My mother and father are so happy I am studying hard at PCF, and I am proud to be here. My grade pass was 82% and I passed all my subjects. My favourite subject is maths, and when I am older, I would like to become a teacher. I enjoy learning because it is something I can do for myself, and I know the school will help me achieve my ambitions.”
– Angelica, 13 years old
The Purple Community Fund (PCF) has built and is running a school made from recycled shipping containers which is four storeys high and will educate 1,000 children by 2017, effectively ending child labour on Manila’s largest rubbish dump.
The school is extremely successful in providing a well rounded education coupled with nutrition, medical and social welfare programs to offer every student the best opportunity to complete their education and find paid employment. Since the Philippine Government introduced the K-12 education system into the national curriculum, all schools were required to purchase K-12 textbooks.
There are 640 students in PCF’s School and 177 are girls aged 13 and older. Following our own commitment to helping disadvantaged women in Asia, PAWA were able to contribute £4,695 to the cause, ensuring that all the school books could be purchased for the new school year for these 177 students.
The textbooks will improve the reading, writing and mathematical skills of the students as they engage in classroom activities, homework and assignments. Good quality textbooks are a vital component in making the children’s dreams of progressing into College and University a reality and also gives them a real opportunity to find employment.
The beneficiaries of this grant have been 177 amazing, resilient, hard working girls aged 13 and older but the contribution will continue to help as the books will be used for a further two years bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 531 girls.
In 2016, PAWA will continue to support PCF by donating £4700 to their after school projects.