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Philippines: Drugs, alcoholism and domestic violence are part of everyday life in Manila’s slums. Children are often beaten and abused at home. In their attempts to escape from the violence, they usually end up on the streets – the start of a new odyssey. Together with local partner organisation Stairway Foundation, Kindernothilfe concerns itself with the fate of these street children. Please support our on-site project work with a donation or sponsor a project.
Arvin (name changed) ran away from home to escape the violence there, ended up on the street and is forced to prostitute himself to survive. A few months ago, he fell prey to the drug shabu, which helps the 12-year-old to cope with the worst part of his day – when one of his “customers” takes him into a dark street corner.
For Arvin, as one of an estimated 75,000 street children in the Filipino capital, life is extremely hard on the fringes of society. They beg, steal or sell rubbish to recycling dealers. Some children, like Arvin, prostitute themselves, while others join gangs. This brings in just enough money to secure a minimal existence. Most of the children are malnourished and suffer from illnesses such as tuberculosis, anaemia or diarrhoea.
Drugs are a means of forgetting the everyday humiliations, pain, hunger and loneliness. However, addiction is an additional serious problem for the children – and above all a dangerous one. Two of Arvin’s teeth have already fallen out along with some of his hair – just two of many possible side-effects of shabu, the most frequently consumed drug in the Philippines. And it is not long before this friend becomes a foe – one that Arvin can no longer shake off on his own.
A very important aspect of Stairway Foundation’s work is raising awareness among children themselves. Here, prevention plays a key role. Through information material, workshops and seminars on sexual abuse, prostitution, contraception, children’s rights and health, the organisation’s staff aim to educate children and young people on the streets. At the same time, they constantly make local and international organs aware of children’s rights by means of presentations and newspaper articles. They also visit schools and police stations for the purposes of providing information.
Project No. 29801