On a mission to visit several of Stairway's clients years after they have left the program, one volunteer, accompanied by Stairway's social worker, gets to see firsthand how some old clients are faring years after leaving Stairway. Read his story below.
We leave with the boat early in the morning and Ate Donna, one of Stairway’s social workers, leads us effectively too and through Manilas crowded streets. We are on our way to meet Rhodel who is a former street child and just completed Stairways residential program in 2014. Anita, who is doing her internship at Stairway, is also joining us. We are both full of impressions from the busy Manila before we even reach our first meeting, travelling by train, jeepny and tricycle. The streets are suddenly narrow and winding. The houses are a low and irregular patchwork of available building materials. We stop at an abraded gate and are immediately greeted by Rhodel’s little brother. He has a big smile and prying eyes.