Because Christmas is all about giving, the season becomes more meaningful if we give and support charitable initiatives, particularly, Christmas For Payatas.
Even if you’re not from the Philippines, I’m sure you’ve heard or read about Payatas at one point in your life, specially when a storm caused a landslide of trash and took the lives of around 200 people a few years ago. Payatas, otherwise known as Smokey Mountain, has been in existence for 35 years now. People live amidst all the trash and earn money by scavenging. To say that the condition in Payatas is deplorable is an understatement. It is way beyond deplorable. Check out the video posted at the Christmas for Payatas website and see for yourself.
Prominent figures are supporting the cause: politicians, athletes, celebrities. We can do our part, too. And I promise you, it will make for a better Christmas for us and the people we’ll be able to help. So spread some Christmas cheer and donate! :)
For more information, here’s the Christmas for Payatas 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, Totedaddy.com is working with Lighthouse Center For Children Foundation to bring a little cheer to the children this Christmas.
Totedaddy.com 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!