I can't believe there has been so little media coverage of this story. I'm not connected to any social media but apparently I'm going to need to. I'm working hard to put together my new website so I can try to get the message out that people need help.
I hope DU will take an interest in this. The Philippines is supposedly a strategic ally of the US, but maybe we ignore them because they are so poor. It makes me so angry. Our country doesnt seem to care. That is why I'm trying to do something on my own.
The Children there are so amazing. Since the first time I visited the RP I wanted to do something to help the street kids who beg for money or food at every intersection. They get more creative all the time. On my last visit, at a red light just leaving the Mactan airport, there was a knock at my taxi window. A boy had his little friend in a headlock and was holding a toy gun to his head and the little kid had his hand out. I laughed so hard as I struggled to grab some coins from my pocket before the light turned green. Every time i eat out, I take a doggie bag to give to kids or even the old ladies who approach with hands out, begging.
Witnessing the poverty first hand is a life changing experience. I am unemployed here in the US, but compared to the good people of the Philippines, I'm doing fine. I want to help them so much and I think others might too if they only knew. Our good President says we will be more focused on SE Asia in the 21st century, but it seems the focus so far is on military strategy and not humanitarian.