Bamboo Village (Manila)

Bamboo Village is an area of Manilla inhabited by around 150 families, all of whom are considered informal settlers. During the rainy season this region often floods, and many children have been swept away by flood waters. In areas where the water remains for some time it becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and children there are malnourished, dishevelled and suffering from disease.

CRY supports a medical care service and feeding programme in the area, seeking to improve physical conditions and quality of life and trying to raise the health and life expectancy of around 600 children a year. Because of the project each child gets access to a free medical consultation every six months, assessing their medical needs and improving their health. They also get a daily hot meal and vitamin supplements.