Some news are inspiring. Two weeks ago, a national television reported about a group of young “rugby boys” in General Santos City helped by Non-Government Organization and group of individuals to become responsible member of the society. They trained the boys in baking and bakery operations. Now the boys operate their bakery. The former “rugby boys” who posed a threat, as problem now becomes enabler of growth.
Hopeless people sometimes need someone to show that there is hope.
Last week, Inquirer reported about a ranch in Masbate that gives hope to drug dependents. The ranch is called as Fazenda da Esparança (Bukid ng Pag-asa) which offers a special way to help drug dependents.
The report says:
He said the “boys” are given work in the farm, and taught perseverance, discipline, and unity. They maintain a rice field, a dairy farm, a vegetable garden, and a small bakery eight hours daily.
The boys in the ranch live in normal lives, they work, they have time for leisure, and they are given freedom. The ranch’s gate is open and anyone of the boys can choose to leave. But the boys stayed not because they are obliged to stay but because they choose to change.
Drug dependents undergoing rehabilitation … are patients, not inmates, wrote Elias L. Espinoza in his Sun Star Cebu column. As the term rehabilitation suggests, the drug dependents are sent to the center for treatment, not maltreatment, he reminded.
In Bukid ng Pag-asa, drug dependents are treated normally; no psychologist, no psychiatrist, only people who show each boys that there is new hope.
posted by Jerry G. Gervacio, Cebu City, July 27, 2007