Camberley charity makes urgent appeal amid funding crisis to stop further school closures

March 10, 2017
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A charity in Camberley has issued an “emergency” appeal as it experiences its worst funding crisis in 40 years.

Children of the Dump, which provides educational services to poor and vulnerable children in Manila, Philippines, says the fall in the value of the pound has led to the closure of one of its schools.

Another learning centre has been semi-vacated while members of the charity have been reduced to squatting as they face eviction from their current property.

Children of the Dump has said at least £40,000 must be raised in order to keep its services afloat, while more is needed to secure the future of its vital services.

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Further closures of its educational services will have a devastating impact on the disadvantaged children who benefit from its work which aims to help them “out of the poverty cycle”.

The charity’s “emergency plan” has led to the difficult decision to reduce the number of children at one of its learning centres which supports up to 200 children aged four to six.

Children at the Cashew Tree school, which was forced to close down earlier this year
(Photo: Children of the Dump)

Kay Mackay, chairwoman of Children of the Dump, said: “To make the required savings we have to reintegrate 20 children back into the dumpsite community.

“We would continue to offer support for their education but this will inevitably be a major blow for individual children who have known Mango as their home for over a decade.

“If you could see and smell the living situation on Payatas dumpsite, you would feel as we do that this is an absolute last resort and we must avoid this if we possibly can.”

A child scavenging on Payatas rubbish dump
(Photo: Children of the Dump)

The charity said the fall in value of the pound has led to a significant reduction in the amount of Philippine pesos the charity can send to fund the schools.

Ms Mackay added: “Despite over 40 years of overcoming many challenges, we are facing a crisis in 2017.

“We have watched the exchange rates drop over the last three years and most notably since the Brexit vote.

“The impact on our spending power is horrendous. We need to bring in at least an additional £40,000 just to stand still.”

In an desperate appeal to members of the public, Mrs Mackay said: “The impact of our services is visible for all to see.

“Children, who had no hope of fulfilling their potential, no way of breaking out of the poverty cycle, are now well rounded individuals.

“The impact of transforming the life of one child can ripple through to many others.”

To make a donation to Children of the Dump either visit www.childrenofthedump.org.uk, phone 01276 707633 or send a cheque to: Community Link, Ian Goodchild Centre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY.

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/camberley-charity-makes-urgent-appeal-12715892


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