Tahanan Sta. Luisa is a crisis intervention and recovery centre for the rehabilitation of abused and prostituted street girls. Currently, they provide residential care to 18 female pre-adolescent and adolescent street children; providing support to help them overcome the negative experiences of their past.
The BMSC Corporate Responsibility Working Group understands girls’ ordeal and would like to alleviate it with a special and meaningful Christmas activity. The BMSC team prepared a fun morning with games and gift giving followed by a simple lunch for the girls. Prior to the event, the girls were asked to come up with their individual Christmas wish list.
Through the personal pledges of their Ate’s (older sisters) and Kuya’s (older brothers), the girls were able to receive their desired gifts. The smiles on their faces and expressions upon opening their gifts showed their appreciation. The simple gesture from the team provided much comfort to the girls and gave them hope for the future.
“We thought you would cancel because of the recent typhoon. Most of the groups who planned to visit us have cancelled and we understand. We are lucky to still have a place to live – and if we can, we want to help in packing relief goods as well. We are really happy that you came today,” said one of the girls.
Apart from the personalised gifts, the generosity of BMSC and other Deutsche Knowledge Services colleagues made it possible to provide gift baskets for their families and for the in-house volunteers. Basic household equipment such as bed sheets, plates and utensils and electric fans were also given to the shelter.
It is truly heartwarming that employees are willing to dig deeper into their pockets during these difficult times and BMSC is extremely grateful for all the generous hearts that made the activity possible.