Tuloy in Pilipino, our national language, means “welcome” and “to continue”. “Tuloy po!” can also mean “This is Tuloy!”
We started Tuloy in 1993 to rescue street children, and give them a home, direction, and the skills they will need in the real world. We had 12 children then in a 40-sqm room. Over 17 years, Tuloy has served more than 10,000 children in need. The small room is now a village on 4.5 hectares of land in southern Metro Manila. The abandoned and arid fields have metamorphosed into homes, gardens, a school, a soccer field, a chapel, and recently, a culinary arts center for the children. The village is a nurturing environment where they continue to learn and grow, and eventually transform themselves.
The task is neither simple nor easy. If we are to serve these children, we must try to answer all their needs in a way befitting their human dignity. Aside from providing for their basic needs and education, our work involves teaching them to unlearn the bad habits and behavior they developed in the streets, healing past hurts, and instilling in them discipline. We need to help them see their goodness by first showing them kindness and compassion.
We are proud of our children. Their efforts to transform themselves inspire us to do our task better everyday. They are all work in progress as they struggle to move forward and resist the temptation to slide back. We have learned from them and have been transformed ourselves.
Ours is a relevant program and a comprehensive approach designed to help keep kids off the streets for good. We are here to do the work but we need your help. Instead of making separate efforts to solve the problem of street children, let us be partners because by working together we can get better results.
Our children have an amazing potential to grow and achieve. But first, we have to give them a chance to, and we invite you to help us do just that. Your support will enable their transformation.
Please read on to learn more about Tuloy and how you can help!
Fr. Marciano “Rocky” G. Evangelista, SDB
President & Project Director
Tuloy Foundation, Inc.