Friday, November 28, 2008

'Tis the Season for Giving: Christmas for Payatas!

How many of us hear about Payatas before? You can't even find a Wikipedia entry about the place. Heck, is that even a place?

The Payatas dump is located in the suburbs of Manila, 20 km away from the central area of the city. It is called Smoky Valley after Smoky Mountain, the biggest garbage dump in the Phillipines and one of the three biggest slums in the world. Smoky Mountain was dismantled by the government in 1995.

Smoky Valley is 70 ha large where 3,000 ton of garbage is brought in every day. Around Smoky Valley, approximately 92,000 scavengers (18,000 families) live. Most of them are illegal squatters who have lost their job in poor farming villages.

Most of the scavengers collect the usable items, that is, paper, plastic, empty cans, aluminum, vinyl and so on, from the garbage, sell them to ragmen to make their living.

Read more about Payatas: here.

Sad, isn't it? Granted it's financial crisis sweeping the world, but that should not be an excuse to realize there are others, who despite the economic up & down, are living in such a harsh environment. And by 'harsh', I mean, real harsh...

Yes, yes...you've got the picture. So you want to do you part, but you don't know how? Okay, you can do so by visiting this site, Christmas for Payatas & you can donate directly there. (As per today, 28/11/08, 4:04 pm, the amount of the donation is US$72,839.30)

Wait a minute, you have no money to contribute as you too are affected by the latest financial crisis? (Who isn't?!)

Well, then...at the very least, you can try to spread the word about Christmas for Payatas. (You're serious that you can't even spare $1???)

Many have been doing their part. From a celebrity like Ms. Zora Andam (Miss Universe Runner Up, Best in National Costume 1st runner-up in 2001), businessman Mr. Paul Ting (CEO for Fusionexcel), politician Mr. Sonny Belmonte (Mayor for Quenzon City), Congressman Mat Defensor, Congresswoman Cynthia Villar, Sen. Pres. Manny Villar to Ray Parlour (Arsenal Player) & Lee Sharpe (Manchester United).

Check out their appealing for Christmas for Payatas in their YouTube clip here.









You too can help!!

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