Press Release

 

1 July 2009

SOUTHAMPTON STUDENTS RETURN TO THE PHILIPPINES


Students from two Southampton Colleges have teamed up to form the Sholing Campus Philippines Project 2010.


Ex students of Grove Park Business and Enterprise College are returning to the Philippines with students from The Sholing Technology College who will be making their first visit to Manila.


Working with the Hedge End based Philippines Community Fund (PCF), the fifteen girls and ten boys will build an adventure playground at the site of a new school which is nearing completion, and work with students in the PCF schools.


The new school, which is being build on land close to the infamous, and now disused Smokey Mountain dumpsite, has been constructed using 78 redundant shipping containers. The structure, when complete will  be the largest of its kind  in the world, made entirely from recycled shipping containers, and the school will be a contender for the Guinness Book of Records- no mean feat for a small charity working against monumental odds, to provide education, health care and training for some of the poorest families in the world.


Playdale of Cumbria, one of the UK’s foremost playground manufacturers are once again providing the equipment for the new playground which will be installed by the team during their two week visit to Manila in February. 


Elliotts, the South Hampshire Builders Merchants, with Lafarge and British Gypsum provided 600 sheets of plasterboard which will be used to line out the classroom walls of the new school.


This year, three container loads of equipment will leave the Eastleigh premises of  local self storage company, Ready Steady Store, with much needed supplies for the community and equipment for the new school.


The first of the three containers was dispatched in late February, crammed full to overflowing with donations including school tables and chairs , a gift from Hiltingbury Infants School in Chandlers Ford, and Crofton Hammond Junior School in Stubbington. Local stationery suppliers Whitegrove, with Fortis Insurance, supplied  much needed stationery products, which will be greatly valued at the school.


A second container left in May with more school furniture, office furniture, building supplies, and two commercial baling machines. One of the baling machines packages cardboard, and the second compresses plastic bottles.


These machines will enable the communities served by PCF in Manila to increase their earnings potential from the handling of recycled cardboard and plastic.


All members of the team traveling to Manila in February must first raise six hundred pounds of funding and sponsorship towards their place. The group must then raise a further four hundred pounds per head to cover food, accommodation and transport and  to pay for equipment which the group will need for their project and to fund the cost of coaches to take the PCF children on day trips whilst the team is in Manila.


The final container of the year will leave in early November, with more classroom furniture, and the playground equipment for the new school. We are anxious to source tools, toys, medical supplies, soap, flannels, toothpaste, towels, wellington boots, blankets and fleece jackets (which are used to make teddy bear toys). We are also keen to source vinyl and ceramic floor tiles for the new school.


PCF is a small charity struggling to meet overwhelming needs. Sholing Campus Philippines Project 2010 is anxious to help. Will you help too?