Starweek Magazine (The Philippine Star)
October 25, 2009
“MANILA, Philippines – The youth is the hope of the nation, a cliché but true. But had Jose Rizal the gift of foresight, he would have given us fair warning: ‘Parents, take better care of your children lest we destroy the future!’
Post-Rizal and post-World War II, Hermann Gmeiner, in Austria, saw for himself how a harsh world could kill hopes and sabotage lives, especially of children. The war left many children orphaned, abandoned, isolated and suffering. Orphaned by his mother as well, Gmeiner realized that help cannot be effective when a child has to grow up without a mother, and even more so, without a home. He can only develop to his full potential in a supportive and protective family environment.
This conviction would later give birth to a new and noble cause…”
*ERRATUM: There are really EIGHT (8) Children’s Villages (CV) in the Philippines today, but the first-ever CV in Lipa, Batangas was not mentioned in the enumeration. These CV’s are in Bataan, Calbayog, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Lipa, Manila (Alabang), and Tacloban. And, oh, forgive my layout. WordPress could be such a pain.
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