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QI of Manila

Empowerment through Vocational Training and Day Care

Tondo is a pitiable place in the heart of Manila. In this rundown, working-class district, thousands have migrated from other parts of the Philippines in hopes of finding employment. Typically, men find only seasonal, manual labor along the fishing pier, so women of Tondo must augment their families’ incomes, mainly by peeling garlic. The going wage for an entire day of garlic-peeling is one U.S. dollar.

The Manila Quota club is working to enhance job prospects for these women through vocational training, accompanied by quality day care for their children. This new empowerment program supported by the We Share Foundation’s Club-to-Club World Service program offers three areas of job skills training—beauty, food processing, and soap making. The beauty program will be run in partnership with the Splash Foundation, who will provide teachers and materials for training in hair and nail care and foot massage.

The club plans to sponsor two day care centers in Tondo in hopes that children there can look to a future beyond the pier. The club will supply the centers with materials and equipment for educational offerings, in addition to providing nutrition and de-worming for students as well as other children in Tondo.

In addition to their service in Tondo, the Manila club is also continuing their support of hundreds of indigenous families in Dinalupihan. The Aetas are one of the most disadvantaged minority groups in Philippine society. The impoverished Aeta children live mostly in far-flung rural areas and have to walk to school early without breakfast to reach their classes on time. Often they don’t bring lunch. As a result, the learning process is slow and drop-out rates high. Quotarians work to ensure the Aeta children attend school and get the food, clothing, and supplies they need. Donations go primarily toward a feeding program for the children in three schools but are also used for de-worming medicine and other medical supplies, uniforms, backpacks and school supplies, educational resources for teachers, books, toys, and bookshelves and other improvements to the classrooms. Their program has been successful at keeping the children nourished and in school.

Club-to-Club donations will provide food, supplies, clothing, and equipment for the two programs, pay teacher salaries, and cover certain transportation costs in Tondo. As the Tondo project continues, the club hopes to upgrade both day care facilities and expand vocational courses.

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