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Our mission

is to bring back the smiles and dignity
to Manila’s most unfortunate children

Our story

ANAK-Tnk was founded in 1998 to support Manila’s most unfortunate children: those living in extreme poverty in the streets and in the slums of the capital city of the Philippines.

Today, the foundation is run by Executive Director Father Matthieu Dauchez and Ms. Gloria Recio alongside a multidisciplinary team of local professionals.

The foundation’s action and purpose are being supported outside the Philippines by branches operating on all continents under the supervision of Mr. Pascal Breton.

what does it even mean?

“ANAK” means “child” in tagalog, a language from the Philippines, and the letters “TNK” are the initials of the foundation for it is best known there as “Tulay Ng Kabataan”, which literally means “A bridge for the children”!

That bridge is the symbol of our action towards the street and slum children of Manila: a bridge with their families (that’s reconciliation) and a bridge leading to a better life.

Our priorities
for the children


In the Philippines, one out of ten children does not receive any education

We enable and support the education of every child, from the moment he joins the foundation until he becomes independent


40% of the urban population lives in conditions of extreme poverty

We cater to the medical needs of every child of the foundation and we train local communities to integrate basic health and hygiene concepts


One out of ten children is malnourished and one out of three suffers from growth retardation

We provide children with balanced meals daily and we train local communities to raise awareness on nutrition issues


Drugs, violence, rape, prostitution: children are always the first victims

We support children in need with psychological and legal help, based on our Child Prevention and Protection Chart

Our programs in the field

Since 1998, we have been running in the field programs
to answer the fundamental needs of Manila’s most unfortunate.


305 children | 21 centers

Get them off the streets of Manila to help them build their future


55 children | 3 centers

Care for the most vulnerable to help increase their sense of autonomy


800 beneficiaries | 4 centers

Extract them from the dump to rebuild their dignity and make a lasting impact


1300 beneficiaries | 7 centers

Act in the very heart of the slums to bring change to communities from within

Our team
full time Filipino employees
mothers volunteering in the slums
full time foreign volunteers (VSI)
unpaid volunteers worldwide
100% of your donation goes to the field

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