With its white and pastel green walls, the Learning Centre stood out among the drab shacks sitting at the end of the only stretch of concrete road in the dump. The students from the Learning Centre live on the outskirts of Payatas – with their parents scavenging the dumpsite trying to earn their livelihood from the rubbish collected – to sell, recycle and even eat.
The volunteers shared meals with the pre-schoolers and organised games such as “Trip to Jerusalem”. They also taught the children the art of making puppets and subsequently held an interactive puppet show with the puppets they just made. The volunteers also gave out new bags and school supplies to the children.
To express their gratitude, the pre-schoolers gave an enthusiastic performance of Carinosa, a Philippine folk dance, much to the delight of the volunteers. A parent thanked them for being an inspiration to the children, "I told my child that education will change their lives for the better. No parent would want their child to remain here. There is a better life away from Payatas.”