Words by Lucky Chan
Photos by Dr. Louie Orosa
While not most of us are not good enough to be a La Salle brother, we can perhaps be a brother even for a day.
In preparation for their hosting the 2014 LSGH Alumni Homecoming, LSGH class of 89 or La Sallista 89 (as they fondly call themselves), headed by JunJun de Ocampo had the street children of Kuya Center in mind as Christmas drew closer and closer.
Despite being less than 40 days away from the celebration, some members of the group headed to Kuya Center just a few days before Christmas and gave the kids their Christmas gifts. It was a day that they will remember for a long time.
To thank La Sallista 89 for their kindness, the kids performed a beautiful song and dance number.
Kuya Center was launched in 1991 as a ‘drop-in’ center for the children on the streets of the commercial district of Cubao, Quezon City, and even Manila. The center is located in St. Michael’s Street in Cubao and regularly has between twelve and twenty-two children in it.
Children living or working the streets could come to the safe and loving arms of Kuya where they could wash, sleep, eat and rest. Re-socialization and Christian Values education are attempted.
The objectives of Kuya are basically to reconcile the children with their families/careers, provide every opportunity possible for street children to re-establish their self-esteem, to help them adjust their lives so that they can successfully undertake recovery, rehabilitation, and development programs that aim to lead them back to be responsible family members within society once again, provide the children with evidence of caring adult role models and to provide the Luzon Religious Brothers, the Lay Community both local and foreign, the opportunity to better understand the issues of the marginalized and to reflect and respond to the challenges this experience provides in their own Christian formation in a “Gospel-enriched” way.
Visit the Kuya Center for Street Children and experience how it is to be a brother. Sarap maging brother, sarap maging kuya.