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Reflection: A Visit to Manila Boys Home and Girls Home

Posted by Timothy on April 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM

The Manila Boys town is an orphanage for the homeless, abandoned, forgotten, and voluntarily surrendered children. We conducted our agency visit today and by just being there reminds me of how very fortunate and honored I am. Very fortunate because I grew in a household that fulfilled my hierarchy of needs from physiological to self-esteem needs. I am honored because I am studying medicine wherein not anyone are privileged to take. Seeing them smile because of a simple game, a sandwich and juice drink enlightens me. They’ve got almost nothing but they can manage to be happy. It gives me no excuse to feel anxious and not be glad for what I have. I sometimes spoil what I have by desiring what I do not have. I forget that what I have now was once among the things I only hope for. We are not from a rich family and studying Medicine was only a dream. But God used some people to help me reach my dream. I also hope the same for these children. They maybe already psychologically and mentally scarred for life but still there is still life. A life that can make changes possible through time. A time that they can cherish and help themselves grow. And as they grow they can meet or create opportunities. Opportunity to be someone they want to be which was stripped away from them right from the very start.


A child with a candid smile while playing paper dance



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