‘Freak’ street kid gets new hope, bright future

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014


HIS name is Titing. He used to walk the jungles of the city streets, with his exposed intestines covered only by a plastic bag. He hid them under oversized shorts so the other kids roaming the streets would not mock him as a “freak” or laugh at his abnormality. He would sing Christmas carols in the jeepneys, sometimes stealing caps or sunglasses from people. In the overcrowded streets in downtown Cebu City, this little boy became known to many as the “boy whose intestines are on display.” The stench from his exposed insides was his trademark smell.

But one day, a young lady who worked in a Christian church was in a conversation with a manicurista who happened to mention Titing’s condition.

“You are from that church across the street, right? Can’t you help him?” was the challenge of the manicurista to the young lady.

That question forged Titing’s future. After sharing Titing’s condition to a pastor in that church, the latter asked her to look for Titing. And she did. She asked the other children who were street roamers to help her look for the boy, and they brought Titing to her along with other 10 or more rough-looking kids who were Titing’s friends.

When the director of the Cure Foundation (a Christian foundation under Maranatha Christian Fellowship) saw Titing, she took a picture of him and posted it on Facebook asking her well-off friends to help the boy get the needed operation so he can live a normal life.

Some of her rich friends contacted the director and the rest is history. They took Titing under their wings. They contacted a doctor to perform the operation. When the doctor saw Titing, he offered his services for free. From the operation to Titing’s hospital room and medicines and other fees, the good Samaritans paid for everything.

But it didn’t end there. One of the “good Samaritans” went further. This loving and compassionate businesswoman talked to her father and they pulled their resources together and rented a room for Titing to stay where he can recover from the operation.

Titing has five brothers and sisters and they lived in a dirty shanty, which is not an ideal place for him to recover. Titing recovered fast and last Christmas of 2012 was his first Christmas as a normal, healthy boy.

At present, Titing and three of his street friends are studying in Maranatha Christian Academy, a Bible-based private school for children.

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Today when you look at Titing, you would not believe he was this “freak” looking young boy, dirty, with no future, roaming the street jungles of Cebu.

Last April, Titing graduated with many honors. He excelled in his classes.

He is a good natured young boy with such a winning smile. He is now a future contributor to society whose dream is that one day “he will become a policeman who will help a lot of people.”

Seeing this boy living a normal life now brings this thought to mind: “Suffer not the little children to come to me.” These are the words of Jesus Christ himself.

To all those who took part in giving Titing his hope and future, kudos! You have become the hands and the feet of Jesus! Titing now knows how to pray and worship the Lord.

There are countless other children like Titing who need compassionate sponsors who along with us, dream that one day there will be no more roaming children in the streets of Cebu because they have found homes where they once had none.

To help, one may call Cure Foundation at (032) 253-5939 and look for Ruth Cabahug. (Pastor Salome Oro)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 07, 2014.

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