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Extra aid sent to Filipino schools

(From Plymouth Herald 30 Sep 2011 - by Nicola Tapp)

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PLYMOUTH-BASED charity Literacy in a Box has been able to send more boxes to the Philippines this year thanks to generous donations.

Forty boxes containing basic school supplies have been sent to Manila for use by the Philippines Community Fund (PCF) as part of its School Aid 4 Philippines programme.

The PCF, led by Jane Walker MBE, was involved in the running of three schools providing education to children living on rubbish dumps and in squatter areas.  Work was also in progress on a new school for 1,000 pupils - a four-storey building being constructed from 74 recycled shipping containers at Tondo Manila, the location of the infamous Smokey Mountain dump.

Donations have been received from the Rotary clubs of Plymouth Roborough, Portsmouth and Southsea and Jersey.

Trustee Phil Chesters said: "The opportunity to work with the PCF to provide help to Filipino children living in such disadvantaged conditions was hugely rewarding.

Our hope is that, through education, at least some of these children will be able escape the poverty into which they are born and help improve their society."

In total, with the help of Plymouth global technology company Becton Dickinson which provided packing and transport facilities from its Belliver Industrial site, the trust has been able to send £16,500 worth of supplies to Manila.

Jane's Rotary Club and Makita Neilson in Manila, have been involved to ensure that everything the Trust sends is used for the benefit of the children.

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The school chidren in the Philippines receiving the content of the boxes.