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On the subject of children of the earth…

July 13, 2009

Not the bloody brilliant third series of Torchwood (though as the 456 did point out as everyone flapped about handing over 10 per cent of the world’s children, we let a child die every three seconds…) but a moving story from Manila.

David McNeill has written a great story about a British single mother who went on holiday to the Phillipines, saw ‘some of the worst poverty the world has to offer’ and decided to do something about it. Jane Walker may have to become an MI icon! You can read the whole story in The Independent, but basically she’s set up a school and medical centre to help hundreds of children living amid mountains of stinking rubbish.

McNeill’s description of the god-awful conditions that people live in at Manila’s rubbish dump is horribly vivid – the thought of adults, let alone children scavanging for a living there is judderingly awful. So, please, read the article and if you have a little money to spare send it to The Philippine Community Fund, PO Box 294, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 2YD.


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