Abandoned to all kinds of dangers, the street children are the most vulnerable, ready to do anything to survive. There are thousands of them who have broken all ties with their families, who are victims of violence and drugs, and who are subjected to begging, theft and prostitution. To face this emergency, ANAK-Tnk provides them with complete structures for their social rehabilitation.
Our goal : to meet the basic needs of all abandoned children and elders, without exception. Our homes are suitable for children such as toddlers, young people with disabilities, students and the elderly.
Ongoing Street Outreach and presence
To help children decide to leave the street, our street educators and social workers build trust through activities and talks.
Day and night care
In the drop-in centers we focus on stabilizing the children. They are given first aid, food, clothing, schooling and love in a family atmosphere with individual care for each child.
Helping each child
Each story and situation of the children is analysed in detail. When reconciliation with the child’s family is not possible, the child is transferred to one of the 28 residential homes of the foundation.
Restore their dignity and prepare their future
About twenty children reside in each of these homes where a family atmosphere prevails, and where they will grow up until they become independent. Each child continues his or her education adapted to his or her personality and abilities. To protect the children most exposed to the dangers of the street – (gangs, drugs…) the foundation has opened a rehabilitation farm outside of Metro Manila.
Street children sheltered 24/7
Children helped since 1998
One day at the Divisoria marketplace, the Foundation’s educators found 12-year-old Jeremy huddled asleep on his carton with his hands in his T-shirt. They saw the wounds on his hands… “What happened to you?” Jeremy remains huddled, continues to hide his hands, then whispers “It’s nothing. It’s my fault, Mom punished me”. He tells the educators that one day (coming from a poor family) he just wanted to play video games with his friends. He then stole 50 pesos from his mother’s wallet, who, to punish him, took his two hands and plunged them into boiling water. Jeremy ran away and was left stranded in this market…
He is welcomed in the shelters of ANAK-Tnk. He is an angel in the eyes of all: kind, calm, attentive. He is going to stabilize, then integrate a home of life. Years go by. He does very well at school and is appreciated by everyone in his home. He was an easygoing boy.
One day he approaches his social worker and says:
The social worker was taken aback and said, “Really? But why? After what she did to you?”. Jeremy: “Yes, I want to see Mom again, because I want to tell her that I love her and I forgive her.”
What a huge victory in the heart of this child…
Then comes a process of reconciliation that takes time. Jeremy had several operations on his hands and his mother insisted on staying with him during his week in the hospital. During one of the last hospitalizations, Jeremy expressed his desire to be baptized, which was possible within the framework of the foundation, and his mother also made the request for herself and Jeremy’s little sister.
After several years at the foundation, Jeremy was able to return to live with his mother… Of course, our social workers still follow Jeremy and his mother to make sure that everything is going well.
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