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David

David (12 y.o.) was rescued from the Bacolod Plaza sometime on July 2012. He was seen loitering around the area, and begging for food. He grew up in a big family. The family’s only income is from planting flower seeds and selling them in the market. Since the income was not sufficient to sustain his family’s needs, one of David's siblings died of severe malnutrition. Because David's father is hooked on gambling the family cannot make ends meet. At times when David and his mother would come home only with little earnings, his father would get mad and physically abuse them. David has shown great improvement in his behavior and in the way he deals with people around him. His smiles are genuine and his eyes light up when he is happy. He still remembers his mother and younger siblings but he is determined to stay in Haven where he will have the opportunity for an education and fulfill his dream of becoming a seaman.