The Dekeyser&Friends Foundation supports different initiatives and organizations, who are a good fit with the Foundation’s mission. The Foundation is engaged in a development program in the Philippines – the Compostela Village – which offers new perspectives to scavenger families.
RE-HOUSING IN THE PHILIPPINES
The Dekeyser&Friends Foundation is helping to fund the construction of a village on the Philippine island of Cebu offering scavengers from local dumpsites a new perspective and standard of living. The Compostella Village project is being implemented in collaboration with JPIC-IDC (a local NGO), the German Karl-Kübel Foundation, DEDON Philippines, and through the support of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the BMZ.
The Compostella Village project includes the construction of new houses as well as livelihood initiatives for 50 families who have previously lived and worked on a nearby garbage dump. A new architectural concept was developed between architects Jean-Marie Massaud and Daniel Pouzet. As part of the construction efforts, some beneficiaries had the chance to learn the skill of weaving in a training with DEDON Philippines, which will then help them to secure employment. The goal of this project is to offer these families, and especially the children of these families, a new life with enhanced access to education resulting in a brighter future.
The Compostela village project was started in 2010 and is currently under construction. The first 40 of the total 50 families were able to move into their new homes in autumn 2012 and spring 2013.