It’s been 12 weeks since we started our relief efforts in Payatas and we still continue to distribute food packs to support our families. They wish send their thanks for your continued support.
This week, our families received:
- 5kg of rice
- 1kg of sweet potatoes
- 1kg of string beans
- 1kg of patola (sponge gourd)
- 1 kg of eggplant
- 1 kg of corn
- 1kg block of tofu
Updates in Payatas
Though with more relaxed restrictions, Metro Manila is still under quarantine. Some areas are on strict lockdown due to a high density of covid-positive cases. This is the longest lockdown in any country in the world, as far as we know, and many Filipinos struggle to survive as support has by and large failed to reach them.
Payatas once housed the Payatas dumpsite, many of the community members here still rely on the garbage industry for their income during this time. But, a point of concern here is their exposure to potentially infectious waste such as used face masks and tissues from households as they scavenge through the waste.
As of June 13, 2020, a total of 25,392 covid-positive cases have been reported across the Philppines. However due to lack of mass testing, the real number is suspected to be far higher.
The Payatas Paper
Activities in our Youth Center are still at a halt for the safety of our students and given the rules of local government. Since the lockdown, our scholars have used The Payatas Paper as a medium to express themselves through writing and drawing. Our latest issue is out now and talks about the importance of education and the role it played in the lives of our students. View the full issue here.
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Stay safe and healthy.