Malate is one of the places in Manila where people live in extreme poverty, most girls work in prostitution and many kids live in the streets. Every night they sleep in the street on cardboard, trying to find a rather safe place where nobody bothers them and during the day they beg and play in the streets of Malate.
“Hey you! Money!” is sometimes the only thing they know how to say in English. In general the level of English is very high in the Philippines, as English is taught in school from the very beginning on. Yet all the kids that never went to school or dropped out at some point barely speak English, which obviously minimizes their chances of finding a proper job when they grow up.
After spending a lot of time in Malate while being in the Philippines, we got to know some of the kids and realized that besides the obvious helpful things to learn for kids, such as Math and English they also long for attention and somebody that cares.
This is why we started our little volunteering teaching class. Every morning we spend two hours with the kids, teach them essentials, play with them and help them with life as far as we can. They know where to find us and that they are safe with us. We are always in the same place at the same time and teach them, using cardboards as blackboards and markers for writing. Once per week we are doing arts together, we make paintings or we are colouring the street with crayons. We are also teaching how to preserve the environment, how to make Malate a nicer place to live and reduce waste in daily life. Even though that’s a luxury problem for these kids.
Teaching street children in Manila is aiming at base level education for every child that wants to join our open lessons and also trying to encourage and support kids to at best go back to a public school.