Purple Community Fund
WHO AND HOW ARE YOU SUPPORTING WHEN PURCHASING A PURPLE COMMUNITY FUND PRODUCT?
The Purple Community Fund run community projects to help socially disadvantaged families transform their lives through education, health, nutrition and skills training.
Their main focus is working with dumpsite communities in the Philippines with smaller projects also taking place elsewhere in Asia, Africa and the UK.
When founder Jane Walker (MBE) travelled to the Philippines she visited a shanti and discovered families living in shacks the size of small garden sheds. In order to survive the families including children as young as 2 would riffle through the dump sites looking for plastic, metal and glass. They would take this rubbish to a man to be weighed at the end of the day and would receive the equivalent of a few pence which would be enough to buy them a small amount of rice or noodles.
Looking to change the lives of these children Jane and her sister Ange built a school made out of recycled shipping containers which ended child labour on that dump site. Since then The Purple Community Fund has educated over 16,000 children. The charity also helps with the following:
Livelihood and Skills Training: The families are shown other things that they can do using the rubbish from the dump sites. Mothers are taught sewing and textile skills and earn a generous, sustainable and reliable wage by transforming ring pulls from the tops of drinks cans into a beautiful range of bags and purses. Fathers receive training skills in the construction industry and support into employment
Community Feeding: Families often survive on one or two small meals a day consisting of mainly rice and gravy. The Purple Community fund are currently renovating a kitchen in order to provide a daily hot and nutritious meal
Community Health: Families are unable to afford basic health care. In partnership with The Local Church (KCM), The Purple Community fund will run a community walk in clinic and train and equip 50 mothers as community health workers in primary health and preventative care. Over 100,000 people have been saved so far by the health programmes
PURPLE COMMUNITY FUND PRODUCTS ARE:
UPCYCLED FROM OLD CAN RING PULLS
HOW THE PRODUCTS ARE MADE:
Rubbish is collected by the families living on the dumpsites
The rubbish is cleaned and sorted
The artisans are taught sewing and textile skills in order to provide for their families
The bags and purses are finished and packaged ready for selling
The families that live on the dumpsites collect ring pulls from cans to create the stylish detailing. The thread used is mainly curtain thread which is surplus supply from a shop in the local market which follows PCF's ethical policies