Story of establishment

Meet the girls


During a study tour to the Philippines in the summer of 1994, a woman working as a child care worker and a high school teacher met. They experienced a homestay in the Payatas area and learned about the harshness of life of garbage workers and the harsh realities that children face. There, they met a girl, about 14 years old.

She was about 14 years old. She should be in junior high school by right, but she works at a trash heap. I asked her, “What do you want to do now? When I asked her what she wanted to do, she replied that she wanted to go back to second grade.

She gave up on going to school in the second grade, and has been working in this mountain of trash every day since then… Seeing her there, they decided they had to do something about it, so they returned to Japan.



Construction of a kindergarten in Payatas

The year after their visit, they had plans to build a kindergarten in the Payatas, so when they returned to Japan, they helped to raise money for the construction of the kindergarten in Japan. The kindergarten was successfully built, and the two visited the Payatas again to attend the opening ceremony.

However, they learned that the 19 children who graduated from the kindergarten would not be able to go on to elementary school because their families could not afford to pay for their schooling. These children, who had taken the trouble to learn to read, would have to go to the trash instead of going to school after graduation.




The birth of Salt Payatas 


At that time, the annual amount of money needed for one child to attend school was about 12,000 yen per year, and for 12,000 yen, a child in the Philippines would have the opportunity to have an education. Knowing this, I’m sure there will be people who will sympathize with them and help them.

The duo appealed to friends and acquaintances around them and found sponsors for each of the 19 children who would graduate from kindergarten. From their humble efforts to “bring 19 children to school”, Salt Payatas was born. Gradually, with the help of students and expatriates living in Manila, the program grew and expanded.


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