Lewis met some of the estimated 85,000 children who live and work on the streets of the capital, Manila, struggling to get enough food and stay healthy and often unable to go to school.
He spent time with a 10 year old boy called Reynold, who looks after both his younger brothers, Arnold (9) and Rico (2), by working and begging to earn money to buy food for his family to eat. Reynold and his family live in an old wooden cart on the outskirts of a market, unsheltered from the wind and rain and vulnerable to violence and disease.
Lewis told us about the impact the trip had on him: ‘The young boys and girls who I have met today are really fantastic children, but they are living without the simple things that most people take for granted, like food, clean water and a safe place to sleep at night. It shouldn’t be like this.’
In the Philippines UNICEF and its partners like ChildHope are working to provide essential services for street children including mobile education services, regular health clinics, nutritious food and counseling support, as well as working to get them off the streets and into a safe community environment.
Photos Sharron Lovell via UNICEF UK
Source: UNICEF UK