Sunday, May 8, 2011
BUKID KABATAAN CENTER for Abused Children & The GOOD SHEPHERD SISTERS
About the BUKID KABATAAN (CHILDREN'S FARM) CENTER: "Since the 1970’s, the number of children living in the streets of Manila and other cities of the Philippines has greatly increased. The problems of internal migration of families from the rural communities to the big urban centers and high unemployment have contributed to make it extremely difficult for poor family members to meet their basic needs. Thousands of children began to roam the streets in search of food and shelter. They were also prey for the numerous traffickers of children and were often physically or sexually abused. Many end up in prostitution dens. In response to this growing social problem, the Good Shepherd Sisters opened a small shelter for street girls in 1983 under the auspices of Caritas, Manila, and located in Pandacan, Manila. In 1989, also on the instigation of the Good Shepherd Sisters, a recovery and healing center for boys was opened by Caritas in General Trias, Cavite. The residential center was built on a 6-hectare land donated by Msgr. Francisco Tantoco, then Executive Director of Caritas, Manila. The center became known as Bukid Kabataan (Children’s Farm)."
"Go after the lost sheep without any rest other than the cross, no consolation other than work, no thirst other than for justice".
- St. Mary Euphrasia
Good Shepherd Sisters