When summer arrives in North America the school year is just beginning in the Philippines! Book bags, shoes, notebooks and the hope that Safe Refuge can help make school possible for these little ones. Most of the children Safe Refuge reaches out to spend their days looking for shelter, food and medicine for themselves and younger siblings. Can you imagine...many are trapped in crime syndicates where they are forced to do unthinkable things for food and money. Whether she is 7 or 17, the thought of going to school lights up her entire world and gives her hope. You see, going to school means she has a birth certificate, she has someone who cares enough to make sure she gets back and forth from school...and YES...uniforms, books and shoes. Simple things but a life line as she needs to own 2 pairs of shoes (tennis shoes and dress shoes) to attend school and for most children this is an impossibility.