Street Children of Cebu

Street Children in Cebu City

Posted by Larry Haydon

>>> Help Feed the Street Children of the Philippines <<<

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Permission to use this photo Granted by Eric Gozar.

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where did you sleep last night??

We can all make a difference in the life of a child in the Philippines. It really doesn’t take much money at all. For $1.00 you can buy bread, bottle of water, and fruit. you dont even have to be here. There are several minstries here that are working very hard to see that these kids get food, shelter, medicine if needed, and most importantly spiritual counseling. I will include many of these ministries at the end of this post. Go here to donate today

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There is so much sadness in this place. I SEE THIS EVERYDAY……

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IMAGINE YOUR CHILD SITTING HERE

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4 comments

  1. Everybody wants to help, it is the American way.

    I don’t know this guy you refer to. Like I said, I know several people operating “orphanages” already. But the people they help are just the tip of the iceberg of those who could use some “outside” help.

    Larry indeed may be a very nice guy. Did he suggest, as the film clip above did, that the way to solve the problems stated was to fund the spread of Christianity? By one church in particular? Frankly put, I personally have NEVER seen trips to a remodeled church resolve homelessness, street children, child abuse in general, childhood diseases, stopped children from working, or any other problem suggested by the films above.

    Not shown are the other “ministries” he suggests are actually doing the work to correct the problems shown. He references them, but on my screen they are not visible.

    Quote:

    “There are several minstries here that are working very hard to see that these kids get food, shelter, medicine if needed, and most importantly spiritual counseling”

    Most importantly spiritual counseling, uh huh… Is this guy for real? Many of the kids in the films were poverty stricken, forced to work instead of prepare for the time they are to lead productive lives… and he wants them to have most of all… Spiritual counseling????? To what end? Does he really think that such counseling is unavailable today? I argue that it is everywhere, and free, and a 100% failure at solving the problems indicated above.

    He wants to help? Start a ministry where he teaches the gospel, BY EXAMPLE. A good place to start is at any government hospital, use what ever cash he can spare and simply purchase prescribed medicine for those dieing there. He likes children, good, perhaps 20 go to any government hospital daily for injuries, Help their parents help their children.

    If they are going to a government hospital, they are without funds to pay.

    IF he is an American, I do know that American doctors like to go overseas for short periods and help those without access to modern medical techniques. But they do not usually have the time or resources to organize such trips. Have your friend go to the USA and go down the yellow pages of his “old’ city and contact one doc after another, schedule patients, hospital rooms, and local doctors to work with them.

    Street children ministry? The arrogance of this guy. Does he really think that those children who are actually on the street, do not already have a religion that may not be the one he feels is so important? Does he really think he has the skills to accurately determine the life’s status of a child he happens upon? If a child was indeed one of his “target” children, and was born a Muslim, Catholic, Mormon, Wicken, Episcopalian, Unitarian, would he know it? respect it? endorse it? I think not.

    It seems to me this guy wants to preach, has no “flock” so he targets those who due to life’s tragedies, are in the poorest position to tell him he is wrong and to but out.

  2. Uh HUH…

    I enjoy reading my own words and posting. This post is the one that gets me kicked out.

    First off, much of this above is a LIE. 99% of those shown are not indeed “homeless children”or even relatively poor. Yes they are from places where poverty is prevalent, but in truth, many migrated there because of worse hardships elsewhere.

    Look at the way those kids are dressed, clean shirts, slippers, hair cut. Obviously they have family nearby.

    True their “homes” do not look like anything from the USA, but there is no place like home even if it is a shack.

    Street children tug at the hearts of every foreigner I know. What to do about their desperate situation is a day long debate without resolution. In my personal thinking, the problem is that the poor have no access to justice, no voice in government, a prevalent idea that it is them against the world that nobody but themselves have their personal best interests in mind, and not having an attempt to give them justice or address any of the other problems as part of any solution is simply a band aid over a gunshot wound.

    I personally know of at least 5 people who help children in the Philippines. All agree that really very few children on the street are indeed “alone”. They have parents who have fallen on hard times or are disabled in some way. Take for example the 2 kids one a baby girl sitting on cardboard in the photo, I would bet dollars to donuts that their parent was WORKING and could not afford a house or child care, YET. OK homeless today, but they came from the province and that home still exists.

    Unemployment in the Philippines is near 80%. This counts only jobs that pay employment taxes or social security. Nearly everybody has some chore in the undocumented market place. Yes, many children work. (this does not make them “homeless” this makes them from a poor family).

    The video claims that they teach kids to read. GOOD. But first off lets say that education is FREE in the Philippines, so don’t send money for THAT!

    I have been to Tondo, I have been to “smokey mountain” (the dump), YES children work there, some make relatively good money too. There are free public schools there. But if their parents can’t afford to feed them, and you will not give them help to help themselves at least do not give to anybody who claims to be helping them with mis information and deceptions. IF they lied about that, they are lying about much more. There are free public schools there.

    Filipinos generally have very strong family values. They live in a “outside” culture. Kids are always outside playing, even in the rain. Festivities are held outside. In the USA, family gatherings are held in private, usually inside the house. In the Philippines kids are raised by the community, everybody knows the parents of any particular child on the street. Mothers know the whereabouts of their kids as well. Go to any city in the Philippines and you can get photos of kids just like this in 2 minutes. Just bring out a camera and you have them crowding in for a shot. It is all part of the fun, playing with the foreigners and his camera. This does not make them homeless, poor, or targets of the gifts these people are soliciting. It makes them kids in the Philippines.

    Weather or not they need more religion, has little bearing on their poverty. They want you to fund their church. And they suggest that in some way that these kids are indeed homeless, poverty struck is a reason to fund a church. There are churches in every barranguy in the Philippines. It is ridicules on it’s face.

    This post above only reinforces my believe that there is an inverse relationship to the way people connect money to religion and the core ethical values of those soliciting.

    Joe Pinoy, been there, done that.

    1. Joe, I did not write this post is was written by Larry Haydon he is a Born Again Christin living here in Cebu City soon to be moving to Bantayan Island.

    2. It does look as though these are just kids rather than Street kids, I think some people get the idea all kids on the street are street kids. The term means homeless children living on the streets not well dressed kids playing on the streets as these appear to be. I know Larry has a genuine hart for the real street kids and would love to help out some way.

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