If you bring experience or an interest in fundraising to this children's charity this is your opportunity to make a big difference to the lives of children of impoverished scavenger families in Manila.
About the charity
Children of the Dump is a UK based Children's Charity, registered as Asian Students Christian Trust. It will offer you the chance to help provide education for some of the most deprived and vulnerable children in the Philippines. Through our Filipino partners; The Asian Students Christian Foundation (ASCF), we deliver family support and loving care to deprived children living in extreme poverty around the Payatas and San Isidro rubbish dumps in Manila, Philippines. We expect to raise about 230 thousand pounds a year and have one part time employee in the UK.
Since 1975 the supporters of Children of The Dump, along with colleagues in ASCF, have been giving young lives the chance to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Today we help care for over 300 children in different ways, some of whom have been neglected, abused or even abandoned. We retain a liberal Christian ethos and welcome Trustees and volunteers irrespective of beliefs.
Our services in Manila are:
Cashew Tree Early Years School which gives children a free quality educational start, graduates become students in demand in the public system rather than automatic failures. . From the new school year, we have 200 places available for students.
Grapevine scholarship programme: the most needy students who show academic potential are identified at Cashew and put forward for the financial and social support of this programme. Children continue to live with their family. Students are assisted to thrive in their education in public school with additional Saturday School and feeding days at our Mango Tree House and regular social worker visits at home and school. Support continues until the student completes their education at whatever level. From this school year we will be supporting 125 students.
Mango Tree House: a residential children’s home where 25 children who have nowhere safe to live are loved and nurtured in this family environment to enable them to make the most of the educational opportunities afforded to them.
You will help the Board in setting a clear, ambitious direction for the charity’s future, determining priorities, setting annual plans and delivering them. The Trustees have responsibility for ensuring the charity is well-run and meets legal requirements, charitable objectives, with good governance.
What we need
● Filipino heritage
● Previous experience of the charitable sector and/or acting as a Trustee.
● A willingness to visit the services in Manila at your own expense.
You should feel strongly about the cause of Children of the Dump and want to combine your expertise and passion to help create a better life for the children of scavenger families in Manila. You must be willing to bring your skills and experience to the table to help shape Children of the Dump’s future. You are enthusiastic, able to commit time and effort, and enjoy working as part of a team.
The role is voluntary, with any necessary out of pocket expenses reimbursed. Appointment is for a three year term with the opportunity to be re-appointed for a further term up to three years. Trustees are encouraged to visit the team and services in Manila but regrettably at their own expense
We cannot change the future for every child living in the scavenger communities but for those in our care we can and do change their whole world. Listen to testimonies from our students on Children of the Dump Manila Charity Video - YouTube
Raising one child out of poverty ripples forward for their entire family and future generations as they will ensure the opportunities they have been given are extended to their siblings and others.
We are a small charity and as a trustee you will soon become very aware of the difference that we make through our fundraising. We are in regular contact with the staff in Manila, know the stories of many of the individual families and share in the joy of their successes.
Please apply through Reach in the first instance.
An informal call with the Chair of Trustees is available to all prospective applicants