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Born to change the world

Christmas is a festival of children. We see images of a child born in a stable surrounded by animals, Mary and Joseph by the crib. Although recalling the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is the purpose of Christmas, outside the church buildings, it is replaced by secular, non-Christian commercial money-making enterprises. The traders have kept Christ out of Christ-mas as they proclaim “Seasons Greetings” and “Happy Holidays.” Have the pagans won?
 








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Ending violence against women and girls

She was only a seven-years-old, call her Angelica. She never knew or imagined the sexual violence that was to be done to her by her stepfather, Apolonio Valdez. He took her from the small, two-roomed house to the nearby forest and assaulted and sexually abused her.
 








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The care that children need

The vast majority of Filipinos love their children; they care for them, pamper and spoil them at times. They do everything to protect them and educate them, meet their needs and launch them on a career. There it seems to end for many. Love and care for children in general is not projected outside the extended family of the well off. It is clear the poor survive by helping each other stay alive. The dedicated few true Christians and Muslims work to help the abused and abandoned children but they are the few in a population of 107 million.








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All life is sacred

Unless we take a stand for life, death will overwhelm us. That is the challenge that greets every one of us who has seen someone that we cared for and loved pass from this life. It is the memory of that person that draws us back to the place where we felt their genuine love. 
 








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The man who said ‘You shall not kill’

He was born the son of poor farm workers in El Salvador. He grew up hungry and deprived, and he was like the millions of poor who don’t know the root causes of their rural poverty. The poor struggle to overcome those sufferings and hardships as they bury the pain within them and strive to forget and survive, and find a better world for themselves and their children.
 








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The courageous testimony of brave young people

Makati, Metro Manila. The testimony of the five young boys in a Makati conference room on the 37th floor of a business tower was shocking and harrowing. Anyone reading the affidavits of the victims of Douglas Slade or listening to the sexual exploitation done by this grossly overweight, self-indulgent convicted British pedophile would cause anyone to cringe with disgust and revulsion. 
 








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Human trafficking is slavery in our time

It’s impossible to imagine the sheer joy and exuberance of victims of human bondage who have been freed. When Jessica, Ruby, Angelica, Celine and Theresa were liberated from their human traffickers, they could not believe it. That realisation took some time in coming to their well-conditioned and convinced minds that they were in debt and had to work for a long time to pay it off and there was no escape.
 








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The emotional wall that blocks the truth

Why is it that the truth about one of the most hateful and damaging crimes against vulnerable children and women is hidden by both the victim and the sexual molester and abuser and by society, too? 
 








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Bringing hope to the hopeless

There is a new film now showing in Ireland titled, Black ’47. It is a story set in the year 1847 when Ireland was under British occupation and a devastating famine hit the poor of Ireland when their staple food, the potato, was attacked by a fungus and rotted in the ground. Approximately one million Irish people died of starvation and another million migrated to America and helped to build that country.
 








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When children are set free

Recently, we at the Preda Foundation opened a new home for troubled boys in Liloan a few kilometres outside Metro Cebu. This was possible with the help of our supporters. The children in the Preda homes can be between 10 to 15-years-old.