This project aspires to enable children and young people who are in difficult circumstances living within the eight (8) developing countries become integrated into the society.
TTL aims to mentor the street and underprivileged children, who are aged between six (6) and 16 years, in various aspects such as discovery of self-worth and self-esteem, character development, self-exploration and team spirit; enabling them to develop a plan and start a meaningful life through Scouting -- preparing them as responsible adults.
1. To operate Scout Troops where Street Children are existing, with an increased number of child membership; and
2. To continuously advance under the Progressive Scheme of the National Scout Organization.
In celebration of the Centenary of Scouting, the Asia-Pacific Region was looking for a flagship project that can be carried out in various countries as a regional project.
The programme began in Nairobi but quickly spread to 20 other cities and towns in Kenya.
The project was undertaken into three phases.
Phase I includes an initial three-day workshop to train Scout leaders, which has organized from 4-6 December 2006 in Manila.
Phase II of the project, deals with intervention and involvement of national Scout organizations by establishing open Scout groups for street children. This Phase culminated with a workshop held from 8-11 July 2007 in New Delhi, which evaluated concepts and methods taken during the six-month period.
Lastly, Phase III is the long-term project, which initially lasted for three years.
In 2006, the Ticket to Life started an initial project in Manila, Philippines on 4-6 December. It was a three-day workshop which aimed in orienting and training Scout Leaders, who are involved in the Ticket to Life Project.
2007, India: The workshop intended to share experiences and dealt on clarifying gray areas about the project.
2008, Nepal: A workshop was organized to determine the general impact of the project to the community.
2010, Bangladesh: The annual workshop for 2009 was held in January 2010. Aside from the evaluating and planning, the workshop aspired to identify measurable impact of selected Scouts (sample survey), under the APR Ticket to Life Project.
2011, Philippines: The TTL Project coordinators presented and shared the challenge of making the project self-sustaining.
2013, Pakistan: Every year an Evaluation and Planning Workshop for the APT Ticket to Life Workshop is held. This year, it was held in Karachi, Pakistan from 6-9 December 2013.
2017, Thailand: This workshop was conducted to develop a long-term strategic plan for three years for the APR Ticket to Life Project as well as a short-term plan for the following year. At the workshop, projects were shared and identified based on the success and challenges in each country, which allowed discussions on how to implement activities, document, and report.
Impact on Individuals
One Scout who treasures his experience is Jerwin, 17, who, from being a solvent (inhalation drug) user, is today a young man with lots of dreams and hopes and someone who always wants to do his good turn. Jerwin joined the Ticket to Life Scout troop in Manila in 2008. He said that in his early Scouting years, he occasionally attended troop meetings, which were held on Saturdays. There was a point when, instead of attending meetings, he did things like stealing, ended up in jail, and was punished. Like many inmates of a jail do, he got a tattoo, thinking it was cool.
But inside his heart he was lonely and worried, each time he went to jail. He said, "I thought that if my own parents do not accept me, how much more can other people? But I was wrong. Every time I came out of jail and went back to the troop meetings, my Scout leaders do not have second thoughts in accepting me back."
Jerwin went back to school briefly, but now he had to earn his living as a Pedicab driver. During the super typhoon "Ondoy" that brought devastating floods in Metro Manila, he earned as much as 800 Pesos (US$18) by ferrying stranded people using his Pedicab. While doing this, the thought of doing a "good turn" made more sense to him than the money he earned. "So sometimes I ferried people for free. I am a Scout first, Jerwin second."
In Bangladesh, Shujan Miya, 19 years old is a street child and now working as a Service Crew in one of the KFC Branches in Dhaka.