Tagle to baptize 400 indigent kids

Tagle to baptize 400 indigent kids

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle spends some time with former street kids who are under the care of the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation. (Photo: Nirva Delacruz)

MANILA, Jan. 6, 2017 – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, together with Fr. Matthieu Dauchez, Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation executive director and 10 other priests-beneficiaries of the Tulay Ng Kabataan (TNK) Foundation, will baptize on Jan. 14 some 400 kids from the slums of Metro Manila.

“Then it is so difficult to bring our wounded children close to God, it is, on the opposite, very easy to bring the Lord to them through the Sacraments,” said Dauchez.

According to TNK communications manager Elise Cruse, the foundation is helping poor families gain access not just to physical sustenance but to spiritual nourishment as well through the Sacraments.

“Families living in the slums and on the streets of Metro Manila are not only exposed to danger and threats, they also go without the Sacraments for long periods of time.

We observed that poor families think that they cannot get access to Sacraments because of their poverty. They often think that there is a fee, although Sacraments are for free,” she explained.

They don’t even know how and what to do, she said. TNK foundation and RCAM aim to change that by offering baptism to the most number of children possible.

Helping street kids leave a life on the streets since 1998, TNK developed 4 programs to help give them back their dignity:

  • Street children
  • Street children with special needs
  • Scavenger children
  • Children in slums

All in all, 1,300 children are welcomed in 24 centers each year and tens of thousands of children have left the street in the past 18 years.

For more information, interested parties may contact +63 9 999 577 688, email partnerships@tnkfoundation.org or visit their website www.tnkfoundation.org (CBCPNews)