A used to be rugby boy from Zamboanga was lifted from the darkness and is now a college graduate.
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His name is Dennis Sumampong. His parents abandoned him and he subsequently fleeing his abusive adoptive family in Margosatubig in Zamboanga del Sur province, newsinfo.inquirer.net reported. As a result, he relied on his money from begging and used it to support his addiction.
Fortunately, social workers from Akay Kalinga Center, a Catholic Church-based Katilingban sa Kalambuan (Community for Development) Inc.
, helped Dennis move on from addiction.
Surprisingly enough, the street kid is now a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Hard Life and Poverty
As mentioned in the article, Dennis, just like any street kid, had suffered a lot. He told the news, he would just sleep when he feels sick. Although, people gave him food and money he was always after the love of a mother and father.
And, he found love at the Akay Kalinga house, where he spent his 16 years.
As quoted in the article, the 25-year old graduate said: “children are forced to live in the streets because of poverty and the lack of a loving family.”
He also gave meaningful advice to street children: “Work on your dreams, love yourself.”
I’ve always believed that with proper care, resources, and education, we can help the street children. There are a lot of potentials and opportunities for these children, only if they were given a chance to explore them.
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