N Ethnographic Study About the Homeless Youth in the Philippines
Target Group: Street Children
A requirement in
Society and Culture
Belarmino, Mary Grace S.
I chose to study the life and behaviors of the street children on the busy road of Balibago Complex at Sta. Rosa Laguna, to gain a better understanding of their conditions. The main purpose of this study is to discover how they manage to live in a very dangerous condition, as well as the perception of trust, hostility, and aggression among peers and the authority. It also aims to find out their lives regarding their families, if they have one and why they decided to run away from them. Why do they …show more content…
UNESCO (2008) 1 : “Being a street child means going hungry, sleeping in insalubrious places, facing up to violence and sometimes becoming an expiatory victim; it means growing up without companionship, love and protection; it means not having access to education or medical services; it means losing all dignity and becoming an adult before even having been a child”
UNICEF (2007) 2 : The present condition of the urban child, particularly the street child, is a cumulative consequence of: rural landlessness and unemployment, rural out-migration, municipal incapability, absence of good governance; mismanagement of municipal and national resources, environmental degradation, eroding spirituality, values and support structures, increasing urban violence and criminality. More children were born in urban areas during the period 1960-1980 than in any preceding decade. Increasing proportions of children are born and growing up in urban, low-income environments, joining the poverty cycle due to their limited options for future, and thus threatening their own development as well as that of their communities and country as a whole. Urbanization is, therefore, a child rights issue.
The Child Hope Asia in Philippines (2006) 3: estimates that 1 to 3 per cent of the children and youth population living in the major cities of Philippines are street children. Metro…