Our boys have not been allowed off our premises for over two years but finally, they were allowed out! What an exciting day that ws for them!... read more
Mr R started his life as an innocent child playing with his friends in his Manyan village in the mountains of Mindoro Island in the Philippines. Then one day his life collapsed. His mother died suddenly and he was virtually left along at the age of two. Deeply traumatised by the lost of his mother, Mr R refused to eat. While the Tribe were extremely distrustful of any outsiders, they decided to contact the Ruel Foundation and ask for help. This expression of trust was unheard of for this tribe and reflected the work of the Foundation in the village over the last year or so.
Mr R was brought down to the Crisis Centre and covered in love and attention but still he would not eat. He was simply starving to death. One day, while sitting on Pauline’s lap at the dinner table, she noticed his eyes following a piece of chicken she had in her hand. Quickly seizing the opportunity, she offered him a small piece and he took it and placed it in his mouth. He had “turned the corner” and he began to grow in strength and confidence. The father eventually decided that his best interest was to allow Mr R to be adopted Pauline and her husband. Now he is living in New Zealand working as a carpenter. He plans to return to the mountains to help his Mangyan tribe by using his building skills..
The question is often asked, how can you save all the children who need help? The answer is of course, one child at a time!