On a recent trip to my home province in the Philippines, we went to a children’s shelter under the care of the Missionaries of Charity. Founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the sisters care for refugees, ex-prostitutes, the mentally ill, sick children, abandoned children, lepers, AIDS victims, the aged, and convalescent.
The Gift of Love Center just outside Naga City allowed us to meet and talk to some of the children under their care. We brought old toys and gifts along with boxed lunches for the children most of whom were under the age of 5. I sat down with some of them and asked them how they were doing. One of the children actually asked me if I could take her with me because she said I was a good person. Another girl, who was around 25 years old but was mentally challenged, asked me if I could adopt her baby who was born last August. She said that they were all really happy that we brought them toys and Jollibee boxed lunches. It’s very touching to see their faces light up as we handed them their “new” toys. At some points during the hour long visit, we had to pause a bit just to hold back our tears and emotions. It definitely leaves a lump in one’s throat.
It was an extremely heartwarming and humbling experience that I’m sure we’ll do again on our next visit to the Philippines.
I’ve created a short video that compiles some of the images I captured that morning. I hope you like it as much as I do. Their eyes really do capture the essence of their souls.