A Better Life
Organized by: PRINCESS MAGSINO
According to a 1998 report titled "Situation of the Youth in the Philippines", there were about 1.5 million street children in the Philippines.The approximate numbers of street children in the different districts of the Philippines are: Manila (3,266), Quezon (2,867), Caloocan (1,530), and Pasay (1,420). Regional numbers are: Luzon regional totals: 1,557 (highly visible), 22,728 (estimated total) Visayas regional totals: 5,291 (highly visible), 40,860 (estimated total) and Mindanao regional totals: 22,556 (highly visible), 138,328(estimated total). Approximately 70% of the children are boys. According to the "A Better Life" foundation, there are three different categories of street children: Children on the streets make up approximately 75% of the street children in the Philippines. They work on the streets but do not live there. They generally have a home to return to after working, and some even continue to attend school while working long hours on the streets. Children of the street make their homes on the street. They make up 25%-30% of the street children in the Philippines. They often create a sort of family with their fellow street children. Some of them still have family ties, but do not visit them and some even see these ties as bad. Completely abandoned children have no family ties and are entirely on their own for physical and psychological survival. They make up approximately 5%-10% of the street children in the Philippines he most common substances are inhalants, such as solvents, rugby (a toluene-based glue) and cough syrups, followed by marijuana and shabu. Marijuana and shabus in particular are shared with friends whenever one of the group has enough money to buy them. Some street children take drugs as often as once a day Health problems treet children are generally thin, untidy, undernourished, and hardly equipped to survive the hazards of everyday living and working on the streets. Some of the hazards they face include sickness, physical injuries from motor accidents, street fights, harassment from extortionists and police, sexual exploitation by pedophiles and pimps, exposure to substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. That's why I'm doing these for them.