Street Children

5347 Words Aug 20th, 2006 22 Pages

One of the miseries brought by the modern civilization is the situation of the street children. In the old times, and still now in some areas, children worked with their parents and reamed a lot of things from them; later, children looked after aged parents, and therefore much value was put on children, and there was strong bond of affection between parents and child. However, now it has changed. Parents go to work, and children do not go to work with them. Children only cost much money for food and education. Parents of a poor family are suffering from much financial stress. As the stress becomes bigger, their love for their children decreases. Then, a home, which should be a place children receive affection, becomes a
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Eighteen outreach workers were recruited and assigned to fifteen cities. These workers did referrals, conducted actual outreach on the streets, conducted interviews, made initial contact with families or elatives, and prepared initials diagnosis and action plans. In Manila and Davao City, MSSD provided temporary shelter, intake, counseling and referral services through drop-in centers. Reception and action centers run by two city governments receive street children picked up by police for various offenses. Under the "City of Man" concept of the former First Lady Imelda Marcos, street children were regarded as nuisance and eyesore, they had to be eliminated from the street. Temporary shelter, counseling and value inculcation seminars with families were made available. However, these efforts provided little impact on their situation. Most of them went back on the street after their release form the shelter since they had no other alternative to earn a living. From 1984 to 1990 two networks of non-government social development agencies were organized for advocacy, capability-building and coordination. These agencies supported rehabilitation programs for street children and prevention programs that helped deter child trafficking. The first programs started with a committee of five agencies, under the Council of Welfare Agencies of the Philippines, Inc. (CWAPI), now known as the National Council for social Development Foundation (NCSDF). By
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