For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you
invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
There are many so called 'Street Children' in the Philippines. It is estimated that there may be 75,000 in the capital Manila alone. Worldwide it is thought that there may be more than 6 million street children.
Children come to live on the city streets for many reasons. Some have been abandoned by families too poor to keep them., some are orphans. Others have run away from violence and abuse at home. Some just don't like the rules at home and seek freedom to choose their own lifestyle.
Sleeping rough on the streets they may become victims of violence and abuse, even murder, or fall prey to drug dealers and child traficking. Some will endeavour to earn a little money by begging, selling snacks and newspapers or washing cars whilst others may turn to crime and find themselves in jail. They range in age from 8 to their late teens and early 20s. Some have children of their own. Homeless and lacking in proper education it is difficult for these children to break out of the cycle of poverty without outside intervention.
We provide financial support to our partner, Lifenet Children's Foundation, to help them run a feeding and pastoral care program for these children who are generally marginalised by the wider society.
In partnership with the Lifenet Children's Foundation Inc. we have built a residential home where some of these children can live, be educated and helped to grow and take their place in society. For more information on this particular project please go to the "House of Joshua" page. or visit the Lifenet website.
Kids sleeping rough on the streets
Breakfast is served in the city centre