Some great pictures from this weeks expressive arts therapy session at the girls home. The children are encouraged to write encouraging messages on each others backs.
Children who are learning to cope with trauma often find it easier to express themselves in non-verbal ways through art and music. Your donations help this important work of restoration continue in these young loves.
Tell me who I am?
exploring my stengths
‘My Strengths” crowns
Wearing my strengths with confidence
Fried banana snack after a successful session!
Simon Douglas – who was on our team that visited Kanlungan in February this year, is raising funds for us and for his church by abseiling down his church’s bell tower!
Simon has sent us this to let us know what he is doing and we want to say thank you!
“I’ve not done this for many years, although I have contributed to many, but the opportunity has come up to help some needy causes.
On 22 June, as part of our Big Welcome church open day, I will be hurling myself down the medieval bell tower at the church here, rope attached (I hope), www.stmichaels-church.org.uk/, in order to raise funds jointly for our continued work within our community, but also for the Streetlight Trust, who support work with street children in Manila in the Philippines. I was privileged to visit the projects supported by this trust a few months ago, to see first hand the invaluable work they do with street children in the capital, estimated by UNICEF to be as many as 150,000. We also visited the areas which had been most affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013.
Helping us are the great team at Wolf Mountain, www.wolfmountain.co.uk
, and if you feel the need to reach for the skies or need to have some great fun with the family their facilities are brilliant.
Rather than prattle on as we are all busy spend a couple of minutes having a think and if you can spare a few pounds that would be welcomed in a big way. Here is my page www.justgiving.com/bigwelcome
We congratulate KSEM Kafe for ranking No. 6 among the 736 restaurants in Manila in Trip Advisor. We thank you for all your support, ratings and good reviews.
Press here to see the Ksem Kafe Trip Advisor entry
You can buy a KSEM Kafe mug in the UK for just £5 each plus P & P
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Happy Birthday Ate Sol.
May God Continue To Bless You Richly.
With Lots of Love
From All Your Friends at
The Streetlight Trust.
The Streetlight Team have arrived safely back in the UK bringing some amazing stories and pictures with them that they will be able to blog about over the next few weeks.
One highlight of this trip was an activity day at the Farm where chidlren from every project came together to join in what was called the
’1st Inter Centre Pinoylympics’
I’ll let Ate Sol Explain………
‘We thank the Lord for adding another milestone in Kanlungan. Last May 3, 2014, Kanlungan had its 1st Inter Center Pinoylympics.
Held in the Kanlungan Farm in Gen.Aguinaldo, Cavite
More than a hundred children, staff, and volunteers had a ”friendly” competition of Filipino games like Patintero, Agawang buko, Hilahang lubid (tug-of-war) and games like the Boxes relay, Caterpillar walk, Pila Balde, Gulong ng Talampakan and Amazing Race.
At the end of the day everyone was awarded for the efforts they’ve exerted, the sportsmanship they’ve shown and the camaraderie they’ve strengthened in that activity.’
The Streetlight team are really grateful for the additional support for this trip received from Newton Longville Primary School,St. Paul’s Church, Ealing, Enderby Parish Church and Danemill Primary School, without this additional support this specific answer to prayer would of never been possible.
Many Thanks for your prayerful support during this trip.
It’s Monday as I write this blog, the end of day 4 and it feels like I’ve been here so much longer.
I feel very privileged to of been welcomed so warmly into being part of this team. We have met some amazing people on our journey so far…
BREAKING NEWS FROM THE TEAM!!! …….
KANALUNGAN FIRST EVER FESTIVAL!!! bringing all Kanalungan centres and Kanalungan family together for a sports festival. Thank you to our regular donors, we are really grateful for the additional support received from Newton Longville Primary School, St. Paul’s Church, Ealing, Enderby Parish Church and Danemill Primary School, without this additional support this specific answer to prayer would of never been possible.
Where will it take place? at the Farm!
We as a team representing Streetlight will be split up up and competing in other teams. We will be sharing great food and fellowship with all of the Kanalungan family.
When? This Saturday 3rd May!
What have we been up to so far?
Friday started off with a great breakfast at the Ksem Kafe closed followed by a presentation by the children of Benitez House.
Saturday Quirino Community graduation for vacation bible school (The Bridge Community) graduation again in the afternoon at Benitez for vacation school.
Sunday we attended church at Cathedral of Praise. In the afternoon we choose to stroll along the bay and experience street communities where we had the opportunity to pray with a gentleman from who had lost his home and his family in the typhoon in Tacloban.
In the evening we had an opportunity to engage in the Filipino local social culture.
Monday this morning we had a wonderful opportunity to share in devotions with the Kanalungan staff. Led by Crystal who gave an encouraging bible based reflection. What a wonderful way to start the week.
This afternoon we visited a community living at a Manila North Cemetery.
…………..please pray for for The Bridge Community as the families are being evicted next month. This will be very difficult for them as they will all be split up and moved north and south of Manila.
Unfortunatly the link to the BBC Radio Nottingham Sunday Breakfast show in the previous post does not seem to be working. Please click here if you would like to try again to listen to the reports of our visit to Tacloban.
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The reports start at 1:10 and 2:10. Its also on the news at 2:00 hours into the programme.
This link will only stay active for a week after the original broadcast, so it will not work if you are reading this post after 16th March 2014.
BBC Radio Nottingham’s journalist and producer Celia Kellett was part of the recent Streetlight Team that visited Tacloban and witnessed the aftermath of Typhoon Hainan. She and some of the team were able to talk about their experience on the Sunday Breakfast Show yesterday.
You can listen to her excellent two part feature on Yesterday’s Sunday breakfast show by going to-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01sh4h0 First part at 1hour 10 minute in and the second at 2.10minutes.
Thank you so much to Celia and other members of team for bringing this trip to life in such a vivid way.
So an amazing trip draws to a close as we prepare to fly home in the morning.
I just want to say thank you for all the support that everyone has given us and the amazing amount of money that people raised to send out here with us. We have been able to do so much with it. Your money has paid for all of this:
The Swimming Day on Saturday
School Supplies for 273 children who lost everything in the Typhoon
The staff costs for our visit to Tacloban, which also allowed one of them to see his family (we couldn’t have delivered the supplies and visited without the staff!)
A Capital injection into the Coffee Shop so they can buy raw materials at a better price and improve marketing
A significant contribution towards staff salaries
Fuel for the Kanlungan van
Ice Creams for the Children during our visit and on the swimming day
Presents for all of the Staff
A Meal out for some of the staff
Continued rehabilitation costs for one of the boys
Medical care for a boy who injured himself at the swimming and needed stitches
An Android Tablet so that we can communicate with Kanlungan better
A contribution to staff welfare
A wahing machine for the Short Term Residential Centre
Clothes for the Children
… and much more besides!
So thank you to all who contributed to make this possible. You have been part of making this visit a great success and changing lives here in a direct way.
It’s just a few hours more before we leave Manila. (And here’s a picture of the inside of the plane!)
The flight details are:
Flight Number PR720
Departs Manila 07:00 (11pm UK)
Arrives London 14:25
Hi everyone (again!)
Thank you for your support and prayers over the last fortnight. Today has been busy, starting with a trip to the boys school, home and the farm. The excitement of the boys when they saw us was really heart warming for the team. This evening has been much more difficult. We spent some time with the street families of the city, seeing their reality when the sun sets. Playing with the children, singing with them and showing them God’s love was a privilidge to be able to do. But my heart was truely saddened by the women of this community more than anybody. The women here who sell their bodies for money need our prayers and support so much. Such a lot to take in and think about! Through all of this, I am encouraged more and more each day by the love and work of Kanlungan, they are a beacon of light and hope in what can, at times, be a very dark place.