Sharyl Angel was determined to carve a better life for herself when she left life on the streets and stepped into Tahanan Sta Luisa 10 years ago. “My inspiration to achieve my dreams is my siblings. I realize that I am the only one who can help them.” Tahanan supported her early studies, and with a benefactor Trustee, her dream to get a good college education
In 2018, she enrolled at the prestigious University of the Philippines, overcame her initial fears and slowly adjusted to university campus life. Despite the COVID lockdowns, she persisted and got excellent grades. She also helped the younger girls in Tahanan with their lessons so that they too would do well in school.
In 2022 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Studies.
She now works at FactSet Research Systems (Philippines), as a Research Analyst for publicly listed companies. “My future plans include staying in the research field, particularly venturing to marketing research and also a teaching career in tertiary education.”
She affirms that she is happiest and proud of her new life because she is now able to support herself, to send money to her mother in the province, and to support the schooling of her younger siblings. HER DREAM COME TRUE.
Last Christmas, Tahanan Sta. Luisa chose ten paintings by the girls which could be printed into note cards and sold as Christmas gifts with an advocacy message. The cards were sold in sets of ten, with the following cover message:
Thank you for choosing this special note card collection. These works of art are the joyful and hopeful expressions of the girls of Tahanan Sta. Luisa. Art therapy helps young girls recover from the traumas of abuse and exploitation from living in the streets. The girls enjoy art therapy and benefit from art workshops under the tutelage of renowned family members of National Artist Fernando Amorsolo. We share their art with you along with their hopes and dreams of a better future.
Hundreds of card sets have been sold and sent out. People who received them became interested in Tahanan and some extended support.
A recent example is a women's group who were inspired by the cards to raise funds and ask Tahanan for a wishlist. Last week, representatives of the women's group visited Tahanan to meet the girls and to bring their donations of money, food, and personal essentials. The girls happily hosted the guests with singing and dancing, wearing the pretty dresses they had sewn themselves, and proudly displaying and selling their art and crafts pieces and gardening produce.
The women came away moved and inspired by the girls and pledged to enter into a long-term engagement with Tahanan Sta. Luisa, which they saw as "truly a healing center." It was a happy and memorable occasion for all!
Tahanan Sta. Luisa believes that a street girl's first experiences in school can set the tone for her overall attitude toward learning. That's why we maximize every opportunity to help our street girls foster a love for school and learning.
As restrictions eased up and more schools opened, the girls of Tahanan participated in face-to-face classes and were very excited to learn with their peers and classmates.
We see to it that the girls have everything they need to thrive in school while also ensuring their safety and well-being at all times.
Our programs also reflect our advocacy to lead by example. Our social workers and caregivers do their best to influence the street girls in positive ways. We help street girls harness their potential by ...
Teaching them that failure is a stepping stone to success.
Making learning fun and enjoyable.
Allowing them to explore and follow their interests and passions.
Tahanan Sta. Luisa's mission is to empower street girls through education. We take concrete steps to raise girls that have a deep love for school and learning --- skills that will benefit them for years to come.
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