Overview

Street children are identified as children who spend the majority of their time living on the streets, trying to earn a living. These children come from poor families, burdened by the socioeconomic conditions in the Philippines. Unfortunately, most are forced to drop out of school, and beg for money to help feed themselves and their families. Some of these children have regular contact with their families however, for many, their family becomes their companions on the street.

The problem with street children in Tacloban City was noticed in 1987, with a few children seen begging along the busy streets. Since then, that number has grown to about 200 and these children are not only begging, but also sniffing"rugby,"stealing from pedestrians, and young girls allowing themselves to be molested and sexually abused by men in the evenings.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office and local police have tried to rescue and return these children to their families, but the children continue to return in search of money, food, and glue to diminish their hunger pains.

The street children have become an eyesore to the visitors and residents in the commercial district. They hang around in fast food establishments, parking areas, bus terminals, supermarkets, and sidewalks. Their activities in the street include begging for money, selling plastic bags or assorted spices, watch or wash cars to name a few.

These children become victims of circumstances not of their own choice. At their early age, they become"instant adults"burdened by responsibilities of helping their parents earn a family income. Such situations expose them to unwholesome adult activities such as rugby sniffing, pick pocketing, stealing, and even prostitution. They likewise become victims of physical injuries from adults and worst is that they become victims of sexual exploitation.

A facility, funded by the government is being constructed in Tacloban to remove these children from the streets and provide them with a place to live. Besides the shelter, there is no money in the budget to provide the basic necessities for these children.

Volunteer for the Visayans, is committed to helping raise the funds to feed, clothe, and supply these kids with their basic needs such as beds to sleep on, school uniforms, transportation costs etc. These children need your help.

Facts

It costs approximately $1 a day to feed a child three meals a day. This amounts to $30 a month, or $356 a year.To provide a child with 3 pairs of shorts, 3 shirts, and underwear, costs about 880 pesos, or $15.Transportation to and from school costs about 30 pesos, or approximately 50 cents a day.

How Can You Help

Help a child live with the basic necessities. Donate today. We can guarantee you that 100% of your money will go directly to the street children project. Mail us a check or donate via bank transfer. As a non profit organization, we can guarantee you a receipt for your donation so that your donation is tax deductible.

In addition to collecting monetary donations, Volunteer for the Visayans is also collecting used clothes, shoes, toys, and educational resources. Used clothing can go a long way for these children as well as used sneakers. Most children are barefoot or wear rubber sandals if they have some.

Schools in Tacloban, and in the surrounding rural barangays, are deprived of the basic educational materials. Most children go to school without a notebook or even a pencil. There are no libraries or reading books for the children to learn from. Help us supply these children with libraries and educational materials.

Start a project within your school! Educate your classroom about the Philippines and the socioeconomic conditions Third World countries face. We would be happy to supply you with materials to teach your children today, about the children of the Philippines. Collect donations from your students to help the street children in Tacloban.

Start a project within your school! Educate your classroom about the Philippines and the socioeconomic conditions Third World countries face. We would be happy to supply you with materials to teach your children today, about the children of the Philippines. Collect donations from your students to help the street children in Tacloban.

Email info@visayans.org to find out how you can donate used clothes, educational materials, or make a monetary donation today!

One US dollar can go along and really help us to make a difference in these children's lives.

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