Sick father, special child survive by begging on streets

Posted at 07/29/14 9:02 PM

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MANILA - At age 74, all Edmundo Cura thinks about is how he can provide for the special needs of his 17-year-old daughter, Evelyn.

Life has been hard, he said, especially after his wife died, leaving him alone to take care of their two children, with the younger one mentally challenged.

Life has become even harder after his older child left him and Evelyn just after he suffered a stroke in December last year.

"Yung isa po, simula po nung ma-stroke ako, nawala na po. Hindi na po bumalik... Wala po akong balita," he said in an interview with Doris Bigornia on ABS-CBN's "Mutya ng Masa."

All Evelyn has now is Cura, and all he has now is his 17-year-old daughter.

Cura said they survive by begging on the streets everyday.

He said he cannot help but worry for Evelyn, noting that he is only growing older and weaker everyday.

"Kaya po iniisip ko kung halimbawa, kung kunin na po ako, sabay na po kami. Pareho na lang po kami mamatay," he said in tears.

Fortunately, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has come to help Cura and his daughter.

They are now facing new lives at the Golden Reception and Action Center for the Elderly and other Special Cases (GRACES) in Quezon City.