Life in the slum of Bagong Silangan
in Quezon City,
Manila, is centered
around a vast garbage tip
on which many of the residents survive through
To the outsider the sight is a shock: men, women and
children knee deep in slime looking for articles which they can sell for
their recycling value. They inhabit miserable makeshift huts on the
perimeter of the dump.
In recent years a Catholic
NGO called Faithful Companions of Jesus
(FCJ) has been at work improving the lives of the
poor. Their center offers educational courses for adults and children
alike as well as income generating
opportunities. Women use the kitchen
to bake cakes which they sell, and art and craft classes are held in
which women are taught to design attractive paper bags as well as
greetings cards which get marketed abroad.
Sister Veronica Schreiner of
FCJ has been in charge and encouraged people to clean up their slum and
the filthy stream which passes through it. Rainwater harvesting
is also an important project: gutters are put on the roofs, cement storage tanks
contructed and as a final touch, artwork is painted on the outsides of
- Sean Sprague, Photographer
168 - Woman wheeling drinking water, Tondo slum, Manila, Philippines.
07ph203 - PHILIPPINES Child scavenger at work on garbage tip at Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, Manila.
07ph018 - PHILIPPINES Scavenger sorting through recyclable materials in a shantytown dwelling near garbage tip at Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, Manila.
07ph132 - PHILIPPINES A mother and two children in front of their home in a slum of Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, Manila.
07ph125 - PHILIPPINES Men making a water tank which collect rain from the roof of a small house in a slum, Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, Manila.