Grapevine Outreach

The outreach programme is for students who remain living with family, but without help could end up working on the dump .

Keeping families together

Grapevine is an outreach programme for gifted children, like Maria Ocampo*, who remains living with her sister Mercy and mother Angel but without support would find attending school very difficult and may have to abandon her education and work as a scavenger on the dump to provide income for the family.

Support for schooling

Through Grapevine, the Ocampo family receive financial support for books and travel to school until Maria completes her full time education in local schools, colleges and even University, giving her the best opportunity to reach her potential.
Crucially Children of the Dump covers the income that Maria would otherwise earn helping her mum scavenge on the the Dump, allowing her to carry on her studies without the pressure of feeling she should be helping her family.

Monitoring progress

Grapevine also ensures that Maria is supported in her studies by professionally trained local teachers with extra Saturday morning tuition, as well as meeting regularly with a social worker who monitors her progress and overall wellbeing.

Sharing the benefits

As with many of the children, Maria shares the benefits of Grapevine with her sister at home and she has helped Mercy to learn to read and write. The support doesn't stop there, as Maria's mother, Angel, is also given the support and education she needs to help Maria with her studies. For many parents in Payatas, this is the first formal education they have received.

Creating a positive cycle

Grapevine students and their parents are proud of the opportunities that education offers them, with some Grapevine students choose to give back to their communities by training as teachers, social or medical workers.

Maria's Story

Maria Ocampo is thankful for her British sponsor who supports her education. She uses what she has learned at school to teach her younger sister. 

Your sponsorship can make this happen

To be able to participate each Grapevine child like Maria needs £25 of support every month. That is less than £1 per day. You can choose to sponsor a specific child, or to give to the project generally.

As well as knowing that you are transforming the life of a child like Maria, you will also receive:

- Introductory information about your sponsored child -

- An end of school year annual report on your child’s progress - 

- A Christmas card written by your child -


£25 per month gives your sponsored child the full opportunity at school with books, uniforms and travel fares as well as support for the family and childs full education 

See children who need sponsorship today by clicking the button below

If you would like to donate regularly with a card (through Pay Pal) but without sponsoring a student click the button below

For a regular donation by standing order please download our Standing Order Form below

More on sponsorship


You are invited (but do not have to) send  birthday and Christmas cards to your child in our regular parcels to Manila. If you want to send a  gift we ask that you  make a bank payment to us in the UK, £10 is a good amount,  and we transfer that to the Philippines. Your sponsored child gets to spend that locally. Please note that it can take a couple of months to get cards to your child.


Peace of mind

Don’t worry if you are unsure about making a long term commitment to sponsorship. You can stop your sponsorship (or change the amount) at any time and Children of The Dump will make sure that there is a replacement in place so that your child suffers no disappointment

Share sponsorship

If you don’t want to fully sponsor a child that is fine too and you might like to make a contribution every month sharing sponsorship with another supporter of Children of the Dump.

Success Story

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