Felisan was nine years old when police officers caught him
stealing a kilo of coconut meat at a dockyard in Cebu City,
a metropolis in Central Philippines.
The helpless, frightened
child thought his life was about to end. “The police
sent us to this desolate place. We thought we were going to
be finished off, because there were no other people around
place” where Bill was taken to was actually a center,
Community Scouts, now assisted by UNICEF. It was an experiment
of the Cebu City government. Leaders, social workers, and
child rights advocates campaigned that to prevent children
from becoming criminals, the first thing to do is to keep
them away from a jail crammed with adult offenders.
Bill received counseling
and life skills training and in turn gave community service.
He went to school and became a police officer. All these,
he said, were because he was given a second-chance.
your help, there will be more Kuya Bill's in the future.
UNICEF can continue
to work with partners all over the Philippines to help Filipino
children feel the love and care they need. With your help,
UNICEF can continue to assist centers like the Community Scouts
of Cebu City.
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Help us save more lives of children.