Currently, more than two million children
live on the streets in Manila, some as
young as eight months old. ‘Some do not
have parents, others have run away from
violent homes, and others are sent to
live on the streets by their parents, who
cannot look after them,’ she said.
‘The children take drugs, not because
they are involved in crime, but to numb
their stomachs from the pain of hunger.
In Manila, a litre of solvent is cheaper
than a bowl of rice.’
Run by a Filipino lay-missionary couple,
Joe-Dean and Ardis, the ‘He Cares
Foundation’ provides shelter for 100
children. Every Saturday, they welcome
over 400 street children to feed them. For
many, it is the only square meal they will
receive in a week.
While this is a drop in the ocean
compared to the millions of street
children, Joe-Dean is optimistic: ‘My
hope for the future is that there will be no
street children,’ he said.
That same confidence was the
inspiration for OnePlate. Like Joe-
Dean’s Foundation, many small acts can
together make a world of difference: One
person, one meal, one dollar, one plate,
OnePlate has tapped into the thriving
Australian food culture, with all it
implies – family, community, friends
and abundance – to foster a culture of