YOUNG FOCUS

gelooft dat ONDERWIJS de meest effectieve manier is om armoede onder de kinderen in de sloppenwijken van Manila, Filipijnen, te bestrijden MEER OVER YOUNG FOCUSHOE KUN JIJ HELPEN?

YOUNG FOCUS geeft minderbedeelde kinderen en jongeren de kans om zichzelf intellectueel, emotioneel, mentaal en spiritueel te ontwikkelen door hen onderwijs te bieden en door hen te steunen in hun persoonlijke groei.

YOUNG FOCUS gelooft dat het betrekken van het hele gezin de sleutel is tot een beter leven voor kinderen en komende generaties.

YOUNG FOCUS wil jongeren zien ontwikkelen in hun gaven en (verborgen) talenten om zo de vicieuze cirkel van armoede te doorbreken.

Kleuter-, basis-, voortgezet- en hoger beroepsonderwijs

Speciaal onderwijs voor kinderen die gestopt zijn met school en straatjongeren

Maaltijden en onderwijs over voeding om ondervoeding te voorkomen en te stoppen

Onderwijs over gezinszorg en over het ontwikkelen van een gemeenschap

…kinderen en studenten gaan naar school door sponsoring van Young Focus

...kinderen en jongeren die gestopt zijn met school of op straat leven ontvangen speciaal onderwijs

...kinderen krijgen elke dag een voedzame maaltijd

...ouders zijn betrokken in ons programma voor gezinszorg

Ontdek de omgeving en zie waar de centra van Young Focus zich bevinden

Het ‘Smokey Mountain’ gebied in Tondo, Manilla, staat bekend om het storten en recyclen van afval. Tienduizenden volwassenen en kinderen zijn direct of indirect afhankelijk van het werk in afval recyclen en leven in een grote krottenwijk.

Young Focus heeft 4 centra in deze buurt – al onze programma’s zijn gericht op onderwijs en persoonlijke ontwikkeling. Klik op de locatiepunten voor meer informatie.

Young Focus Child Care Center in Vitas Katuparan

Here Young Focus build a Child Care Center in 2014 with facilities to care for malnourished babies and toddlers (approx. 20 little ones) and a preschool (called Child Care PLUS) who are behind in their physical and psychological development. The goal is to prepare them for elementary school.

Vitas Katuparan is a ghetto-like housing project built in the 1980s to resettle families displaced by the Port Authority’s new container terminal. Ten of the project’s 27 buildings were allocated for socialized housing while the rest were sold on the open market. The buildings were inaugurated in 1990.

Paradise Heights, Permanent Housing

‘Permanent Housing’ consists of 21 buildings with 5 floors. Each floor has 24 units. Each unit has a ground floor of about 20 m2. The upper floor is about half the size of the bottom level. Most residents have rebuilt their units and extended that second level to cover their whole ground floor area.

The people from the original Smokey Mountain were originally supposed to move into their units in 1998, first living in the ‘Temporary Housing’ for 2 years after the closure of the Smokey Mountain ’1′ in 1996. However, the construction of ‘Permanent Housing’ took 8 years rather than 2. So, the former residents of Smokey Mountain ’1′ eventually moved into their units in the newly constructed high-rise buildings in 2004.

Aroma, Temporary Housing, Happy Land

‘Temporary Housing’ was build to house the people from the original dumpsite Smokey Mountain 1 for 2 years before moving into ‘Permanent Housing’. Unfortunately it took 8 years before they could actually move to ‘Permanent Housing’. The two storey structures of ‘Temporary Housing’ were open inside and families had to construct their own walls to have and form of privacy. There was only 1 bathroom per floor – to be shared by 50 families….
After the people from Smokey Mountain 1 moved out of ‘Temporary Housing’ in 2004, a new group of squatters moved in. The conditions there have really deteriorated since then; there is no maintenance, no repair work done. The paths and alleyways are filthy, the ‘barracks’ overcrowded. Right now approx. 7,000 people live in the area.

The old Smokey Mountain ||1||

The ‘original’ Smokey Mountain. Closed in 1996. People were moved to ‘Temporary Housing’ in 1996 and then to ‘Permanent Housing’ in 2004. Many families were relocated outside the city.

Around 3000 families used to live on the 50 year old dump, which was the site of a fishing village before. About 50 shacks are still present, and grass, trees, fruit trees and vegetables grow there now. It is a green niche in the middle of the urban chaos where the majority of people continue to depend on garbage collecting and charcoal burning.

Soon after garbage was dump on ‘Smokey Mountain 2’. The government closed ‘Smokey Mountain 2’ in 2014.

The old Smokey Mountain ||2||

‘Smokey Mountain 2’ was demolished by the local government in 2014. About 700 families used to live on top of the garbage dump here.

Although ‘Smokey Mountain 2’ is not a place anymore where people live, the garbage is still being dumped there in barges.
Young and old are allowed to go into these barges and scavenge for glass, metal, plastic etc for recycling. The whole Smokey Mountain area – as shown on this map – is in one way or the other depended on the recycling business. The garbage they collect is then sorted, cleaned and sold for recycling. Another means of income is making charcoal. The charcoal is sold at the local markets as a cheap form of fuel for cooking.
Although ‘Smokey Mountain 1’ and ‘Smokey Mountain 2’ have been closed, the area with its slums is still known as the Smokey Mountain area: ten thousands of poor families live in shacks and impoverished housing. Many of them came from the old garbage dumps and many have been added from the provinces in the last 20 years; thinking that the city of Manila would give them a better life.
The slum communities Young Focus works in are called Permanent Housing, Temporary Housing (Aroma), Happy Land and Vitas Katuparan.

Young Focus SANDIGAN Student Center

Young Focus SANDIGAN Student center was built in 2011. It is Young Focus main center with classrooms, a computer room for students, a library, recreation areas and offices. It’s address: 284 Dayao Street, Balut, Tondo, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Young Focus YoUNgLI Center

YoUNgLI stands for Young Unlimited. In this ‘hang out’ center Young Focus focusses on older street youth of the community who dropped out of school or have never been in school. This center is located right across the most devastated area of the community where many young people use solvent to suppress their hunger pangs and forget about their problems.

Young Focus Road10 Center

This building has been bought recently and will become a new learning center for preschool children with meeting rooms for parents and elementary, high school and college students.

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Wat studenten vertellen over Young Focus

“Young Focus heeft me als organisatie geholpen mijn karakter te vormen. Ze hebben me geholpen mijn talenten te ontwikkelen en mijn kennis te verbreden, om me naar een mooie toekomst te leiden. Young Focus steunt me in het bereiken van mijn dromen. Dankzij Young Focus kan ik mijn studie afmaken.” – Gecler

Help mee om de visie van Young Focus te bereiken voor de kinderen in de sloppenwijken van Manilla en doneer aan één van deze programma’s!

Door uw donatie hebben meer kinderen de kans op onderwijs! Klik here om meer te lezen over de onderwijsprogramma’s van Young Focus.

Voor USD 360 per jaar...

… voorziet u een basis- of middelbare scholier van onderwijs!

Doneer USD 10...

… en geef hiermee een schooltas of nieuw paar schoenen aan één van onze basisschool- of middelbare school leerlingen aan het begin van het schooljaar.

Voor USD 30 per maand...

… kan een kind naar onze kleuterschool en krijgt het daarnaast elke dag een gezonde, voedzame maaltijd!

Doneer USD 40...

…en koop hiermee een zak rijst voor ons voedingsprogramma! Alle kinderen van de kleuterschool en het Love2Learn programma ontvangen elke dag een gezonde lunch.