None of us can control where we are born but life can be dramatically different depending upon where we grow up.
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If you were born on the streets of Manila, capital of the Philippines, then right now you would be living on pagpag. To create pagpag a resourceful entrepreneur will pay the owner of a local food franchise (say a KFC) for their rubbish. Late one night they will be given bin liners full of all sorts. They will root through the bags and find the bits of eaten chicken and strip tiny traces of meat that customers have missed, wiping off the other rubbish, the flies and ignoring the smell (it’s hot in Manila – food goes off quickly). They will gather a few plastic bags full of scraps (mainly bone) and take it away with them.
Now, can you imagine your parent buying this food the following day and feeding it to you? It’s already hot by the time they’ve bought it, and this is the 2nd day it’s been left in the sweltering heat... The reality in the Philippines is that you’d be lucky if you have a parent at all, let alone a parent who can afford to buy anything to ease the pain of your empty stomach.
Many of the street children are orphans – which means they have no mum or dad – who spend all day begging in the heat to earn enough for a single pagpag meal that they’ll split between 3 or 4 of them. They can’t go to school as they have to spend their days earning enough money for their share of pagpag, and more to feed young siblings sometimes too. They get ill a lot. They are likely to have suffered violence, exploitation and possibly sexual assault too.
Can you imagine if you or a child you know had been born there? I can’t begin to comprehend it, and it’s just down to luck that we and our children aren’t born into this reality.
YOU CAN CHANGE THE REALITY FOR THESE AND THOUSANDS MORE SUFFERING CHILDREN RIGHT NOW You can transform their tomorrow by Sponsoring A Child just 50p a day today, or you can make an instant donation by clicking below. It will only take you a minute or two but it will change lives forever. Please make a difference now!
If you were born in somewhere such as South Africa then chances are you’d be one of millions of AIDS orphans. There are entire generations growing up across Africa without any parents due to AIDS. Can you imagine how hard would life be if you lost both parents as an infant?
You are devastated and alone, but it gets worse…There aren’t many places that you can turn to for support and comfort. Your uncles, aunts and even some of your friends have died from AIDS too… no-one wants to touch you or be near you as they assume you have AIDS as well, and even today many people are not aware of how it is transmitted.
You are devastated and alone, but you have more problems that you don’t yet realize. You are a child so you don’t have a source of income, you will probably lose your home quite quickly. You have no money for food or drink. You’ll be out on the street. You are only young, say 8 years old, how will you cope? How many of us could cope at any age? What life do you have ahead as an orphan on the street? Chances are you will get exploited very quickly, at best you’ll be forced into begging, at worst you’ll be sexually exploited over and over again. Even if you survive for a few years what future lies ahead?
CHANGE THIS PICTURE NOW A regular donation of just 50p a day enables us to help orphans come to terms with their terrible losses. With your help we can provide food, shelter, education and the chance of a real life rather than a lonely, vulnerable, dangerous existence. Our AIDS education programmes work to prevent the continuing spread of this disease, and to remove the stigma surrounding the virus for victims. You can set up a monthly donation here or you can make an instant donation by clicking below. It will only take you a minute or two but it will change lives forever. Please make a difference now!