In the slums (EAP)



The Educational Assistance Programme (EAP) seeks to help children from Manila's poor
slum areas to have an education, at the same as sharing the gospel with them and their families.


Background

For a child growing up in the slums, their future without an education seems hopeless and predictable. Unlike many western countries, education in the Philippines is not free. Families do not always have enough to buy something to eat, let alone to consider funding an expensive education. As well as great physical need, there is also a great spiritual need. Most of these children and families would be steeped in superstitious Catholic traditions, knowing nothing of the great news of salvation.

Escape?

The EAP gives children from such areas the opportunity to go to school, which brings with it the possibility of escaping the poverty into which they were born. There are also many great opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ with these people, at the same time as helping meet some of their tremendous physical and social needs.

What the EAP provides

Children in the Educational Assistance Programme (EAP) are provided with a school uniform, shoes, clothes for sports lessons, a school bag, notebooks and other school materials. Help is also given for special school projects as well as a small monthly allowance.

A social worker monitors and supports the child, visiting their home, and liaising with the school. Regular meetings with at least one parent are arranged to discuss the child's progress and needs. During such times opportunities are taken to share the gospel. Parents and children are invited to attend meetings of the church, such as services and Sunday School. CCM also works with men from CRBC to provide Bible Studies for the areas CCM operates in.

Children in the programme benefit from free camps, practical training sessions, Biblical seminars, emergency assistance, and the church’s holiday Bible club (DVBS). We seek to help the whole family, not just the children: one way this happens is through parents’ committees. There is a free weekly Medical Clinic where medicines can be purchased at cost. CCM is also involved in Livelihood Projects which seek to increase the income of families so they can eventually become self-supporting.