Saturday, November 22, 2008

Help the Children

We remind ourselves about the spirit of Christmas and about giving and sharing. With the high cost of living, we also learn to be prudent and save for a rainy day. However, this Christmas, perhaps we should take a look at the deplorable living conditions in a landfill in Payatas, in Phillippines. For more than 35 years, the plight of those in poverty struggle to survive by climbing on the high hills of garbage, hoping to find some material to sell for a living. What is even more heartbreaking is that some of them are children as young as four years old.

The children depends on your donation to survive. Let's all work together to make their life a little warmer this Christmas. Here is a press release about Christmas For Payatas, a charity drive organized by and Lighthouse Center for Children Foundation.

Press Release:

The landfill in Payatas, The Philippines, is notoriously known the world over as Smokey Mountain. For over 35 years, the smoking dump site has grown to become a stark and heart-tugging reminder of the desperate onditions of humanity.

On a daily basis, children pick through newly arrived garbage to collect material to sell. The earnings made by one child are not enough to even buy food for the day. Hence, entire families are forced to climb the mountain each day, hoping to earn enough to feed everyone. Children as young as four years old are forced to work in this daily struggle for survival.

In response to the plight of these children, is working with Lighthouse Center For Children Foundation to bring a little cheer to the children this Christmas. has kicked off with a cash sponsorship of USD 10,000 to enable the children to celebrate Christmas. FusionExcel International has also pitched in a USD 5,000 in cash sponsorship. The money raised will help fund the projects already in place, and help fund additional projects aimed at providing better housing, and a means of livelihood for the Payatas community.

It is hoped that by creating better awareness to the plight of these children, more support can be garnered towards their betterment. Together we can bury poverty!

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