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Last week I was running some errands with my niece Glenda and my son Chris. We were gone for quite awhile. When the place we went to didn’t have the stuff we wanted we then head home.

Irish and Arnie

Irish and Arnie

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As soon as we opened the gate I could see my kids and my other niece and our helpers were so busy talking. I can’t see what they were doing and busy about, so after opening the gate we went to the area where all of them were standing.

As soon as Jared and Jean saw me they immediately told me “Oh mom, here’s 2 young kids that are so hungry and no food in their house. We gave them something to eat and drink”.

I was shocked that two little ones were walking on the streets without parents supervision or somebody. I then asked the older girl how old are they? She told me her name is Arnie and that she’s 9 years old (which looking at her size, she looks like a 5 year old girl to me). She continued on saying that her younger sister, her name is Irish and she’s 6 years old (which looks like 3 years old).

The older one is not too shy but more reserved. The younger one, she’s more giggly and friendly and not shy with the camera. They were going around our neighborhood to get some empty Coke bottles and other stuff that they can make money with. So my kids and niece told them that we they will be gathering our empty bottles and other stuff that we are not using to give it to them. They were ecstatic and so thankful.

The older girl Arnie came by again at our house yesterday to pick up the empty bottles. So I got a chance to talk to her. I asked her where is her mom? She answered that her mom was out doing laundry with other people and was paid (not enough really to support the family). Her dad she said was just at the house watching the house. It really puzzled me that the dad just stays home and not looking for a job for him to feed his family. I was just quiet and really feeling sorry for the kids.  I asked her if she goes to school and did she already had some school supplies? She said yes, she’s going to school but they did not buy their school supplies yet. I asked her if she is saving the money that she will be making from the bottles for her school stuff? She said no, we are giving the money from the sale of the empty bottles to our mom to buy rice.

Gosh, my heart just goes out to these girls. What can I say. My kids are gathering the extra school supplies that they have from last year and we have extra too when we went shopping a few days ago. Nicole had some stuff that she’s not using and fits perfect for Arnie. So at least they have some stuff.

Our yard guy brought some bananas for us. He brought a lot. So we gave some to Arnie for her and family to have for snacks. She had bottles and some other stuff on the bags that she’s carrying. We let her eat something first before sending her home. I even offered to pay for her fare but she declined. She said she will just walk home. We were really watching her, and I could tell my kids really like Arnie. I was telling Arnie to really try to study hard and work hard because that’s the only thing she will have to improve her life. I know lots of kids that live the same life as Arnie and Irish have live.

Really knowing the two kids now,  I’m hoping that someday they will have a better life. Praying for them for that.

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Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Ed Griffin

Thank God for the Martin family and for those who look out for the little ones! I pray that one day I will be blessed to assist many! You have done a great job of raising your kids and not be “me, my and mine” selfish kids of the U.S.

Keep up the great work!
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CJ Cook
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Great story, it brought tears to the wife’s eyes as we were reading it. She says that she has seen this to many times in CDO. Thank God for the Martin family!

maynard handy
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maynard handy

First off God bless you,you have a heart of gold,i also do and cant help to give the kids something to eat or a few peso’s.I wish i could help them all.I to have to buy school supplies and shoes ,and of course some for a poor family girl to..Keep up the good work.

Mark
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Mark

Unfortunately, there are so many children like this in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia. It’s impossible to help all of them, but if we took the time to help out like you did, Feyma, we can make a difference. Well done!

Neal in RI
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Neal in RI

Bob
Great story, sad thing it is not a story but the real deal.
So I am wondering on how hard of a hurdle was it to get over when you move there and see so many poor unfortunate Kids and only being able to help so few.
Maybe you have to get in the mindset of knowing that you helped some and without your help they would have never been helped at all.

MindanaoBob
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Ha ha… just to clarify, the article is from Feyma, not me.

Willeme
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Willeme

What a good hearted Bob & Feyma’s family. My heart goes out for those kids. 🙁

David Heil
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David Heil

Thank you for the nice article! I was very happy to read this. Your children’s behavior reflect their good upbringing. Good job, Bob and Feyma! We should all be as kind!

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Hi, this is Cheryl’s fiance. Gosh! I am so happy you could help out a bit, but feel so bad for those little girls. Hopefully their life will get better. In my travels to the Philippines I have seen this so often and each and EVERY time it chokes me up. My filipina fiance lived like that…never knowing if she was going to be able to eat or not when she was younger. There are so many like that. And to think I spend more a day on mochas than most of these people make and all I do is… Read more »

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petterjoy

hi mate will u just know how to make a old man cry dont u it gos to my heart to see kids like this with no hope in life at tall it is so sad but we can do a lot if we was to start in a little way and help kids like this i am trying to start some thing here in tassie to help the street kids all i need is some one to back me and away i willl go as i hate this as it make me down too look on little one with… Read more »

Henry
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Henry

Dear Feyma,
As I wipe the tears from my eyes, I have to say God bless you and your family. Just looking at the little girl’s eyes tells a lot of their struggles. The kindness shared by your kids shows how blessed you really are. Cheers!

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