WATCH: This celebration of teacher's month, a street educator from Childhope Philippines, Isko, shared his life as a former street kid and now teaches as a way of giving back.
Isko joined Childhope’s street education program for street children. He attended alternative education sessions --- where he learned about reading, writing, children’s rights, good values, and spirituality. He enjoyed watching videos that taught him about the basics of proper hygiene, and the importance of family, friendship, and dreams.
But more than literacy and numeracy, the street education program equipped him with life skills to overcome challenges. Through his active participation in the program, Isko slowly developed his talents, built his confidence and self-worth, and carved out a better future for himself.
It’s not an easy journey, and there will always be people and circumstances trying to break you and bring you down. But you can always make a choice to use these problems as opportunities to learn and do better.
“By not giving up in the face of adversity, I assure you that you will become stronger. You can only live a life worth living when you finally decide to face all of their fears and take the first step forward,” said Isko.
At present, Isko is paying it forward in their own simple ways. From a street child, Isko is now a street educator who is on a mission to create more “Iskos.” He said nothing makes him happier than protecting, guiding, and empowering the little street children.
“I want to make a positive impact in the lives of thousands of street children, just like my former Ates (elder sister) and Kuyas (elder brother) from Childhope. I want street kids to know that life does get better if you keep your head up and work hard enough,” said Isko.
The street kids’ dreams live on. And with your support, more and more street children can be like Isko --- already living stories of success, hope, and inspiration.
We encourage you to be part of our street education program, by giving back in the best way you can. There are a lot of opportunities to share the kindness --- you can donate and help us fund and sustain our programs; you can help us with in-kind donations; and you can volunteer to share your time, talents, and skills to hone the street children.
By sharing the kindness, you can be part of a meaningful journey of transforming the lives of street children. Why wait? The time is now.
WATCH the full story in this link: https://youtu.be/LGvwrqf5C1Q