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)
Christmas is a very special time: children feel even more the absence of roots and families. We try to bring a festive and joyful spirit trough this period and we offer a gift to each and every child of the foundation.
In France, in Singapore, in Switzerland, in UK and in United States, volunteers are organising symbolic actions in favour of Manila’s children. For several years now, there are various Christmas sales in London, Lausanne, Versailles, Bordeaux. Last year New Year’s Eve, volunteers invited their friends to support ANAK-Tnk placing a donation box under their Christmas tree.
In Manila, for several children living at the foundation it will be their first time celebrating this great annual Day with joy and simplicity. The Christmas party of “Street children program” will take place on December 17 in Quezon City, and then each centre will celebrate Christmas on December 25th.
Christmas season often appeals to generosity but this generosity must not just be “a way to ease our consciences”. This year let’s give a true meaning to Christmas and be generous with those who need love and attention above all.
Last October 20, Tulay ng Kabataan Urban Poor Community and Scavenger Children programs celebrated their 21th Foundation Day. At daybreak, hundreds of preschool children together with their parents – all clad in colourful costumes of Philippine festivities – had parade. As usual, each Childcare Centre was represented by a decorated float, a designed banner and flags depicting the Philippines various festive cultures. The grand party started by a mass of thanksgiving celebrated by our Executive Director Rev. Fr. Matthieu Dauchez in San Lorenzo Church of Navotas. The festive day culminated in a competition of Festival dance.
The commemoration was made possible through the cooperation and efforts of TNK Community Worker Volunteers and Staffs, parents, preschool children and tutees, as well as the parent/teacher working committees.
Tulay Ng Kabataan celebrated its 18th Foundation Day last August 13, 2016.
The distance we walked with you since 1998 is huge. 18 years full of hope, love, in a family atmosphere, thanks to you…
The way we work that has been built stone after stone has proven its efficiency.
Year after year, the children have given us strength and a desire to carry on and have bigger dreams for them, believe in the future and in their future, thanks to you…
To celebrate this 18th anniversary, the feast started with the Holy Mass celebrated by Rev.Fr.Matthieu Dauchez in Edsa Shrine. After Mass all the foundation gathered in Pedro Poveda College with presentation numbers, videos, food, awarding ceremony and activities. Children and employees of our 4 programs shared this time together, with visitors, friends and sponsors.
Go through the event with a great article of CBCP NewsHere!
Being a street educator is more than just an employment, it is a real vocation.
Creating with the kids a relationship based on trust requires very strong courage and patience and especially with the kids who are disabled. We meet many children everyday, they are all different and unique. New faces, new encounters. The street is our office, our daily place of work. We learn a lot from the kids, in particular how to survive in Manila’s urban jungle and how make do everyday. Our work as educators comprises two main activities. First, the Outreach which is awareness activities in the street. It consists of having two educators striding along the streets in Manila on a daily basis to meet children through games, simple conversations to get to know them better and introduce them to the Foundation. And then, the « Big Nights » which are night tours. A small team made of one educator in charge of the tour, a social worker, a voluntary worker and a driver go along the streets to collect the kids that want to join the Foundation. These are their first steps towards the Foundation and towards healing.
It is a fascinating job in which the kids teach us a lot.
After a great and wonderful 10 days Summer Camp in Quezon Province, we prepared the Back to School 2016 for all our children last mid-June. This is a crucial period especially for the ones who recently joined our foundation and will go back to school after a long period in the street. After a few months in Drop-In centers to help them become stable and quit their streets habits, they’ve been transferred in Residential Homes during May and June. In the Residential Homes, they find a family atmosphere and are enrolled in the neighboring formal schools where they mingle with other children of their age. The first day of school, as usual, revealed mixed feelings of apprehension and hope. Thankfully, the family atmosphere in our shelters is deeply helpful.
This is an important step in their life and a beautiful reward for all of us in our daily mission for those children in need.