Manilla trip for Broch volunteers

MISSION: Paul Ritchie (and Charles Duthie, who will be part of the team, with a collection of foot ware for the kids living on the dumps.
MISSION: Paul Ritchie (and Charles Duthie, who will be part of the team, with a collection of foot ware for the kids living on the dumps.

In June, a Fraserburgh team will undertake a mission trip to a rubbish dump in the centre of Manilla, where thousands live in horrendous conditions.

Fraserburgh Community Church have partnered up with the Kalayaan Community Ministries, which brings hope and help to those affected by poverty and injustice in the Philippines.

The mission for those going on the trip is to build floors and concrete walls, to repair the roofs and to provide supplies both medical and practical, such as rubber boots, to the people living there.

Brocher Paul Ritchie, 41, will lead the mission.

He said: “I saw an appeal on TV and then someone came to my church and showed us pictures of these kids up to their knees in water. I thought to myself that I would do something to try and help them. I put out an advert for people to get in touch if they wanted to join me and three other local men volunteered.

“I am a joiner and I will be using my skills to raise the floor of the big building in the middle of the dump so when the monsoons hit it doesn’t flood.”

Mr Ritchie is now looking for donations of boots from locals to protects the dump kids from disease.

The team head off to Manilla in June for 10 days and anyone who would like more information about donating tools or wells should contact Paul at paul.prj@live.co.uk.