The busy streets of Metro Manila are silent witnesses to both the best and the worst of people- the good, the bad, the ugly. These streets teem with life, with people whose hearts and spirits bear scars of battles won and battles lost from surviving the hard life. And these same streets too, if they could only talk, would tell you the stories of the children that call these mute observers their home. We call these kids "street children", but they are no less important than the children who dwell in an abode. They need our help, and they only become invisible to our eyes if we don’t take the time to see them, and see what we can do to create some hope for them, too. On June 5, 2011, Sunday morning, everyone in the Chummy Chum team was excited to come with Childhope Asia’s invitation for the closing ceremony of their annual sports fest. This sports fest is a big event for the kids- they always look forward to seeing some famous basketball players who generously grace the occasion to boost the morale of the children. The sport events are geared towards building the confidence of the children, and instill in them the values that playing sports teaches. Some of the children, some in their teenage years we meet in these events, whenever we get the chance to talk with them, tell us of the terrible conditions on the streets, the family woes that they suffer from, and how they misguidedly cope by sniffing toluene, found in some adhesives (like “Rugby”). We know that participating in sports events like this are not just a respite for them, from the harsh situations they are in, but also a good way to show them hope. That’s why with Childhope and the other institutions who tirelessly help these kids see a vestige of hope from their plight, Chummy Chum will continue bringing joy and cheer. Because hope springs eternal when there is love, and faith, and charity. =)
Thank you to Ms. Gelli and Justine for giving us a hand today.