safe arrival

After nearly a full day of travelling we arrived safely at about 1.30am Manila time.   Even in the middle of the night the heat and smells hit us as we walked After nearly a full day of travelling we arrived safely at about 1.30am Manila time. Even in the middle of the night the heat and smells hit us as we walked out to meet our Kanlungan Friends who had patiently waited for our delayed plane. After a fairly short sleep we enjoyed our first morning coffee at KSEM before lunch at Benitez House and time getting to know the children and staff who live there. The children sang to us and introduced themselves, some were very shy to begin with but very quickly the games of rough and tumble began and the children and the team very quickly lost their inhabitions. Ian and Mark then made the icecream run to the local 7/11 returning with 50 cornettos which disappeared very quickly. The sugar rush fortified the tream for more play before returning to the hotel for a well earned shower. Other team members will blog their thoughts as we go so pelase check back each day and please leave comments. We really appreciate the link with home. to meet our Kanlungan Friends who had patiently waited for our delayed plane.

After a fairly short sleep we enjoyed our first morning coffee at KSEM before lunch at Benitez House and time getting to know the children and staff who live there.     The children sang to us and introduced themselves, some were very shy to begin with but very quickly the games of rough and tumble began and the children and the team very quickly lost their inhabitions.

Ian and Mark then made the icecream run to the local 7/11 returning with 50 cornettos which disappeared very quickly.    The sugar rush fortified the tream for more play before returning to the hotel for a well earned shower.

Other team members will blog their thoughts as we go so pelase check back each day and please leave comments.  We really appreciate the link with home.

Manila Trip 2016

On Monday this years team sets off for Manila –  Here a few thoughts from some more of the team.

Meet the Taylor Family:

taylorsJim, Gill, Megan and Lucy.    Jim is a trustee of Streetlight Trust and has been part of a number of mission trips.   For the rest of the family it will be their first visit.

 

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My name is Megan, I am 16 and this will be my first visit to Kanlungan. I’ve wanted to 

see the project since I was 8 and my dad visited for the first time. I’m hoping to gain a different perspective of the world, appreciate all I have more and see firsthand the incredible work that my dad is so passionate about.

 

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.My name is Lucy, I’m 14 and this is my first trip visiting Kanlungan. I’ve grown up hearing about the Philippines because my dad is a trustee at Streetlight. I’m excited to meet the kids and spend time with them building relationships and understanding what life is like from their point of view. I feel it’s important to contribute what I can to the work at Kanlungan- and I guess I’m best at working with kids. I’m also looking forward to meeting the wonderful staff who are so dedicated to the project.

 

Please continue to pray for the team as they make last minute preparations for the trip and for the projects as their prepare to receive us.    We are grateful for everyone who given money for us to take out with us and look forward finding out what blessing that money will be able to provide.

Please keep checking the blog while we are away to keep up to date with our news and pass on the blog address to anyone who is interested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Team

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My name is Sarah, I like listening to a lot of music and reading a lot of books, I have no expectation for the trip because I want it to be an adventure not a planned trip. I have grown up with my dad going on trips to the Philippines so I wanted to go and now I am.

 

 

richardMy name is Richard  and I am 23, currently working as a Sports Therapist at Burnley Football club.

From the trip I am hoping to experience new culture, as I haven’t travelled further than Europe before, but I also just want to have fun with the kids to make sure they have a great few days in our company. I have spoken to Burnley Football club and they have given me 20 Burnley football kits to give to the charity and I can’t wait to see a few of the boys wearing them whilst we play.

 

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My name is Celia, I’m 22 and a nurse at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.  I volunteered at an orphanage in Sri Lanka last year, where I taught English, and enjoyed spending time with the young girls doing general girlie things. From the trip to the Philippines I would like to help in the same way by simply giving the children things to look forward to, even if it is things that we take for granted back at home.

 

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My name is Alexandra and I have just returned home from a 5-month trip around the world. Beforehand I was working as a food photographer, but now I am working towards getting a job in the travel industry which will allow me to continue travelling.

I have no expectations for our trip, although visiting similar poverty-ridden areas in Cambodia and South Africa has taught me that the time we have with the children is so precious to them. I would like to help spread the awareness of the charity so that more people ma be able to help.

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My name is Charlie  and I work at events such as music and food festivals. I have also just returned from a  5 month trip which took me to 11 different countries. I am hoping the trip will teach me about the locals and ways in which we can help them more in the future.    

Manila Trip 2016

In 11 days time a team of 16 people will be travelling to Manila to spend nearly three weeks working with Kanlungan projects.     The team is a mix of adults and teenagers, some returning to Manila and others visiting for the first time.

We’ll introduce some of the team this week and then update the blog regularly during the trip.

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Zac is 15 and this will be his second visit to Manila.

‘My parents are Streetlight Trustees so I have grown up feeling part of the Kanlungan  family.

I visited Kanlungan with my family when I was 8 years old.    I remember play with children on the streets who were the same age as me but had to look after themselves.  

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Visiting Kanlungan with my family in 2010

 

 

 

On this visit I think I will see things differently because I am much older.      

My school has helped me raise some money and I will be able to go back to school to tell them how their money has been spent.’

 

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Helen

‘Mark & I have visit Kanlungan a number of times as trustees of Streetlight Trust.

Things always change between visits and it is always exciting to see new project developments.

For me visiting Kanlungan is about seeing individual lives being change.     I hope to be able to bring home many personal stories which I will  share with supporters through this blog in months to come.’

Happy Birthday KSEM Kafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KSEM KAFE

KSEM Kafe is celebrating its 5th Year Anniversary this week.  

Customers are being offered a special birthday menu of home cooked treats such as pasta bake, freshly made sandwiches, cakes, muffins and brownies.   All served with their own coffee or delicious fruit smoothies.  

 

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The cafe continues to offer job opportunities and skills training to young people who have grown up through the Kanlungan family.

 

STREETLIGHT TRUST’S 10TH BIRTHDAY

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THIS MONTH STREETLIGHT TRUST CELEBRATES ITS 10th BIRTHDAY

We want to give thanks for everything that has happened at Streetlight as we celebrate our 10th birthday this year.

When we first met in the living room at Andrew’s house in Great Brickhill, we were trying to work out how to raise the £6,000 a year that our friends at Kanlungan needed to replace the funding they were about to lose from Bethany Children’s Trust.  Last week, with our latest regular gift to Kanlungan, we passed the £400,000 of giving milestone.

On behalf of all the Trustees, we want to thank all of you for being with us every step of the way.  Your support in so many different ways has been amazing.  Thank you.

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PARTNERS DAY:

And now a date for the diary :

21 May 2016 when we will be hosting a Partners Day at

         St Mary’s Church Bletchley, Milton Keynes

                 from 1- 5pm followed by a cream tea

All our Supporters are warmly invited to come together to celebrate, learn more and pray for the future of Streetlight Trust.    

 

 

Kanlungan featured in Philippine Tatler Magazine

Following on from last years Streetlight visit to Kanlungan one of that team has managed to get at article about Kanlungan published in this months edition of ‘The Philippine Tatler’.

We never know what doors God is going to open next and we share in the Kanlungan Staffs gratitude for this unexpected opportunity.

As one of the Kanlungan staff put it.

Kanlungan was featured in Philippine Tatler on their January 11, 2016 issue. Isn’t that posh?! 

Our deepest appreciation to Ate Charlotte  for opening doors to the foremost society magazine in the Philippines’.

 

You can view the article in The Tatler at http://ph.asiatatler.com/life/advocacy/a-warm-refuge

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A Warm Refuge

Kanlungan sa Er-Ma Ministry Inc helps abused children develop their sense of dignity.

By Eirah Ople on Jan 11, 2016

Children are our future; they must be led to a more promising world. This is the mission of Kanlungan sa Er-Ma Ministry Inc. For almost 30 years, this organisation has served as a parent to misguided and abused children. Support from World Vision and former President Cory Aquino’s social fund started the drop-in centres of Kanlungan in the late ’80s, which served as temporary shelters for the abused children.

Although these centres eventually closed down, Kanlungan did not lose faith. Programmes such as the teaching of important values through story-telling, creating fun activities for children to participate in, counselling and bible studies were also conducted. For long-term assistance, volunteers also referred the children to the appropriate social agencies.

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                                                  Children in Kanlungan sa Er-Ma Ministry compete in a sports festival with children from other centres

 

Sol Balbero, the executive director, says that there are residential care programmes for both girls and boys located in Laguna and Cavite, respectively. “Of course we also prepare [for] these children who have finished high school or college. Then we try to create jobs [to help] them,” says Balbero. “The whole programme of Kanlungan is based on the premise of continuity from the streets to the communities, to the drop-in centres, to residential care programmes, and onto independent living.”

One of the long-term help programmes Kanlungan sa Er-Ma came up with is offering children a two-year vocational college programme which can assure an eventual means of livelihood in the future. They established income-generating projects which could take in the children after they finish their vocational courses.

 

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A young girl from the streets of Manila was given food by Kanlungan

There are a lot of problems begging to be addressed. The organisation is aware that they have yet to overcome a huge hurdle. “The biggest challenge, however, [is finding out] how [to] restore the broken lives of the children who were exploited,” says Balbero. For more information, please contact +632.526.1733 or +632.523.0825

 

Thank you Ate Charlotte for making this possible…..
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Run to Feed – How could you help?

On Saturday 17th October 200 children from the Kanlungan projects are taking part in a Charity Fun Run in Centre Manila raising awareness and money for the Kanlungan Feeding and Health Education Programmes.

The children are really excited about the event and we are so proud of them for taking part.

YOU CAN SUPPORT THEM……..

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Could you organise your own charity event on the same day.   You could run, walk, or just drink tea and eat cake.

 

E-mail   info@streetlight-trust.org.uk For an event organisers pack.

 

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SPONSOR A KANLUNGAN CHILD WHO IS RUNNING IN THE FUN RUN

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Just click the My Donate button here to make a donation.     All money donated goes directly to the Projects in the Philippines.

Don’t forget to GIFT AID if you can!….

RUN TO FEED – Sponsor a runner

 

 

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17th October 2015

Kanlungan sa Er-Ma Ministry are organising a charity FUN RUN in Rizal Park in the centre of Manila.

RUN TO FEED will be raising money specifically for the feeding, health and nutrition program of all the children under the care of Kanlungan.

As well as local supporters of Kanlungan it is hoped that 200 children from the Kanlungan projects will be able to join the 3K or 5K run.

The children would love to be sponsored for this.    We would like to raise £10 for each of the children who takes part.    Please spread the word and encourage your friends to support this event.

Click to donate through our BT My Donate page. my donate button

 

 

 

Or……
You can donate to Streetlight on your Mobile Phone!phone donate

 

Just text the word SLTR12 £10 to 70070

(or whatever amount you want to give)

This is a free service provided by Vodafone JustTextGiving.

Pearl’s Story

The Streetlight Trust visit to Kanlungan last month brought the team into contact with a number of people who, as children, received life changing support from Kanlungan and who’s success stories of lives transformed were an inspiration.

Mary, one of the streetlight trustees shares just one of these stories.

PEARLS STORY

Pearl is the eldest of eight children, her family moved from Samar to Manila to find work, money being tight she dropped out of school. However met up with Kanlungan by attending a Vacation Church School run by the ODC. From there she attended Home School with Teacher Bing , which led to her being supported by Kanlungan though the state school system until she successfully graduated High school.

She went on to do a 2 year IT course, all the time being encouraged and supported by Kanlungan.

Pearl was offered a 3 month internship with MAA Assurance, a large assurance company in the Makati district of Manila (the chairman of the company has for many years spent his birthday with the children at Benitez House)

They were so pleased with her work they offered her a job, and today when we visiting her at work I found out she came second in ‘ the best new comer award ‘

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Pearl now supports her family financially and buys food for them. She  lives independently in a boarding house, just a Jeepney ride away from her office, she often helps Wilma and the street team giving her testimony and encouraging the children.  She also call at Benitez House in her office clothes to encourage the children to continue to study.

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