Papaya Academy Inc 1

Metro Manila, Philippines

This was the first training Project Growing Up organized. This pilot program took place in 2013 at Papaya Academy in Manila's squatters area, around the enormous dump side Payatas.

Manila 2

Papaya Academy is a Kalinga Project. Kalinga is a Dutch NGO that provides structural support to children and their families living in 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 start working at a very young age. For most children there is no hope for a different future - a better future.

In 8 weeks time 41 girls of grade 4, 5 and 6 were trained by Marieke and Carmen. The training was focussed on self-image, abuse, sexuality, safe sex and early pregnancy.