They moved from their impoverished hometown to the crowded, almost-12-million-person capital city of Metro Manila in search of a better life. Finding Manila's high cost of living too impossible, they moved again to San Roque, a coastal neighborhood about 10 miles outside the city. Settling there was illegal, but it was better than going all the way back home.
Even after all of this, money isn't easy to come by in San Roque. Most men work as subsistence fishermen, pedicab drivers, construction workers or carpenters. Their wives supplement this meagre income by selling home-cooked food, sweeping streets, washing other people's clothes, or cleaning houses.
Even children often quit school and go to work at a young age to support the family.
FH has been working in San Roque since 2006, collaborating with local agencies to bring these education-focused programs:
- Children's health fair
- Training for health advocates
- Provision of school supplies, uniforms and tuition, as needed
- After-school tutoring
- Training on the protection of children against abuse
- Training on disaster preparedness and disaster relief
- Training on biblical values for children and their parents
- Organizing and developing local leaders
Cosmetology training helps moms support their families
FH is helping families in San Roque become self-reliant by teaching women marketable skills.
In partnership with a local non-profit, FH provides five-day trainings on basic cosmetology: nail services and hair cutting, coloring and perming.
This new program is just getting off the ground, and graduates will be monitored to make sure they're practicing what they learned.
Now, children in these families have a better chance of going to school and having more food to eat, preparing them to pursue a future free from poverty.