Smokey Mountain

The American Women’s Club of The Philippines is always doing charities and active work in the community. I had the amazing opportunity to go to Smokey Mountain at the beginning of this month with the AWCP. Essentially Smokey Mountain is the Manila dumpsite that over 20,000 Filipinos live on. They salvage garbage to reuse, sell or make handicrafts with. They also salvage the garbage for food and other resources for daily living.

The Philippine Christian Foundation has played a major role in educating the children in Smokey Mountain. Many can not afford to go to school or simply can not because if they do not dig through the garbage they may not be able to find food for their families. An angel named Jane happened upon Smokey Mountain saw their way of living and the lack of schools. She has since created a foundation that has made 2 schools on Smokey Mountain. In order to get the students to school they receive a bag of rice to feed their families at the end of each school week. They have just started construction on the second school and are using shipping/metal storage units to make the school.

The experience I had there was a humbling experience. I walked away feeling gratitude for my life and my circumstances. I also walked away with gratitude for the people who live there and are HAPPY. They have a constant smile, very friendly and have found resources in the worst of circumstances to sustain life.

These boys were rascals. They knew all their letters and could count to 10. We sang the alphabet song together at least a dozen times.

A darling little girl eating a treat in one of the neighborhoods on the dump.

This is the view from the back side of the school.

These bags are made from toothpaste bottles and juice boxes found in the garbage.

Happy. Happy. Happy.

Girls walking to school. The mothers help sew the uniforms in way to contribute to the free tuition.

More photos here.

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8 responses to “Smokey Mountain

  1. Wow, the pictures are amazing. It is amazing what people have to do just to live.

  2. i’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. about consumer consumption and how people equate this to happiness. it really is humbling to see people around the world in impoverished circumstances and see that they don’t attach happiness to stuff. a real life lesson indeed.

    thank you for sharing.

  3. Wow, the pictures are amazing. It is amazing what people have to do just to live.

  4. i’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. about consumer consumption and how people equate this to happiness. it really is humbling to see people around the world in impoverished circumstances and see that they don’t attach happiness to stuff. a real life lesson indeed. thank you for sharing.

  5. favorite folkmans!! so glad you are having such a rich and amazing experience. thanks for posting the pics. my bro used to talk about the “people living above the water” when he lived in philippines and i didn’t understand what he meant until now.

  6. That is so awesome that you are doing that. The kids are cute. What a neat project.

  7. sariah & brett

    favorite folkmans!! so glad you are having such a rich and amazing experience. thanks for posting the pics. my bro used to talk about the "people living above the water" when he lived in philippines and i didn’t understand what he meant until now.

  8. That is so awesome that you are doing that. The kids are cute. What a neat project.

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