Giving Back The Smile to Street Children


Story of Car-car: A child full of talent

Posted on 08/13/18 in General News

Car-car, 7, a child from Virlanie’s Tanglaw Home (home for children 7 to 12 years old), recently won 1st prize at a talent competition organized by City Government of Makati Social Welfare Department. Car-car performed along with his eight other classmates from Pio Special Education Elementary School. The talent competition, titled “Paligsining ng mga Batang May K” (Talent competition for children with potential), is in line with the City Government’s celebration of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation. It gathered children with special needs from different public schools of Makati. 

See his performance below:

 

This video was shot by Car-car's ever-supportive mother, Mama Lak of Tanglaw Home. 

“I am happy because it’s my first time to be part of a performing group at school. I enjoy dancing a lot,” Car-car said.

He added that he dreams of performing at television shows in the future. He also showed an inclination to music. He has recently been part of the trainees for Virlanie Voices, Virlanie’s choir group. Car-car shows that children like him, once have access to opportunities, can be developed into a highly talented individual. However, opportunities are not equal for all Filipino children.

On the streets of Metro Manila, thousands of children live in extreme poverty. They have no access to clean water, food and shelter. Education has been a luxury for them. According to 2017 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS), about nine 3.5 million Filipinos aged 6 to 24 years old were out-of-school children and youth (OSCY). Until a few years ago, Car-car was one of them.

Car-car, our talented boy from Tanglaw


But Car-car, who was roaming around the streets of Marikina City, was fortunate enough to be rescued by a police officer. The police officer turned him over to Marikina City Social Welfare and Development Office (Marikina City SWDO), which then referred him to Virlanie.

Car-car has found a home and family at Tanglaw Home in 2016. Since then, he has been protected, loved, and empowered by his house parents, siblings, and a multi-disciplinary team who has monitored his development.

When Car-car was enrolled at school, it was found out that he has special needs. Because of this, he was later transferred to Pio Special Education Elementary School in Makati City. Here, he has developed different skills suitable for his mental and physical capacity. Thanks to the collective efforts of the staff at Virlanie and his school, Car-car has grown into an active, healthy and talented child.
 



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