OURSTORY

Our organization all started with an idea – the desire to make a difference in the lives of children. A group of six professionals, involved in the advocacy for the urban poor rights, realized that in a situation of poverty, the children are the most vulnerable. Children are pushed to the streets and end up as street children.

Fully aware that the children are the future of our country, we wanted to contribute to the effort to build a better community for children, focusing on helping street children rebuild their personhood.

We brainstormed on how to actualize the said support for the street children. The first option was to set-up a training center for the street children. But most of us thought that the idea was too premature and lacked the concrete basis with regard to the actual needs and situation of street children. The second was to organize a paralegal center to address the legal needs of the street children. But we also thought that it does not directly address the street children’s concerned need to process their pains and hurts, the feeling of neglect, abandonment and being unloved.

Through the following weeks, seven additional human rights advocates joined the group for additional insights on the street children phenomenon.

Our group continued to brainstorm and went on immersion until we finally decided on the third option – the conduct of values education for street children as a means to help them process their multifarious experiences, to guide and assist them in clarifying their values, and to help them identify options or alternatives in life, besides street life.

TThus, we formally established the Streetchildren Development Center (SDC) with values education as its central concern. Our organization is composed of professionals and other concerned individuals who want to share their expertise, time or financial resources in the challenging work of helping the street children in their efforts to rebuild their personhood. We are a non-profit organization, organized in 1992. We officially started in 1994, with Quezon City and Mandaluyong City as the primary areas of concern.

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing."

                                                           – Albert Einstein, physicist