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.
Rev. Fr. Matthieu Dauchez, Executive Director of the TNK Foundation gave a talk in France on “But why is God allowing such things ?”.
A great success!
– inParis , 1400 people came to listen to the lessons of the street children of Manila, last September 29th at église St Jean Baptiste de Grenelle – 75015 Paris
– in Lyon, 850 people have attended it last October 12th at église Sainte Croix – 27 rue de Condé – 69002 Lyon.
But why is God allowing such things ? This issue affects everyone without exception. Whether it be the evil, suffering, or death, each and every man is faced with this unanswered question. And when it comes to children, this thought takes a terrible dimension and highlights the “scandal of the evil” in a much more violent way. It ‘s unbearable. Many people have addressed this issue, excusing a God of goodness or rather irrevocably condemning a God that is cruel, but they have all faced an unfathomable mystery.
What if children, most innocent of victims, gave us some of the keys to this mystery ?
The conference in Paris has been fully filmed and posted on our Youtube channel(For french speakers)
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.
Since June 2016 H.E Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle is the new TNK chairman. Current president of Caritas Internationalis, Cardinal Tagle has always been insisting on helping the poor. Not only through words but in having a great consistency in life.
Cardinal Tagle is close to TNK since several years. During his first visit at TNK, on December 2013, he said to a group of our former street children: “Sometimes, you may think that you are the ones who always get help…That is also true. But you know, you are the ones who help us. We learn from you how to be strong, how to keep faith and how to continue loving in the midst of our situations in life.”
Since that visit, Cardinal Tagle hold a wide range of meetings with TNK, for the greatest joy of the children! All the foundation, children and staff are deeply grateful to Cardinal Tagle of being the chairman of their large family.
During summer time drawing activities were proposed to TNK children, thanks to one of our staff Kuya Alex Cristo. Since 4 years he is working at TNK as a trainor at the workshop dedicated to our children with special needs. Kuya Alex was himself a street child. As he says, drawing has been a therapeutic support to rebuilt his life after being abandoned by his family. It’s in this perspective that Kuya Alex offered to our children a « summer art workshop » which ended with an art exhibit with all the productions of the children. A great event which highlighted talented children.
After the success of this summer art workshop, Kuya Alex proposes now every Saturday drawing lessons to our children. A great way to express the feelings they cannot say through words.
ANAK-TNK UK has kindly been invited by Place4success to join their event the Success Fair on the 19th of April at Baden Powell House 65-67 Queen’s Gate London SW7 5JS. Picture albums, Fr Matthieu Dauchez books : “Begging for love”, “le prodigieux mystère de la joie” and “Plus fort que les ténèbres” as well as hand made baby clothes were available for sale.