by: Ida Mandinyenya
Monday, April 18, 2016 | Social Responsibility |
Last April 12, the world observed International Day for Street Children - a global platform for millions of street children to speak out so that their rights are not ignored. The theme this year is 'Identity' and it is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges faced by street children. Without access to identity documents such as a birth certificate, these children cannot enroll in school or access basic healthcare services. Apart from their physical identity, they also find it difficult to gain acceptance from the public due to their situations.
In collaboration with MS Arts Club, MicroMissions visited the I Love Street Children (ILSC) shelter home in Makati last April 16. This shelter home provides street families with shelter, rice, education, and livelihood opportunities so they can rebuild their lives and one day stand on their own. ILSC is currently home to 17 children and 13 parents.
MicroMissions is thankful to the 26 MicroSourcing volunteers who joined the International Day for Street Children outreach activity. There was participation from across all Manila sites and we are delighted. We believe every child deserves to be loved and it was heartwarming to hear the children scream out the names of familiar volunteers upon arrival. The goal of MicroMissions is to strengthen our corporate commitment by building long-lasting relationships with our existing non-profit organization partners. So, it is important for us to return to the communities we have been in contact with before and increase our social impact.
We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to MS Arts Club Leader Angelito Castro who facilitated a basic origami session for the children. With the help of the volunteers, each child had an opportunity to create an origami tulip and whale. The children also paid close attention to the story telling session that was communicated to them using origami.
Clients Sirke Kontio and Rachel Chew also joined the MicroMissions outreach. They were accompanied by MOA Account Manager Rose Tan and had the opportunity to meet and socialize with the children. Cherry Claveria, who manages the day-to-day operations of the shelter home, also spoke to the clients about ILSC's model and their sponsorship program.
As part of our contribution to ILSC, MicroSourcing donated four fire extinguishers and four emergency LED lights to the shelter home. This will ensure that the home is safe in case of an emergency and also that it meets the Bureau of Fire Protection safety standards.
"Thank you very much for your interest in helping the children." - Diane Rose Thomas (Humanility President)