An insightful piece written from my experience working with street children. Do share your own lessons learned from experience by commenting. Thanks!
In my few years of working with street children, I’ve observed a certain phenomenon that I’ll also observed in the many years I sought for a lasting relationship with a man. It will happen when they are ready, and not by your pushing.
It’s a weird comparison, but thinking about the boys who we have helped, and those who have stuck it out at home, the common characteristic is ‘maturity’. I always assumed that the younger ones would jump at the opportunities available to them, or would be easier to rehabilitate and mould. However, I’ve found that they are more restless, and eager to experiment with their own independence, even if it means more months or years on the streets. It’s almost as though they feel they are being deprived of a monumental experience.
Yes, they will receive your offer of help, and be sheltered and cared for by you…
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