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Tondo Site Grateful for Chalice Support

Chalice Sponsor Site Director in Tondo, Eunice, gives thanks that the Site has been able to rescue children from extreme poverty and provide them with education, nutrition and basic needs.

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Located in a former landfill, on the outskirts of the glitz and glamour of Manila in the Philippines, lies the slum of Tondo.
Children in Tondo landfillWith more than 70,000 residents per square kilometre, it is the most densely populated area of land in the world. Children and their families struggle for survival in Tondo, scavenging through garbage to pull recyclable materials they can sell. Children suffer from poor air quality and precarious living conditions. Your support makes a significant impact to a child's quality of life. "Because of you, Tondo has turned into one of God's miracle machines,' says Eunice Cheng-Chua, Site Director of Tondo.

In 2013, Chalice opened a Sponsor Site to help the children living in Tondo. Before sponsorship, most children didn't attend school. They were expected to scavenge through the landfill for recyclables to help their family earn enough money for food. Thanks to Chalice sponsors and dedicated workers on the ground, nearly 700 children are now excelling in their studies. No longer having to work, and being fed a nutritious diet, they are able to concentrate on their school work. In 2016, 98% of students passed their grade, with 130 children receiving various academic and behavioural awards.

Among its many accomplishments, the Sponsor Site has worked hard to improve the health and nutrition of children. These kids are healthy despite the fact that they live in congested areas without proper ventilation, sanitation and clean water for drinking or bathing. With mandatory semi-annual medical check-ups for each child, health concerns are able to be treated in a timely manner.

Chalice Sponsored Children in Tondo, PhilippinesMany non-sponsored children in Tondo are suffering from the effects of malnutrition but due to funds from the Chalice Children Nutrition Program, a feeding program was implemented. In May and June 2016, the program was feeding 200 children daily for lunch. In July, Chalice Children fed more than 600 children daily in five different areas. It is truly a blessing from God to see the children gain weight and become healthier.

"Thank you very much, our dear sponsor for giving our children and their families hope. For giving our children back their childhood, for bringing smiles back onto their faces, for restoring their health and their faith. For making them feel they are the most important person in the whole wide world, for seeing the beautiful in them and for educating their parents, freeing them from the bondage of the unknown. Most especially, thank you for BELIEVING in them. May the Good Lord continue to bless you and your family with His peace, love and abundance." - Eunice, Director, Tondo Sponsor Site

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