Since several months, our street educators have reported a new phenomenon in the streets of Metro Manila. In addition to the children who are abandoned in the streets, they now meet also old people abandoned at the last stage of their life. Some of them are even dying in the streets in suffering, rejection and loneliness. This situation reveals unfortunately that human misery is growing in Manila’s streets.
As the mission of the foundation is to help the most unfortunate ones of Metro Manila, we decided to tackle this new emergency. Just as we are sheltering street children abandoned by their families, our project is to offer to those old people abandoned and dying in the streets a shelter with a family atmosphere.
Our goal is the same: to take care of the most vulnerable.
Moreover, our plan is greater than opening a shelter, the project is to recreate ‘family-links’. We think that intergenerational ties generate positive and fruitful effects in the stability of our streets children and on the well-being of old people. By launching this new project we will offer Grandparents for our street children by bonding events and activities, together, as a family.
The new shelter for old people abandoned in the streets will be opened soon. A house dedicated to them is ready and the first Lola (grandmother) arrived from the streets few days ago in the middle of April.
Today more than ever we can say: ‘We’re all FAMILY here at ANAK-Tnk foundation!’
Last January 10th, 2017, very early morning, a terrible fire devastated Market 3, one of the slum of the port of Navotas, Manila, where ANAK-Tnk foundation is present through a day-care center for children in the middle of the slum of Market 3.
Our center is ruined.
Our beneficiaries, a part of our staff and more than a thousand of families lost everything…
We remain in the « urgency » phase:
* Families were temporarily relocated to the neighboring and fortunately covered basketball court, while waiting for an alternative solution for accomodation; * The slum area is still being “cleared up” but a few families were allowed to move back to the site. Some of them are already re-building shanties from wood and metal parts they gathered here and there. * ANAK-Tnk staff and Community workers on the field 24/7, helping families cope with the situation morally, analyzing their needs, collecting, packing and distributing the much-needed equipments and food.
This is all possible thanks to your overwhelming support, whether it be through donations in kind (which enable us to prepare those much needed packages) or through online donations that will help us rebuild as soon as possible. For all of this, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
This is just the beginning and those families still need us all, We still need your HELP!
– by donating online (http://en.anak-tnk.org/select-your-living-country)
– by donating in kind if you live in Manila (Cans of food, Sacks of Rice, Blanket, soap)