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■Latest news from the Philippines (2007/10/31)

□A staff of UNICEF visited KnK sites on September 3rd.

KnK network Philippines has been supported by UNICEF in terms of Educational projects since the beginning of September. Therefore, a staff of UNICEF visited several field sites of KnK. First of all, she observed ALS (Alternative Learning System: non-formal education), and visited houses of KnK beneficiaries in Payatas in the morning.

In the afternoon, we brought her to Bagong Silang, and she observed ALS class in Ph 7 of Bagong Silang. Then, she talked with some of KnK beneficiaries, a social worker (KnK staff) and Peer educators. Afterwards, we visited "House for Youth" in Ph 1 of Bagong Silang, and she interviewed adolescents in the house about their past experiences and some changes since they started dealing with KnK, etc. Each staff of KnK network Philippines makes more efforts to achieve our aim such as children’s rehabilitation and their further life improvement hereafter.
We would appreciate it if you could continuously support our activities.

□Monitoring of “Street Children Project” in Caloocan City on September 5th.

KnK network Philippines has various projects as follows; “House for Youth” Project as KnK aims the rehabilitation and independence of adolescents, “Education Support” Project in cooperation with people in a community and local government units in order to prevent crimes by youths, and "Street Children" Project is conducted in Caloocan City (south) and a part of Quezon City.

"Street Children" Project
KnK staff continue monitoring children who live on the street in three (3) places; around Sangandaan Cemetery that has been one (1) of KnK field sites in Caloocan City (South), Monumento in the same City and Balintawak of Quezon City (the boundary between Caloocan City and Quezon City). Also, KnK has been making the data base of those street children’s information based on the interviews in those three (3) areas.

Moreover, KnK regularly conducts seminars and Alternative Activities that social workers (KnK staff) and the team of Street Children Project make schemes for children to participate those activities easily.

It takes about 20 minutes by bus from KnK office to Balintawak. On September 5th, we arrived in Balintawak in the morning. As soon as we started monitoring street children there, members who wore T-shirt of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) approached to children and began momentarily arresting children and adolescents who lived on the street.

Two girls clung to us (KnK staff) respectively, and they cried and said "I do not want to go!!!" They really resisted going with MMDA members because they knew that they would lose their freedom after being put in facilities (a rehabilitation center and/or a detention center). On that day, KnK social worker had discussed those 2 girls’ cases with a leader of MMDA members, and 2 girls were able to stay in Balintawak without being taken.

However, they live on the street with fears whether they will be brought to rehabilitation center by MMDA anytime….

□Ms. Gemma Powell (2nd KnK Intern) arrived in the Philippines on September 11th.

After Mr. Nishikawa as a previous intern, Ms. Gemma Powell came to the Philippines from England this time. She had experienced KnK sites of the Philippines for 1 month.

An activity report from Gemma is as follows.

“Hi, I’m Gemma from the UK. I became involved in KnK while working in Junior High School in Japan. My students, the community and I raised money to support KnK International, I was fortunate to be able to spend 5 weeks as an intern with KnK network Philippines.

Before I arrived, I had seen photographs of the work KnK does with street children and children in conflict with the law. However visiting the urban poor areas of Manila and seeing in real life, young children using solvents, their vulnerability and the look desperation in their eyes, is something I will never forget.

Gemma : second from right
However, hearing the beneficiaries’ stories about how their lives have changed because of KnK reconfirmed my belief in the vital work it is doing. Providing educational opportunities and empowering children through promoting their rights give children a chance to avoid life on the streets or in jail. I hope that through the generous support of donors, KnK can continue to provide essential support to vulnerable children in Manila. Because of KnK network Philippines, many young people have something they thought was impossible before, but can be achieved now, and children's dreams will continue in the future.”
Thank you for helping KnK network Philippines for 1 month, Gemma. Also, we appreciate that you convey a message based on the reality and this situation here to your students in Japan.

□3 organizations visited a Quezon City Mayor on September 18th.

(background: ICAN, SALT and KnK have been working and serving children and people in the community of Payatas for several years. Most of beneficiaries of these three (3) non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are scavengers and live near the dumpsite. Those services and projects might be affected by the plan of the local government in the near future. Even though the plan is uncertain, there are many issues in terms of closing the dumpsite. Many years have passed since the closing plan started being discussed, but the plan is not decided, yet. Payatas dumpsite is operated by Payatas Operations Group of Quezon City, and garbage is dumped everyday from not only Quezon City but also partially other cities of Metro Manila. )

In order to understand the latest situation, these three (3) NGOs visited Quezon City Mayor, Hon. Mayor Sonny Belmonte on September 18th together. According to the City Mayor, there is no definite plan or timing of the closure. The local government is still exploring some places for garbage and City cannot close Payatas Dumpsite soon even though it seems Dumpsite is getting higher and higher and very risky currently.

However, once we consider the slide accident (collapse of a part of Dumpsite) in Payatas in July, 2000, related people start having fears and concerns because it affects safety of people who live in the community around Dumpsite if Dumpsite is getting higher and bigger than a current size.

Some of KnK scholars and ALS students live close to Dumpsite, too. Therefore, KnK will continue exchanging information regularly with other NGOs and related institutions, and cooperate with local government units.

□KnK started a new project, “House for neglected children” in Harmony on September 30th.

KnK had asked Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to accept KnK beneficiaries (neglected children) temporarily in June, and those children were taken cared by DSWD in Tahanang until September. Now, KnK is ready to take care of those children again and transferred them from Tahanang to the new place in Harmony, Bulacan. Their new life has just begun!

Although those children were abandoned by their own parents and/or families in the past, they can live at rest with cares finally. This house is a group home type. This project was realized based on your warm supports. Thank you very much for your cooperating with us. At the same time, we would appreciate it if you could understand and continuously support KnK projects in the future, too.

October 31, 2007
Public Relations and Fund-raising Officer
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