In our present day civilized world, there are more than 100 million street children who are unloved, devalued, and unable to reach their potential in life.
The Lighthouse Center, Manila, Philippines
When we realized that there are more than 1.5 million street children in the Philippines, we began using photos and social media to wake up the world to see these children, not just as part of the everyday scenery, but as our responsibility. In March of 2013, EJ Pascua and May Gomez responded, and together with Bryan and Diane Thomas, we began the I Love Street Children movement and shelter home in Manila. We created Humanility as the non-profit foundation for ILSC, now called "The Lighthouse Center" and our other shelters. We now have Humanility staff consisting of Cherry Claveria, our shelter Houseparents, and Princess, our social worker. The team works to bring children from the street to Home, to obtain birth certificates for them, feed and clothe them, enroll them in school and provide counseling and the needed social services. To keep families together, we seek to find their parent and bring them into the home as well to reunite families whenever possible. We then work to rehabilitate them, train and develop them, and help them to find jobs and rebuild their lives, so that one day, they can stand on their own and take care of their families.
We now have two businesses which employ our street survivors. Three of our shelter parents are now trained jewelers and silver smiths and we sell our Humanility jewelry weekly at the Sunday Market in Green Belt, online here on the Humanility site, and it is also available for sale at the shelter. Our shelter administrator also runs Bybella Laundry, manned by our shelter parents as well! Other parents drive traysikads, run little stores, cook and provide other services to help support their families.
You can partner with us at the Humanility Manila Lighthouse Center by sponsoring a child, empowering a family, funding a project, volunteering time to serve in the shelter home, helping train the parents, or by assisting with job placement of the rehabilitated, retrained parents, who are full of renewed hope.
*All donations are tax-deductible
Children on the street are those who are still in contact with their families, but due to abuse at home, parents who do not protect and provide for them, or poverty, they beg or work on the streets to help their families survive.
Children of the street actually live on the street, outside of a normal family environment. Many have been abandoned, and others have run away from home, often in response to psychological, physical or sexual abuse.
Most of the street children of the world lose contact with school and other societal institutions, and many become victims of human trafficking, syndicate control, commercial sexual exploitation, drug abuse, and crime.
Poverty, natural disasters, war and political unrest, domestic violence and breakdown of families, sexual, physical or emotional abuse, substance abuse and human trafficking are all causes of this worldwide street children epidemic. The three-fold solution of emancipation, education, and empowerment of these children begins with you.