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Philippines civil society

Saturday, May 3, 2008

 

During her visit to the Philippines Meg was keen to learn about the work being done by voluntary organisations to tackle human rights abuses and poverty. She met with representatives from a wide range of organisations highlighting the problems of extra judicial killings, child abuse and abuse of workers rights.

 

Meg also visited the infamous "smoky mountain" where children and adults scavenge for items from the rubbish dump to re-cycle. Many of the children attend a school provided by the Philippines Christian Foundation, an organisation founded by British citizen Jane Walker. Although it was a Saturday the school was being used for activities and over a hundred children were taking part in a lively singing session. A new school is to be built out of containers for the children on a nearby site. This will increase the capacity of the school.

 

Meg said:

 

"The conditions that these children and families live in is truly shocking. Life is very difficult, and it is a credit to all those involved with the school that they are improving the lives of children through education."

 

She also met with Unilever and took a ride on new ferry service on the Pasig River. Unilever have been active in making the river cleaner, and is working with local communities to stop further pollution of the river. Meg also visited a Unilever sponsored feeding programme for malnourished young children. They are enrolled in the programme for six months to ensure their development improves during these vital early years. Parents are taught how to provide a nutritious diet on a low income, so that they can continue to support their children’s development after they leave the programme.

 

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