The Children of Tondo

Around Manila
March 18, 2010

Today I was privileged to get a tour of the garbage dump Tondo, home of 1.5 million of Manila’s residents.  It was one of the most humbling and disturbing experiences I’ve ever had and I still haven’t processed my experience enough to blog about it yet.  For now, the pictures will have to do it justice.  So for today, I want to start by showing you some of the faces of the beautiful children that call this trash dump home.

I did get all of my photos up on Smugmug and I must say that they are some of the finest that I’ve ever shot.  They’re also graphic and disturbing, but I do think I did a good job of capturing the reality of this place.  To learn more about what the Philippines Christian Foundation is doing at Tondo, check out their website.

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  1. My heavens, Sarah.

    There are no words.

    Yes, those are amazing pictures.

    But… such incredible poverty. Heartbreaking. Disturbing. Profound.

    I just cannot fathom…

  2. minnesotagal says:

    Yeah, I’m really in a funk. Having trouble pulling out of it. We are SOOO blessed, aren’t we?

  3. Maza says:


  4. Jen says:

    Wow, thank you!

  5. Cheryl says:

    Wow. So sad and heartbreaking for these kids……

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