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This video below gives a brief impression of the houses in the Smokey Mountain area and the locations of Young Focus centers. The video is about 1.5 minutes.
What students say about Young Focus
Young Focus is my mom’s partner in supporting my studies to achieve my goal in life. Young Focus enhances my knowledge through tutorials and it teaches me to be a good example to everyone. I am very thankful to be part of this sponsorship program. They treat me as family and all the staff are approachable.- Jennie
Young Focus are like my second family and my second home. They teach me a lot of things and how life could be, and for me I would be nothing without Young Focus. They boost my self-confidence to face my fears and other people.- Jovan
Young Focus has a lot of roles in my life. For example, it is supporting me in my studies, supplies my needs, and is always there to give me advice. And the most important thing is that Young Focus is the way to reach my dreams. Young Focus has never let me solve my problems alone, and is always there to comfort me every time I feel down. In Young Focus I’ve learned a lot of things, and Young Focus has become my teacher and my family to support me as I study. Thank you for supporting me no matter what.- Rey-An
Young Focus has played a big role in my life. If it wasn’t for Young Focus, I might have stopped going to school and I might not be able to go to college. The staff persuade you to study hard and make your studies a priority, rather than a romantic relationship.- Jessieny
This video below gives a good impression on the Smokey Mountain area where Young Focus works and the educational programs offered to the children. The video is about 9 minutes.
‘Scavengers’ collect garbage for recycling from barges in the Smokey Mountain area
Copyright photo: Bernhard Lang (http://www.bernhardlang.de)
From scavenging to dreaming his dreams again, ‘Gerry’ (not his real name) has gone through many different challenges to realize who he is now. It was in 2008 that ‘Gerry’ decided to go back to school. He enrolled himself in school and his parents only found out about...read more
In 2013, Young Focus started providing education to little children from ages 4 – 6 through the program Child Care PLUS (CC+). It aims to provide a high quality early childhood care program helping the child’s social/ emotional, physical and cognitive...read more
Writing for some is a hobby, but for ‘Mercy’ (not her real name) it is something that has developed her self-esteem. ‘Mercy’ is a Grade 7 student and has been sponsored by Young Focus since she was in Grade 5. She is already 18 years old and is quite a bit older than...read more
Manila, the capital of the Philippines, has gained attention in terms of its poverty, especially the area of Smokey Mountain in Tondo. This has been the location of several enormous garbage dumps over the last fifty years or so, where many people earn a meager living...read more
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