Reasons Why Street Children Exist

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Why do street children exist? That is the question playing in my mind. Who is to be blame for this? What’s the effect of this to the society we’re living? Many factors and aspects could be the reason of their existence. “Street children is a word which can be used with different kinds of children. They can be children who work on the streets by doing errands or selling items. Street children may spend a lot of time in the streets, but sleep at home. They can also live permanently on the streets with or without their families because they have no home. A definition of Street children is children who work or live on the streets. Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) asserts that “States Parties recognize the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.” Homelessness denies each one of those rights. According to an Inter-NGO Program on street children and youth, a street child is “any girl or boy who has not reached adulthood, for whom the street (in the widest sense of the word, including unoccupied dwellings, wasteland, etc.) has become his or her habitual abode and/or source of livelihood, and who is inadequately protected, directed, and supervised by responsible adults.””1 Being street children doesn’t really mean that you don’t have a house. Most of them have their houses, but doesn’t have a home, home that can prevent them from their wrong turns. Most of them don’t have a home, that’s why they prefer staying on the street. “WHY ARE STREET CHILDREN TREATED SO POORLY IN THE PHILIPPINES? - Generally, street children have refused to remain in neglected, hidden away areas of the city. We found that the majority of street children had staked out the most beautified areas of the city – squares, major highways, outside shopping centre’s, markets, fountains, tourist attractions, and near restaurants. These are areas of the city that are rich in resources: people...
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