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Charity supports slum kids' school

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The Literacy in a Box Trust has teamed up with a Southampton based charity, the Philippine Community Fund, to help end child labour in the Philippines by teaching children living and working on rubbish dumps to read and write.

Since 2002 the Philippine Community Fund (PCF) has been providing support in the form of programmes on health and nutrition, livelihood and skills training and community and family enhancement to children, young people and their families who dwell on and make a living from rubbish dumps in the Philippines. PCF provides education to the poorest of the poor at their own and state schools in the Philippines, regardless of religion, race or political boundaries.

A donation of £5000 from the South East Asia Appeal Fund of Rotary International, triggered by seed corn monies from PCF, has financed the sending of 26 Literacy Boxes for use by the PCF.

The 26 Literacy Boxes, containing enough school supplies for 650 children, were packed in the warehouse resource kindly made available to the Trust by Becton Dickinson Diagnostics in Plymouth. Becton Dickinson also delivered the 26 Literacy Boxes to the PCF depot in Southampton.

PCF have a 40 foot container filled with the many essential items needed to run their schools, including the Literacy Boxes, and this was shipped from Southampton to Manila on 17 July.

In an interview with Edd Moore from the Plymouth Herald, Ian Parker, Chairman of the Literacy in a Box Trust said; "CHILDREN living in one of the world's worst slums could have their lives transformed thanks to a Plymouth charity." Edd's full report can be seen here.

To donate to the Literacy in a Box Trust please see our home page or write to LitBox, PO Box 243, Plymouth, PL6 6WU.

Press release available as PDF file.