Children surviving in the streets of Manila are easy preys for the gangs and most of them become drug addicts and fall victims to all kinds of abuses (physical, sexual,…). They survive by begging, stealing, and prostituting themselves. In the streets of Manila, each gang has its own territory. Gangs are a scourge for street children. Those youth are modern-day slavery and their tattoos are signs of belonging. The Foundation help them recover freedom by removing their tatoos.
After years of fighting against his incurable disease, Darwin, a young boy suffering from myopathy we often talked about, passed away on September 23rd, 2012. His death was a great blow and left a deep void in our lives: we miss his presence, his smile and his words that were always affectionate. Darwin taught us inspiring life lessons, which are a reflection of his short life. He is a true inspiration to all the street children for the painful but courageous experience he lived during the first years of his life in the streets of Manila. He also inspires courage to sick persons for the way he managed his illness, which he boldly called his “mission”. Most of all, Darwin reminds us with a tremendous strength, that the number of years we live is not essential; the most important thing is the intensity of love we put in each and every ordinary action of our daily life. This child did not do something meaningful in his life; he could not, his body prevented him from acting; but, in the sight of God, he gave us an insatiable heart for love.