Smokey Mountain? The name sounds fancy don’t you think? HECK! It’s not, it’s a landfill in Payatas, The Philippines. Don’t even say spending Christmas there, I don’t think you will even want to go near that place. Even passing by the huge garbage bin somewhere in town will turn you off and whining about how smelly it is, don’t even say a landfill. However, do you know that many children and adults are there every single day to make a living? It’s a very sad situation. I got this from christmasforpayatas.com
On 10 July 2000, after a period of heavy rain, a trashslide occurred in the Payatas dump claiming over 200 lives, including many children. The tragic victims were the scavengers and sorters at the dump site and those living in the nearby shanties. While the authorities instituted better management of the site after the tragedy, many continue to depend on scavenging as it is their only means of livelihood.
Imagine being killed by garbage? I don’t think anyone wants die this way.
It is sad. Many people like to complain about their life always and never appreciate what they have. If you see or learn about the situation of those children digging out materials from the newly arrived garbage so that they can sell it to help their family to earn some money, it will really make you think that you are living a good life already! You don’t have to go dig out things from landfill to feed your family. The materials they dug is not enough to buy food at all.
You can view this video and you will appreciate what you have in life and make sure you will never ever take things for granted:
If you can help, do help them. There are many Prominent Supporters of Christmas for Payatas, it’s not a scam. Totedaddy is working with Lighthouse Center For Children Foundation to bring a little cheer to the children this Christmas. Kudos to Totedaddy.
I hope with my little post here can help create awareness of raising fund for the children in Payatas so that they can have the basic necessities in life and giving them chance to grow up to contribute to the society.