A few days ago Bob brought me to a place which I am not expecting to have kids that in need so badly. I am not going to mention the name of the place. They don’t want to be publicly known. I respected their wishes. I will just tell you about my thoughts and heartbreak. First when Bob mention to me about the place, I knew where it is but I thought it was not open because when the time I swing by there I felt that no one was inside the compound. I just thought it was one of those abandoned buildings here in the city. He said to me that he saw people and kids there, and he said hi to them. They did not respond to him, maybe, some people thinks here if its foreigner its almost always a pedophile. So after lunch he asked me if I would want to go with him there and we will bring some candies for the kids, he said maybe we could go inside since its me and him going there. I told him sure. So after we ate our lunch we then off to SM to buy some goodies for the kids. So we went to the place. This place really catered to the sick and malnourished kids here in town. When they get better the family can take them home.
The place is just 2 story simple house with high gated fence. We could hear the kids playing inside. When the lady opened the gate, she asked us who are we wanting to see there? I explained to her that we saw the sign they had outside, and we want to helped out a little bit and we want to see the kids. I felt she was happy to see us and she let us in right away with no hesitation. Before we went to see the kids we were asking how many kids do they have there? She told us that they had 32 kids ages 3-10, and 20 infants 3 months old to toddler right now. When we saw the kids, wow they were really wanting our attention, especially Bob’s attention. A lot of the kids really wanting Bob to carry them. They always had their arms up and asked Bob to carry(kugos) them. A lot of them say kugosa ko (carry me) please. Bob didn’t know what they were talking about. He asked me what the kids were talking to him about. I told him that they want him to carry them. One kid doesn’t want to let go of Bob. It was really hard watching those kids.
One kid really got me until now. I even cried over that kid. She’s 9 years old, but because she was so malnourished, just by looking at her, you would think she’s like 1-2 years old. It really hit me there. I was so heartbroken seeing her. I never saw somebody like that in person. Yes of course I saw like that on TV before, the kids in Africa. You know the big tummy and the arms and legs are so thin. That’s what happened to this girl I saw. Bob carried her, it was so hard looking at her. I can’t help it, in front of that girl I really cried. Didn’t really realized we had kids like that her in town. I should not have shown her that I cried, but its hard not to. She’s so weak and so thin. The in-charge told us that girl was brought there by the parents because they can’t take care of her and they had no means of feeding the girl. The in-charge continue on saying that when the girl arrived there she can’t stand up and can’t move, can’t smile. But now, she was there a few months already. When we saw her she was smiling with us. She can already raise her arms. But the girl still pale and still weak. I really hope and pray that she will continue on her recovery and get better.
We saw one baby there that had tummy problems, his 3 months old. He was crying a bit and when Bob pick him up he stop crying. He was a cute baby too. I saw one kid, she was 10 years old and had problems with her brain I think. She was abandoned by the parents, it was the neighbor that called up the organization and so they got the kid. They’re bringing that kid to the doctor and the hospital. Just by looking at her I think she won’t really be here for a long time. I’m just happy that the organization were helping her now and at least ease some pains that she’s feeling.
They also had some special kids there too. Good thing they were taking good care there. A lot of the kids are going to school. They had volunteers bringing kids to school. They had some helpers there that was paid by the organization. When we were there, those helpers some are washing clothes and others ironing clothes. It’s really nice seeing people do care.
We will go back there this weekend and bring our kids, nieces and nephew. We might volunteer there sometimes. I saw few volunteer people there. It was really nice seeing good people taking time to take care those kids. Hats off to the unending support of some doctors, volunteers and some people that donates to that organization. I am impressed with you guys generosity. I hope more people will do the same.