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1. PHILIPPINES
MILK Philippines is our counterpart in the Philippines implementing programmes targeted at children and youth in Tala. Tala, located in the outskirts of Manila City, has a population of 38,000 who live almost as outcasts because of the unfortunate legacy of being a ‘leper’ colony.  Many children lack nutrition and education and grow up with low self-esteem. MILK Philippines reaches out to these children by offering them opportunities in vocational education and other programmes.

A. START Learning Centre:
Partner: MILK Philippines

START Learning Centre is an extension of the nursery and feeding centre run by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. The preschool provides nutrition and medical attention and a warm and conducive learning environment that the children may otherwise not receive at home.

B. MILK Scholarship for Students in Tala:
Partner: MILK Philippines

MILK Philippines provides scholarships to a group of students identified by school management staff and verified by home visits conducted by a social worker.  To help the children achieve their maximum learning potential and access good employment opportunities without being marginalised due to financial difficulty, they receive yearly grants until they finish college.

2. THAILAND
MILK’s work is in regions of Thailand which has a high concentration of poor rural communities. MILK supports social enterprise pilot projects as a strategy to bring these communities out of their poverty and offer them a livelihood.
                                                                                                                           
A. School Lunch Farm and Development Programme (North-Eastern Thailand):
Partner: Milk of Life

The school lunch farm programmes in Nang Rong and Nong Bua Lamphu in north-eastern Thailand helps impoverished families and their children by creating a self-sustaining economy. The farms are within the schools and the produce is used to feed the students and to generate profits to support the development of the schools. While PDA is helping with current operations, the set up of a new entity, which will gradually take on the programme, is underway.

B. Marine Fishery Programme (South Thailand):
Partner: Sustainable Development and Research Foundation

The Marine Fishery programme on Koh Yaow Island helps marginalised fishing communities in and around Koh Yaow Island, Phung Nga Province. The programme includes building a Grouper and Spiny Lobster hatchery which will act as a base for grassroots development. Technical training and marine species fry will be provided to the local fishing communities so that they can raise these marine species, thereby creating a sustainable livelihood.

3. TIMOR LESTE
As a very young nation, Timor Leste has one of the highest child and infant mortality rates in the world. MILK’s work in Timor Leste involves primary health care, maternal and child health, education and economic development programmes.

A. Fundasaun Alola Programmes:
Partner: Fundasaun Alola

Fundasaun Alola, an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of women and mothers, runs Advocacy, Maternal and Child Health, Education and Literacy, and Economic Development programmes. MILK started out with supporting Fundasaun Alola’s capacity building. Going forward, MILK’s support will extend to meeting other gaps faced in their programmes.

4. PAKISTAN
Pakistan has been suffering from the effects of severe poverty and religious extremism for the past three decades. These have caused much chaos and high crime rates. The lack of education and low literacy rate is a major contributing factor to these problems. Due to security and political issues, very few local non-governmental organisations are willing to come forward to help address these problems.

A. Care Channels Learning Centre:
Partner: Care Channels International Ltd

The Care Channels Learning Centre was set up to provide quality preschool education to the urban poor of Lahore, Pakistan. Very few of these families are able to afford school fees, though many children are poor but deserving students. The learning centre is made up of 4 levels – Toddlers, Playgroup, Nursery and Kindergarten. An informal kindergarten will also be set up in a brick kiln area to serve the poorest of the poor where poor people are enslaved by brick kiln owners, to make education available to their children who would otherwise have no opportunities to attend school, by helping them develop early reading and writing skills. With access to education, these children have an opportunity to break out of the poverty cycle.

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