there are children smiling, there is hope.
is a Socially Oriented Organization from Ateneo de Manila University aimed to
help street children in several areas in and around Metro Manila.
1985, Musmos was formed by a group of
Ateneans. Then known as TASKFORCE: LABOR,
the group's goal was to help laborers in their fight against injustices. A year
later, they were led to the Manila Youth Reception Center
(MYRC) to help
imprisoned street children due to vagrancy and various offenses. After some
time, they realized their presence was not needed anymore. Then they found
themselves in Cubao -- spending time with the children.
organization was named
MUSMOS, taken from the people they serve -- children. By
1988, a new area was established at
Marikina. And this year,
another area was founded -- along the roadside of
Musmos is a group of Ateneo Students committed to the Ignatian "person-for-and-with-others" ideal. We aim to develop our Christian and Filipino
values and realize these through social action towards the street
children. In the process, we hope to become individuals oriented in the
direction of society's
aim to assist in the holistic formation of the street children. However, we
believe the first step towards the realization of this mission is for us to have
our own holistic formation.
formation program of the members includes the following components: spiritual,
socio-economic-political awareness, and interpersonal relationships.
By being ate's and kuya's, we are able to share with the street
children the values that
we have acquired through our formation program.
have the following
A. Formation Program
hold an annual retreat or recollection, regular kubol sessions (reflection and
group therapy sessions), and semestral masses.
have exposure trips, volunteer training programs, leadership training
seminars, and national
maintain an organized database which includes a compilation of educational
materials, media materials about street children, and other relevant files.
to plan and participate in team
building seminars, group dynamics, and other bonding activities.
implement values sessions, group dynamics, educational talks, art sessions, play
therapy, masses, tutorials, medical assistance parties, fund-raising activities,
and other events for the street children in the different areas.