I have been interning in the Philippines for just about two months now, while I've had the greatest time working and travelling, something has really bothered me lately.
Manila has the largest population of homeless population of any city in the world at 3.1 million. That's more than 2/3 of the entire population of my home - New Zealand.
When I found these numbers, there was a wave of shame. Out of normality, I had been ignoring the issue for weeks, walking past those sleeping on the streets without a second thought or brushing beggars and street vendors aside. I had become a part of the bigger problem.
With your help, my goal is to deliver 500 meals to those in need in one day.
The plan is to fundraise money until Friday, 10th March and purchase meals from local vendors to support them [budgeting 60 pesos (just over $1 US) for each 'cheap meal'] on early Saturday morning. Then, with volunteers, taking to the streets and delivering meals in high homeless areas until early afternoon before catching my flight back home.
To start, I will be donating 40% of my monthly allowance (2000 PHP). So only 28,000 PHP to 500 meals! :)
If I gave nothing else to this beautiful country that has been my home for the past two months, then at least I hope to bring a small joy to those less privileged than I, or maybe show that we don't have to move mountains to change this community for the better - it all starts with just one person and one day.
Let's go get it!
Others ways to donate:
- Direct bank transfer (please put "donation" or something similar in the reference!)
- New Zealand: 12-3025-0443805-50 [ASB, Quan Zhang]
- Philippines: 589559-0024-8265-10 [BPI, Riza Zausa Cuartero]
- In person - please message me to arrange something!
- I plan to take food donations directly for delivery - more information in the coming week :)