Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela.
18 July 1918 − 5 December 2013
Tondo is a slum district with a vast shantytown built on the peripheries of Manila’s overflowing municipal dump. In the Philippines, a poor country, Tondo is synonymous with extreme poverty.
Many of Tondo’s half million inhabitants live in shacks cobbled together from a hodgepodge of building materials. Toilets and water are communal. Electricity is scarce and sporadic. When it rains, the roofs always leak and the streets, paved with garbage and animal droppings, become slippery swamps of smelly gray goo.
A large number of Tondo’s residents earn their living by scavenging in the dump for recyclable or reusable trash, which they resell for pennies. Children are often put to work soon after they learn to walk.
The dump is also an important source of caloric intake. Children scavenge for food called pagpag, the Tagalog word for shake off—as in shake off the worms, maggots, insects and dirt. The pagpag is then re-cooked and sold for 10 pesos—about 20 cents—a plate.
I’ve been visiting Tondo, talking with women about their attitudes toward contraception and the Catholic Church’s teaching on the subject. The church, of course, is strongly opposed to any form of artificial contraception. But for most women here, modern birth control is a luxury they cannot afford. The result is a lot of children.
Despite the dismaying circumstances in which these children live, the universal response when they spot a foreigner with a camera is animated delight and a demand that their picture be taken.
Image and caption by Senior Editor Tom Hundley, who is reporting on gender, health and faith in Indonesia and the Philippines.
Lets keep reblogging this…..She needs to be home with her family…
BOOSTING! Her mom made the above post yesterday. This is going on right now.
I DON’T CARE IF THIS DOESN’T MATCH YOUR BLOG JUST PLEASE HELP OUT THEIR FAMILY