Jan 03, 2007
Fifty impoverished children experienced a one-of-a-kind Christmas, courtesy of Philippine News and the street children movement, Childhope Asia.
PN board member Maricar Espiritu and Nancyline Agaid, program manager of Childhope Asia, organized a day of songs, dances and games that highlighted the true spirit of the season. The children, who come from as far as Novaliches and Baclaran, are part of Childhope programs in their areas.
Childhope staff and educators offer street children lessons on value formation, paralegal education, sports and recreation, health education, and counseling. A mobile library van donated in late November has provided the children wider access to training and education.
The four-hour day ended with an exchange of gifts. A girl in tears hoped that future Christmases would be the same.
Founded in 1986, Childhope is a not-for-profit advocacy organization that works for the rights of street children throughout the world.