Church in Asprer, Payatas

Metro Manila, Philippines

After six successful training projects in 2016, organised by trainer Debbie, she organized a coming back training for the boys who have joined a training earlier that year. The project took place in Manila's squatters area, around the enormous dump side Payatas. In collaboration with “Church in Asprer”, Payatas,  this project could take place.

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The Asprer Church offers a two year program for boys focused on a better future. It’s an alternative learning system where they learn, English, math, history and other basic subjects. Besides that they offer all sorts of training where they learn skills for different types of jobs. After two years the students have enough experience to find a job and take care of themselves.

The boys all live at the vast Payatas garbage dump on the outskirts of Manila. Over 30,000 people live on this mountain of waste, and they survive by collecting and separating aluminium, plastic and cardboard waste. Children are often required to work from a very young age. For most children there is no hope of a different future - a better future.

During the coming back training 10 boys from the church in Asprer were trained by Debbie. The training was focussed on bullying. Besides that they also had the time to review and look back on the training earlier that year which was focussed on self-image, healthy lifestyle, hygiene, puberty, social media, abuse, sexuality, safe sex and early pregnancy.