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.
Summer holidays are behind you, it’s now time to commit yourself to an organisation for the coming months. ANAK-Tnk and its members in France, UK, Switzerland, Singapore and in USA are waiting for you to join and bring any personal help you can to the children of Manila.
Moreover, schools, parishes and associations are now preparing their annual schedules. It is still time to get in touch with them to organise an event in favour of ANAK-Tnk for Christmas 2015, Lent 2016 or to organise theatre shows, concerts, etc…
We can provide a communication kit, therefore do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you in your action: firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank you for taking time to help these children who deserve it so much!
Last May, the media-web branch of the “Chemin Neuf Community”, NET FOR GOD, came to produce a documentary at the heart of the foundation in Manila. The DVD “The Secret of Joy” just came out and is available in 15 languages. Lenght: 34 minutes.
“In Manila, capital of the Philippines, numerous children of the slums, or that live out in the Streets, abandoned by their families are left to their own device, being easy preys for any types of predators. A foundation, ANAK-Tnk, carried out by a French priest, Rev.Fr.Matthieu Dauchez, fights to tear them away from the worse and build with them their future. At the heart of distress, the experience of a light, of joy being stronger than anything, which finds its roots in union with Christ.
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 !