Left to their own devices in the streets of Manila, these children have no other solution than begging, stealing, taking drugs and prostituting. In a city where poverty is at every street corner, any way to get money to survive is a good way. It is surprising to see how easily and how often these children in the streets of Manila get abused. A law exists that strictly condemns it but is poorly applied in many cases. The vast majority of the foundation’s children have been sexually abused in the street. The victims are barely heard by a corrupt justice, thus creating a situation highly favourable to these conscienceless predators…
After witnessing the injustice and wounds caused by these abuses, ANAK decided to act to protect these children and give them credit.
The foundation therefore created “Agapay”, an aiding group aiming to:
– take care of the victims,
– prevent the situation upstream,
– act on the ground, which means take part in the police operations in cooperation with local authorities and ensure the follow-up of the complaints, with the assistance of pro bono lawyers.