Senden Home slideshows

Created on Saturday, 01 December 2012

Here is the slideshow presented by Jean-Jacques Choulot at the last general meeting of 2012:


(click on the photos to go forward)

Chargement du diaporama en cours...



And that presented by Christine Anne, Catherine and Agathe at the AGM 2013 on their 4 week stay in SENDEN HOME


Sister Mathilde died

Created on Friday, 03 August 2012


Friday 3rd august

Tony just send us the following message :SH-soeur-mathilde

"Dear Senden Home friends. I have some sad news. This morning, local time (1pm in Manila) Sr. Mathilde died peacefully after a short illness that started last Saturday. Her funeral will be next Thursday. Let pray for her and be thankfull for what she did for us".



Created on Friday, 20 July 2012


HOME FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN living in the streets

     in the suburbs of Manila in the Philippines.



Senden Home’s Aid programme is aimed at helping street children. Amongst these children we can differentiate three distinct groups:

1)Isolated children

Sometimes these children have come of their own accord to Senden Home, or they have been brought to the home by social workers or other individuals. These children have left their families for various reasons: they have been abandoned, ill-treated or abused, with parents in prison or absent. They have sought a sense of belonging in the streets. Many of them have ended up becoming members of a gang. They earn a living through begging and are prey to many dangers such as prostitution, drugs and all sorts of criminal offenses.

2) Children arrested by the police 

This group is made up of children who are beggars, garbage scavengers and    vagabonds and who have been arrested by the police. Children who work can also be arrested by the police when they hawk or peddle their merchandise or propose their services in places where it’s forbidden. Sometimes hunger incites these children to commit small thefts.

3) Children at work

These children live with their parents but they spend most of their time in the streets, peddling their merchandise, pushing carts, shining shoes, scavenging in garbage……These children do not go to school. Often they are the only members of the family to bring in money to the household. They leave their miserable shacks in the morning to come home in the evening with the few pesos earned in the street


       Father Francis SENDEN, a Dutch priest, founded l’ASI in Manila in 1962. (Asian Social Institute – a university institute which teaches sociology, social sciences and economy.) Father Senden befriended a group of street kids whom he came across every day and he had a plan to do something for them…. But he died suddenly on the 22nd August 1973.

         His death gave his numerous friends the impetus to achieve his dream. His successor, Dr. Mina RAMIREZ, (the present Director of l’ASI), kept in contact with the street children by giving them a plate of rice every lunchtime…..

Despite a limited amount of financial resources, the enthusiasm and determination of these few friends were not dampened. A few months later Senden Home was born.

On the 2nd of February 1974, Senden Home opened its doors to 15 street children who became the co-founders of today’s Senden Home. Soon after, a young Belgian nun, Sister Mathilde Van Kerckhoven, took the small group under her wing, managing as well as she could to find funds to ensure the running of the home.

      In 2002, Senden Home became an independent foundation. It is a non-profit-making NGO, recognized by the SEC (Security and Exchange Commission) in the Philippines, as working for the well-being and the development of children.

At present, a Pilipino layman, Tony OBTINARIO, has taken over the role of Director as 75 year old Sister Mathilde is ill and had to return to Belgium to her religious congregation.

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SENDEN HOME, street children's centre in Manila - PHILIPPINES

Created on Tuesday, 03 January 2012

When Father Francis Senden was the director of the ASI (Asian Social Institute: a university institute which teaches sociology, social sciences and economy), the different socio-economic problems of the country came to his attention. One of the numerous things he became concerned with was the poverty stricken life of the countless street children who ran through the town in search of food, shelter, attention and love. He befriended a group of street children who guarded cars in front of the Enrico Hotel.

Father Senden realized that a lot of time and patience would be necessary to help these children overcome their feeling of insecurity (due to poverty and uprooting) and the apparent resilience that they showed (due to a strong survival instinct needed in the jungle of the streets). But he also knew that before reaching their hearts, he had to nourish their starving stomachs, give them clothes and find them a roof that they could call “home”.

afficheWhen Father Senden died on the 22nd August 1973, a note was found on his desk: “Wake me at 7 o’clock”. Next to the note was a 20 peso bill (5 francs) to pay for breakfast for his young homeless friends.

His death encouraged his many friends to fulfill his dream. Limited financial resources dashed neither their enthusiasm nor their determination: 4 months later Senden Home> was came into being, the fruit of the seed lovingly planted by father Senden. 

The 2nd February 1974, Senden home opened its doors to the first fifteen street kids who became the co-founders of the present Senden Home.

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