Statistics data from https://www.afd.fr/en/breath-hope-street-children-philippines.
The Children's Fund aims to give a safe and decent environment for these street children and children-at-risk to develop, by improving their living conditions, providing them with proper food and quality education, and giving them hope for a better future.
Highly at risk to child prostitution, sexual exploitation, physical abuse, forced labour, and early pregnancy, their numbers are on a rapid rise because of increased poverty and other factors. Many of them also exhibit extreme symptoms of depression and anxiety.
These street children have no access to schools and education, they start working at an early age to earn a livelihood through scavenging and peddling scraps, or resort to begging. There is never enough food, no matter how hard they work or beg, with many of them always hungry. To take their minds off the gnawing hunger, some children take to sniffing glue.
Many were lured into prostitution.