In Tagalog, the primary language of the Philippines, there is a phrase that is thought to capture the easy going way of life among Filipinos here… bahala na. Loosely translated, it means “Let it go”.
Yet, it is also the name of a gang of hardcore street kids with a “Lord of the Flies” fraternity.
Risking the unknowns of life on the street over the known dangers of staying at home, kids of the urban poor, aged 9-19, live in packs run by a well established pecking order. Left to fend for themselves, these gangs spend their waking hours scrounging for food and kicks, the latter coming from a cheap high experienced by sniffing an adhesive solvent called Rugby.
ACTION International Ministries are reaching out to these kids with help from various church groups, Department of Social Welfare, police and mobile health teams to restore spiritual purpose and physical wellbeing to any who show both the need and willingness to change their lives for the better.