Philippines

Capitol - Manila

Size – 115,831 sq. mi.

Area Comparative – slightly larger than Arizona

Language - Filipino & English

Population – 97.9 million

Life Expectancy – 71.23 years

Annual Income/Person - $3300

Exports - semiconductors and electronic products, transport equipment, garments, copper products, petroleum products, coconut oil, fruits

Religions - Christian 90%,
Islam 5%, Buddhism 2%, Hinduism 1%, Others 2%


 

 

 

 

 

 

Philippines


   
   

The Philippine Islands is the 12th most populous nation in the world with over 97 million people, 32 million which are children. Child abandonment and abuse represents one of the biggest dangers to Filipino children, jeopardizing their lives, their health, and their physical, emotional and intellectual growth. One of every four Filipino children experiences some form of abuse whether abandonment, sexual or labor exploitation or physical and medical neglect.

Throughout the undeveloped world there are communities of desperately poor families known as "basureros" (trash collectors or dump people) whose livelihood is centered on the environment of the garbage dump. The children of these families are a particular concern for us at Abandoned Children’s Fund. 

Throughout the undeveloped world there are communities of desperately poor families known as "basureros" (trash collectors or dump people) whose livelihood is centered on the environment of the garbage dump. The children of these families are a particular concern for us at Abandoned Children’s Fund. 

In the Canton garbage dump outside Naga City (northeast of Manila) basureros live on less than the equivalent of $2 a day. Basurero groups struggle to “own the right to have stake in the trash pile. Some families have been known to lay claim to a "hole" which they literally dig into the rubbish which becomes their sleeping quarters. Many basureros (including young children) pay rent for the right from dump lords and spend their days digging through the piles of filth in Naga City's garbage, enduring the rats, flies and giant worms in search of any reusable scraps of trash that they might be able to sell for a subsistence income. Abandoned Children’s Fund sustains a feeding project that provides these children with at least the badly needed daily meal, as well as medicine and vitamins. Some families have been able to escape the life of dependence on garbage dumps by learning new skills such as goat farming and sewing via micro-lending programs.