Upon the volunteers' arrival, they were met by the 'house mother' who gave an orientation prior to meeting the children. The morning started with some interactive games which helped the girls and the volunteers to get to know one another better. Whilst the volunteers were instructed not to delve into the girls’ personal information or past experiences, through the games, they learnt that the girls were longing for companionship because they have not been with their families since the day they were brought to the Centre.
To support the Centre’s goal of providing opportunities for the children to earn their own money while at Tahanan, the BMSC volunteers spent the morning teaching them how to make various jewellery pieces from pearls and beads. Everyone had a good time working together, with many using their creativity to produce different bracelet and necklace designs.
As a token of the visit, the team gave personalised bath towels and toiletries to the girls.
To cap the event, the girls showcased their talents by treating their Ate’s (older sisters) and Kuya’s (older brothers) to some dance interpretations of The Prayer and Glowing Inside.
Before the volunteers left, one of the girls requested that the volunteers hold hands and form a circle. She then wholeheartedly thanked the volunteers for the visit and hoped to see them again.
The activity brought about the much needed realisation that it does not take much to bring joy to someone’s life by showing them that you care.
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.