Frequently Asked Questions
Children of the Dump works in conjunction with a local charity on the ground in Manila. We have audited accounts that are available on the website. As a UK Charity we are regulated by the Charities Commission- a legal body which oversees all UK charities and their activities. We are a not-for-profit organisation. The continued support we receive depends on us showing that we use our money efficiently and effectively.
Children of the Dump operates in conjunction with ASCF (Asian Student Christian Foundation), our partner charity in the Philippines, who manage the day to day running of the programmes and are responsible for local fundraising in the Philippines. Trustees of ASCF are drawn from all works of the community and include lawyers, clerics and other professionals, each of whom either has a personal connection to the charity or has worked with the charity for a number of years. The ASCF is a private non-profit child and family welfare and development organisation duly licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in The Philippines
In every case it is the local community members who select which children will become sponsored.
Sponsorship aims to support the child right the way from Pre-School through the entire education process which lasts many years. This continuity is important because it aims to ensure that children are able to complete their education and become successful independent adults. The benefits that the child receives are also felt within the immediate family, particularly with brothers and sisters as well as helping to build a sustainable community in what is a hostile environment.
The money is administered locally in the Philippines where social workers check that the sponsored children are participating effectively in the educational programmes. If things go wrong the support is there to help get the sponsored child back on track.
Perhaps you are no longer able to sponsor a child. You can stop the sponsorship at any time for any reason. No child will be taken out of school. Children of The Dump will fund the child out of reserves and in the longer term will look for new sponsors.
You will receive personalised reports on the progress of your child and you have the opportunity to send letters and cards through the UK address. The children love to hear from their sponsors and will respond with short letters.
We have been working in Payatas since 1975 to improve the lives of children in the Payatas Dump so over that time we have learned what works best. We help change a child’s life by working with the family as well as the child. This means building long term support and trust which may include transforming the way people think to ensure that the children can have better futures. We work within the community and have close local ties with the local authorities to ensure that our work is within the law and is completely relevant and appropriate for life in the Philippines.
If you would like to make a Regular Monthly gift then you can set up a direct debit through your bank. We have a Standing Order form for you to take to your bank. If you are a UK tax payer it would be great if you post to us a filled out Gift Aid Certificate which lets us claim an extra amount from the government at no cost to you.
You can also post a cheque to Children of The Dump at:
Children of the Dump, High Cross Church, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SY.
You can make a payment through your bank to:
Town Centre Branch
Bank Sort Code 40-43-36
Account Name Asian Students Christian Trust
Account Number 01146629
Quoting the reference: General Fund
Children of the Dump is proud that at least 80% of expenditure goes directly to the Philippines. The rest of the money raised is used to cover the cost of setting up the programmes, creating fundraising opportunities and ensuring that money is spent wisely in the UK and the Philippines
Yes. If you are a UK tax payer and you tick the button when you sign up then Children of The Dump can claim 25p for every £1 that you give to the charity. This costs you nothing.