In 1988, Kanlungan was established in response to the growing menace of abuse and exploitation of street children in Metro Manila. While “Kanlungan” means sanctuary or refuge, Er-Ma stands for Ermita-Malate, the former red light district of the capital.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14

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