[This story was first published on the Servants website back in 2006. It’s an honour to hear and share stories like these.] Gilda is in her early fifties. She is unmarried and has considerable life experience. Growing up in a poor province in the Philippines, her father had always emphasized the need for good education.
Even as the country reels from the killing of Dutch aid worker Wilhelmus JJ Lutz Geertman, a Swiss couple who has lived and worked among Manila’s urban slum dwellers for over 10 years returns to share their story. Christian and Christine Schneider are white but they speak Filipino as if they were born and raised
“No Foreigners live there!” said the locals when the Schneider family moved into the slums of Manila. Yet the landfills and shanties became their home for many years. It is here that they meet Bic, the crown witness, the moribund Mariebelle, Arol the rapist, the billionaire Dona, the guerilla Noel, the burnt-out development worker Rob…
A few months ago, a Servants project called Onesimo Kids rented and renovated two rooms right on the street. This new drop-in centre in Quiapo/Manila is already reaching around 20 street kids every day. Each day by 1pm, about 20 kids aged from 6 to 13 come to the Centre, and take part in activities
Jennifer (15) shares with tears in her eyes her life story: broken family and abuse, drugs and long nights in the streets. A lot of kids have tears in their eyes while listening to this story. It reminds them of their own experiences and memories. Afterwards the kids share in small groups their own stories