Social Development and Poverty: Articles
A Greener Way of Turning Trash Into TreasuresA new "green" waste collection center is helping improve the working conditions of waste pickers and recyclers in Manila's Smokey Mountain. Manila - Smokey Mountain was once a 2-million-ton garbage heap that, for over 40 years, served as a waste disposal facility for the Philippines' capital city of Manila. It drew a large community of informal settlers who scavenged the garbage for their livelihood.
Freedom at the FrontierImproved feeder roads in the highlands of Papua New Guinea are reducing the isolation of tribal communities in a valley that was hidden from the world until a few decades ago. Better access to markets, schools, and hospitals are giving subsistence farmers greater freedom of choice. Mount Hagen, Western Highlands - To see the difference a paved road can make to people's lives, take a ride with Steven Pup along the highways and byways around Mount Hagen, a former gold prospectors' camp that still has the feel of a frontier town.
Caring for the Children of the PoorAn early childhood development project is making sure that children from poor families grow up bright and healthy. Cebu City - Fifty-three-year-old Saludita Buton, or Lola Salud, has 10 children and 8 grandchildren of her own. But, over the last 5 years, she has spent her days babysitting up to five other toddlers and operating a volunteer day-care center for children of poor working mothers. She does this in a space less than 20 square meters in area adjacent to her home in Barangay Catadman in Catmon, Cebu.