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Angels in our midst



Just recently, I came upon a Facebook post of my dear friend, Ito Curata, about their group, Angels to Street Kids, visiting the Tulay ng Kabataan house near the Manila Cathedral. I am sharing it with you because I find the “Angels” inspiring as they are setting a good example to other well-to-do members of society who have the time and the resources to contribute to the wellbeing of their fellowmen. That they are addressing the needs of children makes their efforts even more noteworthy, our young people being the “hope of our fatherland.”

Our reportage is, of course, in keeping with the purpose of this column, which is to inspire the privileged sector to pay forward by sharing their blessings. Hence, we are featuring personalities, clubs and cliques who cheerfully give to society.

The Angels brought with them lunch for 50 of the children, who related stories about their day-to-day lives. Bob Miller, Ito and their son Taj, along with the ladies, listened heartily as the kids talked about their dreams and ambitions.

On hand to welcome them was Father Matthieu Dauchez, the French priest who oversees the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation which serves nearly 1,500 street children in 20 facilities in Metro Manila. Some 300 children live in these facilities, while the others, who “stay out” benefit from the various services of the foundation, including counselling, education and health and nutrition support.

According to Ito, “It was a great day that began with breakfast at Chef Jessie’s headquarters in Makati,” where they prepared the foodstuff they brought to the kids..

Furthermore, Ito, on behalf of the group, would like to thank Mara Geriene who sponsored the feeding and Chef Jessie who catered the food.