The Philippines is a third world country and so it has a lot of poverty. You will find kids living on the streets in many places from Manila to Angeles. in popular tourist spots they will be begging and asking for money. When this happened to me I did feel harassed but I also consider what these kids go threw and the life they have living on the street. I remember thinking many times in my life “how can I invest and make progress in my life with the end goal of retiring” but these kids don’t have the opportunity to make money and save let alone invest for the future.
in most parts of the country you may find Filipino people living on the street but I have also seen an American begging on the streets. he looked like the guy from sopranos on T.V you know the head of the family the actor who died recently. I felt really bad for him and I really wanted to help him as I thought what if that was me. What terrible circumstance must he have been the victim of to end up like this and he wasn’t the only one I saw in trouble in the Philippines. I remember seeing a German guy in the immigration office when I was getting my visa extended. He didn’t have the money to buy a ticket and get home. I talked to some of the girls in Angeles and Manila and they told me some foreigners are like one day millionaires. They spend all there money in one day going to the bars and drinking, living the high life but they don’t think about tomorrow and how they will pay for food and accommodation.
The street kids in the Philippines don’t have a choice as they where born and raised on the streets and don’t know anything else but the foreigners they have a way out. All they have to do is contact there embassy for help and I’m sure they can borrow the money to buy a ticket and get home. Life in the Philippines can get really hard really quick if your not careful. if you don’t set a budget for your spending and if your the victim of crime you need contingency plans to deal with these situations. I recommend having a credit card, a bank card and a person you can depend on to send you money from your home country. I use the Zero current Account from Santander and the Clarity card from the Halifax as I believe these charge no exchange rate fee’s and the only fee you pay is for using the cash machine.
I would rather buy the street kids food than give them money because many have abusive parents where there father will like to drink instead of feed the family. So if you give them food they can eat but I don’t pretend that by giving money to the street kids we can solve there problems. Just like the USA homeless people are a result of the system set up by governments. Its the failure of government that results in people living on the street.
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