Junjun had been deprived of proper care and nourishment for the many years that his family lived on the ruthless streets of Manila. Junjun was beaten every time his abusive father got drunk, which was frequently.
It wasn't until a concerned neighbor intervened and referred him to our project partner in Manila, that he discovered that he was not only welcomed, but also loved and valued in his new sheltered and caring environment. In his new home, Junjun does not have to worry about where to get his next meal or have to roam the streets in search of it because his new family is providing it for him. There are no more bruising wounds to break him down.
Eventually, Junjun started to gain some weight, started learning to play and have fun with other children, and it is also observed he is gaining confidence in interacting with other kids at home and at school through his participation in sports and other games.