When I first came to Cebu I don’t remember seeing any homeless people in Minglanilla they were mainly in Tabunok and Talisay. As you get nearer Cebu city the numbers generally increase. But in the last year I have seen the numbers of homeless increase considerably in Minglanilla. The photo are some street kids in Minglanilla market area. At night I sometimes go to grab a take away meal from Angels which sells hotdogs and burgers as soon as you appear kids appear begging. Its a bad thing for business and a scene that doesn’t seem to be getting dealt with. Most of the kids are runaways and no doubt finding the root of their problems may actually reunite them back into their families were there is less risk of drug and sexual abuse.
I used to give away an extra McDonalds meal or kids clothing but the kids have become more aggressive over the last few times which now I will give nothing. Its also to remember as a foreigner that we are “guests” in the Philippines and many of the countries problems are not ours to fix. I advise never giving money as it is often used to buy Rugby glue for sniffing if like these kids grab them some bread at the bakery next door. But don’t feel you “have to” as this will no doubt end up with the kids pestering you every time you come to the market expecting a free meal and a good chance it would go from 2 to about 5-10 kids pestering you. This is why I say not all problems are ours to fix as we didn’t create these problems and if we choose to help it shouldn’t become an obligation or grounds to be harassed every time we go out of our front door just because we are foreigners.
Some of the readers may think I am a bit harsh on not helping but in reality your no doubt a tourist or not had to deal with the day to day experiences of people hounding you just because you help now and again. I think there is more than enough funds within charities to sort these problems out if they didn’t squander money and weren’t riddled with “administration” and corruption. Anyone here long enough avoids the charities as a foreigner because they know how badly run they are.