transforming lives through dance
danceaid raises funds through dance and other activities to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.
danceaid's mission is to unite the UK and beyond in a movement for change to help orphaned, poor, and disabled children in the developing world, and here in the UK.
danceaid's life-saving programmes deliver vital resources to children who receive no assistance from elsewhere. Without your support, innocent children are left vulnerable to hunger, homelessness, hopelessness and neglect. Your support can transform an existence of poverty and suffering to a life of hope and opportunity.
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Manila, capital of the Philippines, is just one of many cities in which danceaid works to tackle child poverty...
If you were born on the streets of Manila, capital of the Philippines, then right now you would be living on pagpag.
To create pagpag a resourceful entrepreneur will pay the owner of a local food franchise (say a KFC) for their rubbish. Late one night they will be given bin liners full of all sorts. They will root through the bags and find the bits of eaten chicken and strip tiny traces of meat that customers have missed, wiping off the other rubbish, the flies and ignoring the smell (it’s hot in Manila – food goes off quickly). They will gather a few plastic bags full of scraps (mainly bone) and take it away with them. Now, can you imagine your parent buying this food the following day and feeding it to you? It’s already hot by the time they’ve bought it, and this is the 2nd day it’s been left in the sweltering heat…
The reality is that you’d be lucky if you have a parent to buy it for you. Many of the street children are orphans and will have been out all day begging to earn enough for a single pagpag meal that they’ll split between 3 or 4 of them. They live in boxes. They can’t afford to go to school as they have to earn the money for their share of pagpag. They get ill a lot. In a couple of years, if not sooner, then they will very likely have suffered violence, exploitation and possibly sexual assault too.