We recently showcased our products at Latitude Festival in Suffolk, where we had the pleasure of meeting some of the volunteers and staff working for PCF (the Philippine community fund).
PCF a registered charity since 2002 are a non for profit (although not registered) NGO. They have built and run a school made from recycled shipping containers with the capacity to hold 1000 children in Manila. they offer a pathway out of poverty to children and families forced to live and work in dump sites and cemeteries. the program aims to protect children from trafficking, child labor, and exploitation.
Each of the current 550 children being educated receive breakfast and lunch through the charity at a cost of less than £1 per head per day. PCF also support another 300 children in government education.
The children and their families are given access to the charity's health clinic, to help ease the financial pressure that may force them back into dangerous work.
PCF employ its own social workers to offer advise, support, counselling and practical help to the students and their families.
what we find interesting about PCF is their unique and innovative way in which they financially support the students families. parents that are struggling financially are offered work creating beautiful pieces of jewellery and fashion from ring pulls.... that's right! ring pulls!
Each year PCF work with Festival Republic at Latitude and Reading Festival. PCF brings dozens of volunteers to work as green messengers, a keen team of people who have the job of encouraging recycling, educating people on sustainability and enforcing the festivals green initiatives. In exchange PCF get to take home as many ring pulls as they can pull. it might not sound like a fair exchange, but in fact each ring pull is worth 4p to the charity and in the hundreds of thousands can create plenty of work within the impoverished communities they support. you will also find PCF's stall at the events where you can purchase the finished products from previous years of collecting.
check out #onthepull for more infomation
PCF are currently running an emergency campaign for extra support. Its monsoon season in the Philippines. Peoples homes are flooded, and with poor sanitation people are at an even greater risk. The schools are closed during this season but PCF are reaching out for financial support to keep the school open as an emergency shelter. Gentrification is also forcing people out of slum areas into more secure housing. PCF are offering community support in the transition,
If you would like to find out more about PCF, please visit www.p-c-f.org.
There are many ways in which you can help support the great work these guys are doing.
Send in your ringpulls!
PCF, PO Box 294, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 2YD.
Volunteer at the next music festival! Or if your not one for loud music PCF have fundraising and admin opportunities.
PCF also accept donations of school supplies. A full list of items needed can be found here.
The care of each child costs £65 a month.
this covers 7 hours of education a day,
The maintenance and improvements of the library, play areas, sports equipment, and computers.
Extra support for students that fall behind, or have difficulties in studies.
Daily school transport.
School uniforms, shoes, school bag, workbooks and supplies.
Reward system to Encouraging high attendance and academic achievements.
Sponsorship starts at as little as £20 a month.