Brief historical development of Ang Bahay Parola center for street children.
Ang Bahay Parola was conceived through the vision of an American MTW Missionary based in the Philippines. In 1998 this missionary became involved in the Street children and Urban Poor Ministry of 'Alay Pag-Asa' (Offer Hope), a Filipino Christian Foundation based in Mandaluyong City. This exposure at Alay Pag-Asa gave her an even greater burden for the plight of the street children, and in October 1999 she organized a meeting with experienced street children workers, MTW pastors and missionaries to discuss the possibility of starting another street children center. Through these monthly meetings and with much prayer, encouragement and support from the advisory committee the whole concept (vision) for the Center evolved and a project proposal was developed.
In March 2000 this proposal was accepted by the American MTW Mission Board and fund-raising for the project was begun. Ang Bahay Parola Street Children Center is projected to be fully operational by December 2001.
Ang Bahay Parola 3 (Grace Home Center) which is located in Molino, Bacoor, Cavite was established in October 2003. Street education strategy and outreach activities were applied to gather children qualified for the program. Referral and networking system from the government's Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Non–Government Organizations (NGO's) and Church partners were heightened.