The Flood, by Jordan Bujawe

September 8, 2012 · 1 comment


This is Jordan’s coloring of a rainy day, not exactly the chaos he experienced during the August 2012 flood, when his home on the street and neighborhood were largely destroyed. The exercise was to give him a moment of calm and order.

In one of Jordan’s sessions at the Cart, teacher Nonie asked the children who were present to draw a picture of what they wanted to become when they grew up. Jordan drew two pictures: the first of a policeman, and the second, a robber. When asked who he wanted to become, he answered without hesitation, “holdupper” (armed robber.)



Alfredo Olavidez, the Headmaster of The School in a Cart, had a lengthy yet gentle talk with Jordan after class. It appears his role models are people who have gotten away with stealing and breaking the law. This example shows that unless the street children are cared for, educated, and properly guided to respect the law, their futures and the futures of innocent victims will be jeopardized. The School in a Cart must continue, and expand, in order to redirect the paths of the street children in Cubao. The difference will be felt all over the world.


Jordan with Headmaster Alfredo Olavidez.

Click here to learn more about Jordan and his home-life, and to read his poem, “The Flood.”

  • Sara Goff

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us, Jordan! We see that you are a smart boy and a hard worker, and we believe you’ll make wise decisions in life and get a job that makes you truly happy.


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