Children of the Trash is the first film produced by Refuge Incorporated. This film tells the story of the children of The Philippines living in the garbage dump of Cebu City. These children have experienced intense violence, lived in extreme poverty, and suddenly had their lives changed through the love of another. The film follows the stories of 3 children through their struggles in gangs, prostitution, and starvation. Then for these three children, simple action and care from others completely changed their lives and their future. The purpose of this film, and Refuge Incorporated, is to motivate and inspire people to take action in their communities and begin to change the apathetic and selfish mentality of the fabric of society. The greatest change comes by changing ourselves, and we truly believe that what creates the most change in the world is people simply giving and taking action. This film’s purpose is to humanize the statistics of extreme poverty- to give a face, name, and story to the millions of children in extreme situations across the globe.
In the summer of 2012, our team journeyed to Cebu and filmed over 50 hours of high definition footage for this documentary. Over this trip, we lived with the kids in the garbage dumps, mountain sides, and beaches of Cebu to experience and document the lives of the people living in these tough situations. We interviewed over 20 people, including the parents of our focus children, several social workers, teachers, the city mayor, the focus children themselves, pastors, local parents, and experts in the fields of sex trafficking, mental health, economics, and theology.