You are saying,
"Find a decent street kid program."
I do not know one Filipino person I trust.
I only know one Expat.
Maybe talk to JD in Buguio, he is an American who is good, he is the only person I know in this country that is ok.
I think this is generally a waste of time, better to try to directly and help one person, but I do feel, if you give them money, they will never stop begging.
"want to believe there is something/someone decent doing a little."
Andy doe NOT want to study this, I go and try to visit any office I find by accident, Niger, West Africa is full of office signs, the signs are everywhere, the office is never open.
It is like looking for a Peace Corp Volunteer in the Village they was assigned too, they for some reason are on a trip to another place, this is normal.
I think the Catholic Church is good.
I think Red Cross is ok.
Maybe the Islamic Red Cross thing.
Missionaries are NO.
Everyone has a poster child without the real child, this is a big business, I have been traveling years longer than you have been reading.
Batangas, Sabang, Mindoro or Puerto Galera Philippines popular places with the Expats or foreighners here. So far the only city I have ever went to in the Phlippines without a big girl-for-rent business is Baguio. I am positive the girls-for-rent are in Puerto Galeras.
I found a Hotel called Julings that MAYBE has WIFI, but still not positive, I think rooms rent for 600 Peso, and sounds great. I called, rooms are not available to October 7, and I am not too excited to wait or find another city in the Philippines where the number one attraction is women dancing. I am going to try my Globe Tattoo internet access today, if it works, I can go anywhere the expats do not like, this would be great.
They have four rooms. Two below and two above. Cooking facilities. Nice verandas to read and surf the net. No need for aircon. Fan is always enough with the fresh air from the sea. The downside is that the place is a bit touristy so I suggest an upstairs room to get away from (people) beach and selling
09196 402040. It's called Julings place
and pronounced with a H as you would expect.
You have 20 days left in the Philippines so why choose a "tourist zone" like Ermita to stay and hang out. OF COURSE there will be a higher per capita number of beggars and "POOR ME" types, scammers and hustlers there and WHY? Because foreigners PAY THEM so why wouldnt their numbers grow. Begging is a profession and maybe HALF the beggars in Manila are BADJAOS from a small island in the Sulus south of Zamboanga who since the mid 1800s have maintained a "slave culture" . A few of the "masters" will load up large bancas with as many "slaves" as possible and send them out on the streets of Manila with babies and young children like you have posted to extract more sympathy. I read an Australian Anthropologist's book about the history of these people mabe about 12 years ago which explained that in the 1830s there was only about 400 residents of this island and 25 years later due to their kidnap and enslave methods their population grew to 25,000. The upside was some slaves could join the capture missions and when they caught enough other new slaves they could earn their freedom and eventually become a slave owner.
After all those years of traveling the world in 85 countries and rapping about Africa where this type of tribal culture also exists I'm a bot surprised that you haven't mentioned such facts of life. I have found many similiar cultural traits between Filipinos and Africans as both have tribal roots and origins.
Which leads me to another topic that I need not elaborate as this post will likely be directed into the deleted section. Two Thirds of the world's population is ENSLAVED by the one third. Why are the wealthy G20 countries where they are at economically? Could it be their use of CHEAP LABOR??? It always blows me away when the SAME citizen consumers who LOVE shopping and acquiring stuff made by people making U$2/ day salaries "FEEL" sorry for the poverty conditions overseas so choose to donate to NGOs and charities. I taught my daughter that there are many reasons why American is a great and powerful country but don't forget "stealing" the largest piece of real estate on earth helped make America what it is easliy as much as any o their endeavors, work, inventions and "democratic" government. There's GREAT aspects of American culture just as their are GREAT aspects of Filipino culture and BOTH have their downsides.