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A Profile of a Slum Community? • We need to research • Avoid using a and develop a profile questionaire and of the slum surveys – they raise community we are expectations among planning to work in slum dwellers • The information is • Ascertain, population, best collected from family details, main informal observation occupations, income, and conversations services available, with slum dwellers resources, etc What income generating projects can come from this slum? • Ask the inhabitants what income generating ideas they have? • This will also help locate the entrepreneurs in the community? • Ascertain what capital is needed to start these projects? Here is an example • From Manila, the Capital City of the Philippines – this slum settlement is the famous Payatas B rubbish tip slum 12 km from the Central Business District. A Picture of the Payatas Rubbish Tip in Manila A Profile • 150,000 inhabitants in Payatas B Settlement • 20,000 families • 10,000 scavengers working everyday from 6am to 5pm • Earn Pesos 2,000/mth = US$44 • Many scavengers are addicts on Methamphetamine Exploitation of the Poor! • 500 trucks per day • Where is the justice enter Payatas tip for the poor? • Each truck is charged • The Municipality may 350 Pesos to unload have to move the tip? • Gangs control who gets to scavenge in the tip • The scavengers have to bribe the gangs to be able to scavenge Can anything good come out of a place like this? • 80% is recyclable • Kids whose parents • Plastic bags are are drug addicts can washed in the nearby collect rubbish and creek, and baled for sell it to get money for reprocessing food • Tyres are used to • The smell of the make sandals rubbish tip is • Food scraps can feed overwhelming pigs and make worms • Sometimes rubber • All metals, glass and and plastic is burned plastics can be sold • There is plenty of food waste Resources? • There is a water and • There are hundreds of good electricity supply young men looking for • There are several pre- work schools and schools in • There are internet Café’s the Payatas B settlement in the slum at very • There is a concrete road reasonable prices two thirds of the way into • A major market is close the settlement by • There are many types of • Most slum dwellers have transport readily available unused land around there for hire houses – up to 600m2 • Many women have no • The land is fertile and the work climate is very good 20 pastors and leaders train to help the poor in Payatas • 20 passed the week long training course • Three new income generating cooperatives were birthed. • They will employ 80 people directly and provide an extra 6,000 – 8,000 Pesos per month to 80 families. How much capital is required to fund these new projects? • US$150 to help another squatter family start a pig raising farm. • NZ$US110 to help a poor family start a duck raising farm. • Donate US$375 to start a sandal making cooperative This information was gathered in • One week living in the slum community • Three entrepreneurs were located who were ready to implement the three cooperatives • The pastor knew a person who was ready to fund these cooperatives What can you do in the slum you are praying for? • People are waiting for you to help them, bring them hope • God is wanting to help you – their needs are a burden on His heart • Pray, build relationships, research, organise, act, and see what God will do.
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