Even Streetchildren are Our Future

I had a fulfilling Saturday afternoon last Oct 15. I spent it with some of the street children in Manila. Instead of just staying at home, watching TV and wasting my time away, I went out and met these kids.

I signed up for Accenture’s volunteer program for teaching street children, partnering with ChildHope Asia Philippines and now I have a wonderful chance to reach out to these often neglected and misunderstood members of our society.

Prior to our immersion in the field, the staff of ChildHope Asia Philippines oriented us about the organization, their advocacy, and their activities.


Christian, one of CHAP’s staff, is asking the children to illustrate their "pangarap" (dreams) on a piece of paper.

One of the children shares that he wants to be a football player or a policeman someday so that he can help his family. He said that he will only be able to achieve his dreams if he can finish his studies.Kuya Christian tells them a story of a man who was able to achieve his dream because he had confidence in himself. And he shared to them inspiring stories of Henry Sy, Isko Moreno, and Manny Pacquiao. Simple, poor men who believed in their dreams, worked hard, and are now successful. He encouraged them that someday, they can also be like them.

 

We also went to another site, a park in Manila to observe another group of street children. When we arrived, kuya PeeWee, one of CHAP’s teachers, introduced as to the children and they all flocked to us para mag mano. On the picture below, the children are watching a short film on the mobile classroom of CHAP – a part of their values formation.

I really admire the people behind ChildHope Asia Philippines. Its organizers, staff, and volunteers are all working together to help make a difference in these children’s lives. Some of us may get easily irritated by these kids begging on the streets or in jeepneys and consider them as eye sores but if you really try to see beyond what your eyes could see, you’d discover that these are just children, hungry for the society’s love and acceptance. As the song goes, "I believe that the children are our future, teach them well, and let them lead the way… Show them all the beauty they possess inside, give them a sense of pride…"

6 thoughts on “Even Streetchildren are Our Future

  1. Thanks for sharing this post! Often times I am appalled at the increasing number of streetchildren I see around, especially near our current Accenture office. I salute those kids who make an effort to do something about their situation by selling merchandise, while I reel in digust at those who simply beg for easy money.

    It’s a painful sight, especially when you see that some of them have turned to sniffing rugby right in front of you. Even those that carol inside jeepneys are no longer a treat. It’s beginning to feel like daylight robbery.

    I should understand their situation, but it takes more than that. It’s not just the kids’ problems, is it? We need to look into issues like family planning, education, irresponsible media, etc.

    I’d really like to help in one way or another, but I simply don’t know where to start. Besides, feeding programs are not enough. Its hard to change anything with just that; the same with giving loose change when they say they need to buy bread. ( Will they buy bread? We’ll never know though. )

  2. I wish CHAP could have a branch here in Cebu. I also want to share my time with this kids ‘ Instead of just staying at home, watching TV and wasting my time away’.🙂

  3. Sometimes these children who are connoated as “criminal, addict, bad people, robbers etc.” are those people who really needs love, care and attention.

    Sometimes, those who are unlovable physically, and ignored by the society are those who are really in need not just in material things but also the emotional and spiritual things.

    In your blog ate my🙂 I just learned we are created to change somebody. We may not be qualified to help every person we meet. But somebody needs something we posses.🙂 It may be our wamth, love, gifts or a special opportunity we can provide them.🙂

    Salute to CHAP..🙂 GODBLESS

  4. I agree. It takes more than just understanding their situation and feeling sorry for them. Poverty is obviously a big problem in our country and for me, the best way we could solve this is by reaching out to them, being with them, and educating them.

    It’s not an easy job. Just sparing time, traveling to their location on a day when we are supposed to relax and enjoy, is already hard. It takes a lot of commitment. And I really salute all those who have volunteered for this program.

    Geff, there are actually a lot of ways to help them – without money involved. One way is by being one of CHAP’s volunteers.🙂

  5. I believe right now, CHAP is focusing on the street children of Metro Manila. I am not so sure if they hold an office at Cebu City. But I believe there are other organizations with an advocacy such as CHAP’s that is also operating at Cebu City.🙂

  6. Hi Kat!

    You’re right. These people are the ones who need more of our love and attention because they have been through really rough and tough times. Most of them were abused (sexually, physically, or emotionally) at a very young age. It would make us feel very lucky to be not one of them.

    I know you are also doing charity work for such children and I hope there will be more young people like you who would share their time, talent, and treasure to make a difference in this world.

    God bless you!

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