Soda can art
In the midst of the infamous Smokey Mountain garbage dump, the most notorious slum in the Philippines, the foundation has transformed lives by employing residents to produce and sell one-of-a-kind fashion items.
Slum residents are hired to scour the Smokey Mountain garbage dump in Manila’s chaotic bayside Tondo district for aluminum cans with push tabs, which are then brought back to be upcycled at the Philippine Christian Foundation (PCF), an organization that Walker founded 16 years ago to help improve the lives of residents of the Manilla slum. Walker first visited the slums on a 1996 vacation. She recognized the need to help residents escape the poverty cycle by providing education, health care, skills training and more.
The Smokey Mountain garbage dump contains more than 2 million metric tons of waste and is home to a squatter slum with a population of about 30,000 people. Smokey Mountain derives its name from its well-known reputation of catching fire due to high temperatures resulting from rapid trash decomposition.