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TAYUMAN’S SHELTER OF MERCY

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TAYUMAN’S SHELTER OF MERCY

Arnold Janssen Kalinga sa Kapuwa Center of the SVD fathers gives free bath and meals to the homeless of Tondo
/ 04:30 AM December 19, 2016
Every Thursday or Saturday morning, the homeless, old and young, from different parts of Tondo, line up at the Arnold Janssen Kalinga sa Kapuwa Center on Tayuman Street, Manila, for free bath and meals. —PHOTOS BY JILSON SECKLER TIU

Every Thursday or Saturday morning, the homeless, old and young, from different parts of Tondo, line up at the Arnold Janssen Kalinga sa Kapuwa Center on Tayuman Street, Manila, for free bath and meals. —PHOTOS BY JILSON SECKLER TIU

Tayuman area in Manila is the hub for many illegal settlers who have no access to basic needs such as education and even toiletry. Some—both children and adults—resort to drug use and petty crimes just to get by.

Homeless children eating lunch during Kalinga Day, Thursday. In exchange for the meals, drug users must surrender rugby- or solvent-laced cloth they usually use as hunger suppressant.

Homeless children eating lunch during Kalinga Day, Thursday. In exchange for the meals, drug users must surrender rugby- or solvent-laced cloth they usually use as hunger suppressant.

Every day, the homeless face abject poverty and go deeper into depression that goes hand in hand with living an unlivable life.

Child waits for her turn for a free bath

Child waits for her turn for a free bath

Some of the elderly homelss have been abandoned by their families. Some of the homeless are young mothers who were victims of sexual abuse or domestic violence.

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Family waiting for meals

Family waiting for meals

They are often found traveling around Tondo with makeshift pushcarts made of wood and metal scraps fished out of trash bins and the nearest dump.

Educational recreation for children at Arnold Janssen Kalinga sa Kapuwa Center

Educational recreation for children at Arnold Janssen Kalinga sa Kapuwa Center

But every Thursday, there is a place in Tayuman that opens its doors to the impoverished; it is where children, young mothers, and the elderly can drop by for a little relief—the Arnold Janssen Kalinga sa Kapuwa Center (AJKKC).

Retired teacher “Ester” confiscates industrial solvent-laced cloth from a child.

Retired teacher “Ester” confiscates industrial solvent-laced cloth from a child.

It has been a year since the center, whose establishment was spearheaded by Fr. Flavie L. Villanueva, mission secretary and coordinator for justice and peace issues of the Philippine Central Province of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), started helping those in need.

Donor taking photo of children performing

Donor taking photo of children performing

Primarily a feeding and hygiene (toilet and bath) center, AJKKC provides food, bathing and toilet facilities, education, and spiritual guidance to the less fortunate.

Photos of missing homeless people

Photos of missing homeless people

People from all walks of life head to the center for some much needed physical, emotional and mental rejuvenation. —CONTRIBUTED

Mothers as young as 15 go to Kalinga center to feed their children.

Mothers as young as 15 go to Kalinga center to feed their children.

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