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
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
Oct 9, 2017

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING: FROM LEARNING TO EMPLOYMENT

Empowerment through skills training
Empowerment through skills training
A fast-food worker’s job can be as difficult as it can get. It requires skills and patience to overcome the day to day challenges that come with the work. Besides the physical stress, workers also go through a lot of emotional dilemma because of discrimination and abuse.
 
Despite the hardships, three beneficiaries of Childhope’s Vocational/Technical (VocTech) Skills Training project still find their jobs as rewarding and fulfilling. More than anything, it has opened up opportunities for them to lead better lives.
 
Marston, Ramil, and Ariel earn a living from being service crew at fast food chains and restaurants in Manila. The three are all in their early 20s. They started out as street children with no direction in life, and just survived daily through begging, selling, and most of the time, luck.
“They were street kids who were dirty, hungry, desperate, neglected, and without proper guidance from adults. To escape from life’s harsh realities, they got into sniffing solvent,” said Christian, facilitator of the Voc Tech project.
 
Even though there were many uncertainties, Childhope saw potentials in the three street kids. “We give a chance for every child,” Christian said.
EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SKILLS TRAINING
 
Childhope’s street educators and social workers reached out to Marston, Ramil, and Ariel through the Street Education Program. They came from different areas in Metro Manila --- Kalaw, Sucat, and Divisoria, respectively.
 
The street educators engaged them in alternative education that involved lessons on basic health and hygiene, values, and child rights and responsibilities. The sessions also involve counselling --- social workers help street children to realize the consequences of being addicted to vices.
 
It was difficult to get the street children’s attention at first, but street educators and social workers are motivated to help the children to find a sense of purpose. Soon, they saw Marston, Ramil, and Ariel’s potentials to do well in skills training.
“The three were not pretty good in academics, but they had a strong set of skills and desire to help their families. We decided to develop their abilities in hotel and restaurant services,” Christian said.
 
Under the VocTech project, street children are taught to live independently and responsibly. They attend sessions on values, skills for life, and financial education. They undergo on-the-job training and practice the value of saving.
HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE
 
More than financial support, the project aims to empower street children so they can have a positive outlook in life. Step-by-step, the street children are able to support their families and earn income for their basic needs. Slowly, they are able to have goals and are more motivated to achieve their dreams.
Ramil, for instance, used to run away from his home in Laguna. He then lived at a makeshift house along the railroad tracks in Sucat, Metro Manila. Days went by and he struggled to survive through sniffing solvent and being with his peers.
 
But through the street education sessions and training under the VocTech project, he found his way back home. After finishing his training and after some unsuccessful attempts, he was able to land a job at McDonald’s. The struggles honed him and helped build his confidence, and pushed him to work harder. He was even awarded Best Employee in September 2016.
Through his determination, Ramil was able to put up a simple sari-sari store business for his mother. His earnings and savings over time also gave him the opportunity to pay it forward. He is now able to help his nephews and nieces by funding their schooling.
Ramil has been with McDonald’s for six years now, and he is inspired more than ever to help his family and to save for the future.
Ariel, for his part, earns a living from being a service crew member at a hotel in Makati City. Ariel used to live near a railroad track in Binondo, Divisoria but through his earnings, he was able to rent a home for him and his family. He is focused on his work but still dreams of going back to school to finish his studies.
Marston is also a service crew member at Chowking in Sta. Mesa, Manila. From being a solvent addicted boy in Kalaw, Manila, he is now focused on doing his best at what he does. Through his efforts, Marston and his family were able to rent and stay at a house in Kalaw, Manila.
 
Starting out was hard for Marston because he experienced being bullied. He persevered through the challenge and kept an optimistic mindset. Marston dreams of becoming a seaman someday so he can better support his family.
 
Marston, Ramil, and Ariel still have a long way to go, but they take hold of opportunities that come their way and make the most out of these. They are using the skills they learned under the VocTech project to earn income and help themselves and their families. More importantly, they want to pursue lives away from the streets to carve a better future ahead.
 
Empowerment through skills training
Empowerment through skills training
Empowerment through skills training
Empowerment through skills training
Empowerment through skills training
Empowerment through skills training
Empowerment through skills training
Empowerment through skills training

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