To help more street children to help themselves

by Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc
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To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
Ms. Poe together with the street children
Ms. Poe together with the street children

“Gawin nating instrumento ang kasalukuyang katayuan natin para maabot natin ang kanya-kanyang layunin natin sa buhay.” (Let us use our present state as an instrument to reach for our future goals in life.)

 

These were the words of Ms. Lovi Poe as she gives an inspirational talk to the street children participants and guests during Childhope Philippines’ MusiKalye 2018: A Showcase of Talents by RockEd-Mobile Music School Participants, held at Adamson University, November 17.

 

Ms. Poe is revealed during the event as the organization’s newest Ambassador of Hope, taking on the personal advocacy and commitment to help uplift the lives of street children through campaigning for children’s rights, especially for education, health and welfare.

 

“Marami na po akong na kilalang tao mula sa iba’t ibang antas ng pamumuhay, na natalikuran ng pag-asa. Ngunit ang Childhope ay nandyan upang (muling) buhayin ang pag-asang iyon,” she added. (I have known people from all walks of life who have lost hope. Childhope is here to bring back hope in their lives.)

 

She says she is very happy that with Childhope Philippines, she found an organization with the same principles and advocacy as hers.

 

“We are very humbled and honored to welcome Ms. Lovi Poe to the Childhope Philippines family as our Ambassador of Hope. She is truly an inspiration to the children, and she has been actively doing charity works and advocating for children’s welfare with us for the past few years,” said Dr. Herbert Quilon Carpio, Executive Director.

 

“She never had any second thoughts when we asked her if she would be our ambassador. She believes in our mission and her heart goes out to the street children,” added Ms. Mylene Lagman, the organization’s Resource Mobilization and Communications Manager.

Ms. Poe ended her speech reminding the children not to lose hope because people who faced hardships in order to achieve their dreams are the ones who have good life stories to tell.

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Childhope Philippines continuously provides skills training to the underprivileged youth and their families to enable them to earn for independent living and provide a sustainable pathway out from staying and living on the streets.

Under its banner program, the Street Education and Protection Program (STEPP), the Vocational - Technical Skills Training Project for street youth gives opportunities to develop their skills, build their character and confidence, in the hope of finding a decent job to earn income to support themselves and their families.

Moreover, the goal of this project is to tap local experts in different skill areas which are in demand in the community. Among them are car washing, hotel and restaurant services, housekeeping, massage therapy, and cosmetology.

Recently, a training on silk-screen printing was conducted wherein 14 number of street youth participated. Facilitated by Mr. John Baybayin, one of Childhope’s street educators and Voc-Tech Skills Trainer, the silk screen printing course introduced a new skill to the participants, which will enable them to earn money.

“Aside from sharing my expertise to them, I want them to learn the importance of what they are doing. It is important that they derive inspiration to persevere from their own families, and for themselves.” Baybayin said.

“These children do not have the opportunity to enter or finish school. That’s is why Childhope pursues this project, because we see that it will be a great help for them to find a good and decent job. And if they find good jobs, they can help their families. The important thing here is that they find their purpose in life. They make their passion their profession,”  said Allan Bantasan, Voc-Tech Skills Training Project Coordinator.

 

All efforts made by Childhope for the street children are visible and sustainable. Childhope envisions a world where street children can reach their full potential so they could get the life they wanted and able to inspire others as well.

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Pauleen speaks to fellow EAP scholars
Pauleen speaks to fellow EAP scholars

March 25, 2018--Despite the difficulties in life, Ricky and Pauleen managed to continue their studies and eagerly shared one big milestone in their lives: earning that formerly elusive college diploma.

Childhope Philippines organized the Moving Up and Recognition Ceremony March 25, held at the Asian Social Institute, Manila to recognize the educational achievements of street children under the organization’s Educational Assistance Program. Students range from elementary, junior high school, senior high school, and college. Twenty- seven (27) street children were awarded certificates of recognition and medals for excellence in academics during the ceremony.

The highlight of the said event was the sharing of personal stories of the two college graduates, Ricky and Pauleen, as they reveal the key elements to their success.

Ricky completed his studies at Access Computer College and Technology with a degree in Information Technology while Pauleen finished her studies with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at University of Manila.

“At this point in my young life, I must have realized that the key to a brighter tomorrow is education. And I thank my hardworking and loving parents, supportive friends, and Childhope for giving me the opportunity and support to get a chance for a better life through education. I am deeply grateful to the EAP sponsors, and most especially to our Almighty God who inspires and guides me to reach my dreams,” Pauleen said.

Meanwhile, Ricky became emotional during his speech because remembered all the good and bad experiences in his life’s journey, “Halo halo yung naramdaman ko. Masaya at hindi makapaniwala na nakatapos ako ng college (I had mixed emotions. I was happy, and I could not believe that I finished college).”

Ricky’s top priority after graduation is to find a decent job so he could provide a better life for his family. He also plans to gain more skills related to his profession and acquire more knowledge in web, fashion and interior design.

On the other hand, Pauleen has just recently secured a job as management trainee for a well-known coffee shop in Metro Manila.

“We are very proud of the achievements of our scholars. And we thank our partners who have supported us to help them reach for their dreams. They will now serve as role models to the other street children under Childhope’s wing,” said Ms. Lorna Salen, one of the Program Managers of Childhope’s Street Education and Protection Program.

The event was also graced by the presence of some of the program's sponsors and other former graduates who have been part of the program.

EAP scholars during the Moving Up Ceremony
EAP scholars during the Moving Up Ceremony

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Alternative Education session at Divisoria
Alternative Education session at Divisoria
Divisoria is home to some of the busiest streets in Metro Manila. It is the go-to place for those looking for clothes, accessories, gadgets, and all sorts of cheap bargains sold in bulk. People flock to the area not only to shop, but also to try out different kinds of food and adventures.
 
But behind the hustle and bustle of Divisoria lies the grim reality of children living in poverty. Hundreds of homeless children fill the streets --- begging, or working to earn money, to eat and survive. Some take a break from the heat by bathing under a fountain near the Binondo church. Many street girls as young as 13 years old are already mothers, trying their best to take care of their children. If you look more closely, you will see street boys, girls, and even their parents sniffing solvents and other drugs to escape their hunger and desperation. Some of them are also inclined to steal, while most street girls are prone to being victims of prostitution to survive.
 
Still, there is hope in endeavors to help the poorest children and get them off the streets for good. Some of Divisoria’s street children are participating in Alternative Education sessions and activities conducted by Childhope Asia Philippines. A typical session takes place in an open area or parking lot. Street Educators and Social Workers go to different areas in Divisoria --- Sto. Cristo, Binondo, and around the Divisoria mall --- to gather the street children and facilitate activities among them. At times, the street educator and social worker develop a partnership with a nearby fast-food chain so the sessions may be held there for security purposes.
 
HARNESSING STREET KIDS’ POTENTIALS
 
One Saturday afternoon, around 20 street children beneficiaries of Childhope in Divisoria participated in activities conducted at a fast food chain near Divisoria mall. The children, most of them girls, were very excited and eager to participate. They came from different areas in Divisoria, and they brought with them curious minds and hungry hearts.
 
Twelve-year old Emily (not her real name) was one of them. She was taking the lead, guiding her friends and making sure they followed instructions. The street children were noisy and naughty at times but Emily was in control and was able to pacify them.
 
Once seated, the street children were asked to behave and wait for food to be distributed. Emily, along with two other children, took charge in giving out the food. The social worker reminded the street children about good manners. One child led the group in prayer.
 
 
The street educators, social workers, and interns started with an energizer by encouraging the kids to dance and sing. The street children were all in smiles as they moved to the tunes. Some of them got easily distracted, but they all managed to participate. The street educators and social workers taught the children the song entitled “Welcome to the Family.” They guided the street kids in reading and interpreting each line so they can understand the words.
 
“Pahalagahan ang pamilya, lagi silang nandyan para tulungan kang maging matibay (Value your family, they are always there to help you to be strong),” said one street child as he was asked to explain his interpretation and understanding of the song.
 
The street educators and social workers asked and examined the street kids to find out who among them took a bath, brushed their teeth, cleaned their nails, and wore slippers and clothes. The children were motivated to practice cleanliness because the street educators rewarded them with stars stamped on papers.
 
Street children usually neglect cleanliness because they are used to living in slums, but the social workers encouraged the children to stay healthy through proper hygiene.
 
“Social workers use a number of approaches to engage and help street children. You really have to know the street children on a deeper level so you can help them effectively. You must have an open mind and lots of patience and understanding,” says Vince Balza, Childhope social worker for the Divisoria area.
 
CLINGING TO HOPE, ASPIRING AMIDST UNCERTAINTY
 
These street children in Binondo are achievers in their own right. At first glance, Emily may be your usual young street girl, but a deeper look reveals she has been battling epilepsy. She is taking maintenance medicines provided by her generous donor.
 
Emily has been a beneficiary of Childhope’s Educational Assistance Program (EAP) and is now at Grade Seven (7). Despite her affliction, she is doing well in school and her extra-curricular activities. She is also a child leader and Junior Health Worker. She helps the street educators by administering First-Aid and encouraging her street children friends to actively participate in the learning sessions.
 
Jaymar and Ana, also street children in Divisoria, are scholars of Malayan Insurance, a partner of Childhope Philippines who has been supporting the NGO’s programs and services. Through the scholarship, Jaymar and Ana are able to go to formal school. This gets them a step closer to receiving a good education that may be their only ticket out of poverty.
 
Life for street children in Divisoria continues, and each child has their own story to tell. The street children’s lives are marred by problems, suffering, and abuse. But amidst uncertainty, there is hope --- that through opportunities, street children will be able to learn, to be happy and optimistic in facing challenges, and empowered to do good while helping themselves and their families.
Nurturing street kids of Divisoria
Nurturing street kids of Divisoria
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Street children play the "ukelele
Street children play the "ukelele
Street children from Childhope Philippines’ areas in Metro Manila stepped up their game as they showcased their talents in singing, dancing, rapping, and many more.
On its second year, MusiKalye challenged the street kids to harness their skills in music and creativity, while at the same time building their character and confidence.
 
Some of the street children strum the guitar and gave their own take on the songs "Torete," "Your Love," and "Narda...."
While others showed off their modern dance moves. Grooving to the rhythm of the music helps them boost their creativity and passion.

Our street kids also gave their heartfelt renditions to some of the famous "hugot" songs. They were able to reach the money notes with ease and were welcomed with praises from the crowd.

Some of them took on the song "One Day" with the ukelele. You can't help but sway to the melody as the children enjoy playing the instrument.
Street children were also able to express themselves through interpretative dance. Our kids from Morayta and Monumento danced gracefully to share messages of faith, hope, and dreams.
The kids also gave their own twist to 'feel good' music through their mashup of popular songs.
It seemed that our street kids may soon give their idol "Gloc 9" a run for his money. They rapped about hard work, sacrifice, and determination to pursue dreams.
Childhope's very own "Abstract Band" made the crowd cheer. The band is composed of members who harnessed their skills in music through Rock-Ed and Mobile Music School. They have been able to play their own original songs, and perform at a concert.
Nothing beats hearing Christmas Carols from adorable and cute children. Our street children's choir from Ermita serenaded the audience with our favorite Christmas melodies like "Pasko Na Naman," "Feliz Navidad," and "Christmas in our hearts."
 
Before the event, our street children were able to guest and sing for three radio stations to promote and encourage support for the endeavor.
 
For an episode of DZAS "Unlimited Inspirations," the street children sang four songs and gave listeners a taste of what's in store in MusiKalye.
At DZMM, street educator Isko and a former participant of the mobile music school, Ricky, introduced the event to listeners and encouraged them to join the children in celebrating children's month with the gift of music.
For an episode of DZRH "Boses ng Kabataan," the street children shared their stories of hope and how they were able to develop their skills and became more inspired to pursue their dreams through the mobile music school.
 
 
 

 

 

Street children sing popular songs
Street children sing popular songs
Street children show off modern dance moves
Street children show off modern dance moves
Interpretative dance by street children
Interpretative dance by street children
The Abstract Band makes the crowd cheer
The Abstract Band makes the crowd cheer
Street children sing Christmas carols
Street children sing Christmas carols

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