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.
The Holy Father is increasing his appeals to be aware of the poorest. The children of the Foundation ANAK-Tnk, who have experienced the horrors of the streets begging, violence, drugs, prostitution … took his word !
They have written to him so that he could pay them a visit ! ANAK-Tnk produced a short video were the messages of the Pope echo with the wounds of our children.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, had hand over around a thousand letters from our children and the video to Pope Francis in Rome at the beginning of October.
Last 23rd Septembre, ANAK-Tnk initiated the campaign « Even us ? » to fulfill the dream of these children. Pope Francis will be in Manila from January 15th to January 19th, 2015 and children of the Foundation are still hoping to see him !
One fourth of the shanty community of Sitio Damayan (Smokey Mountain of Tondo, Manila) has been devasted by a terrible fire, during the night of September 20,2013. 250 families lost everything. Tulay ng Kabataan is present in the middle of the dumpiste (Mother Teresa center).
TNK community workers help people affected, responding to urgent needs, such as food distribution and children cares. We need your help. You can help those unfortunate people donating in kind: sacks of rice, cans of food, powder milk for infant & children cloths.
You can drop your donation in TNK main admin: 94 Kalayaan Ave., Brgy Diliman, QC or in Makati drop point: 1827 Santan Street, Dasmarinas Village.
Contact and information: 435 59 12 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tulay ng Kabataan has celebrated its 15th Foundation Day last August 17, 2013. The feast started with the Holy Mass celebrated by H.E Archbishop Socrates B.Villegas in Edsa Shrine, during which five weddings were celebrated (3 TNK former children and 2 employees of the foundation). The 15th anniversary has followed in Pedro Poveda College with presentation numbers, videos, food and activities. Children and employees of our 4 programs shared this time together, with visitors, friends and sponsors.
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.