Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children

by Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc
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Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Donate a "FUTURE" to 300 street children
Isko as Childhope Street Educator
Isko as Childhope Street Educator

From street child to street educator

Isko, who once was a child with no clear direction in life, is now one of Childhope’s street educators, and we couldn’t be prouder of him.

When asked why he decided to become a street educator, he enthusiastically shared with us how he wanted to make a positive impact in the lives of thousands of street children, just like his former ates and kuyas from Childhope. Just as his street educators helped him realize that there was someone out there protecting and guiding him in every step of the way, he wants the same for those kids who have little to no support, and are already on the verge of giving up.

Isko knew that his time to pay it forward has arrived.

He said that his mission right now is to create more “Iskos.” As a former street child, he wants every street child to know that life truly does get better if you keep your head up and work hard enough. Nothing would make him happier than knowing he was able to help these kids carve out a better future for themselves.  

We are truly blessed to have Isko as a part of our Childhope family. We know that he would make a wonderful street educator, and make a huge difference in every street child’s life. It’s kids like him that continuously inspire us to work harder towards achieving our mission to empower all street children to claim their rights and become responsible and respected members of society.

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Alternative Education Session
Alternative Education Session

Outreach Activities

For the year 2015, Childhope, with the support of different organizations, corporations, groups, and individuals, conducted over a hundred outreach events for street children residing in the areas of Monumento, Baclaran, Buendia, Blumentritt, Divisoria, Luneta, and NAIA.

All sorts of fun, creative, and educational activities were held, from tours in zoos and museums, to fun games and sports trainings, to health education, to art and reading sessions, to gift-giving and feeding programs. Truly, these diverse activities helped the kids further realize and reach their full potentials.

As such, Childhope would like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers for making a difference in the lives of our street children. We couldn’t be more grateful to you for bringing so much joy to our children, even if it was only for a brief moment. May you continue to be a blessing to others in the years to come!

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Education Session with the Street Kids
Education Session with the Street Kids

Not least among Childhope’s Street Education programs is the Alternative Learning System for Basic Education among the street children, which Childhope is currently conducting in partnership with the Department of Education. This program allows the Street Educators to give the street children the opportunity to earn DepEd accredited elementary grade school and high school certificates, even outside the formal school system, enabling them to claim the brighter future they deserve.

During the 1st quarter of this Year 2015, there were eighteen (18) street children who attended in the Basic Literacy and Numeracy (BLAN) classes. The street children participants learned how to read the ABC’s, count 1-10 digits, write their names and how to pronounce simple words.

Likewise, there were twenty-six (26) and fifteen (15) street children from the areas of Binondo, Divisoria, Ermita, Luneta and Pier, Manila who attended the Basic Literacy Program (BLP) and Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Program, during the period. The BLP and A&E modules usually require 6 to 10-month class that participants need to attend in preparation for the ALS examination.

On the other hand, most of the street children participants of A&E returned to formal school this School Year 2015-2016, while waiting for the ALS examination scheduled in November 2015.  

The Street Educators will continue to monitor those street children enrolled in formal school. The Street Educators will also conduct home visits to establish relationship with the parents/guardians of the street children beneficiaries, and to conduct counselling sessions to help ensure that the students will continue and finish their studies.

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Street Education program session
Street Education program session

Not least among Childhope’s Street Education programs is the Alternative Learning System* for Basic Education among the street children, which Childhope is currently conducting in partnership with the Department of Education. This program allows the Street Educators to give the street children the opportunity to earn DepEd accredited elementary grade school and high school certificates, even outside the formal school system, enabling them to claim the brighter future they deserve.

During the reporting period, there were eighteen (18) street children who attended in the Basic Literacy and Numeracy (BLAN) classes. The street children participants learned how to read the ABC’s, count 1-10 digits, write their names and how to pronounce simple words.

In addition, there were twenty-two (22) and thirty-four (34) street children from the areas of Binondo, Divisoria, Ermita, Luneta and Pier, Manila who attended the Basic Literacy Program (BLP) and Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Program, during the period. The BLP and A&E modules, usually require 6 to 10-month class that participants need to attend in preparation for the ALS examination.

On the other hand, most of the street children participants of A&E returned to formal school this School Year 2015-2016, while waiting for the ALS examination scheduled in November 2015.  

The Street Educators will continue to monitor those street children enrolled in formal school. The Street Educators will also conduct home visits to establish relationship with the parents/guardians of the street children beneficiaries, and to conduct counselling sessions to help ensure that the students will continue and finish their studies.

 

*The Alternative Learning System (ALS) is a ladderized, modular non-formal education program in the Philippines for dropouts in elementary and secondary schools, out-of-school youths, non-readers, working Filipinos and even senior citizens. The program has two different schematics for conducting instruction; school-based and community-based. On the school-based program, instructions are conducted in school campuses while in the community-based program, formal instruction are conducted in community halls or on private places. Delivery of instructions are provided by government-paid instructors or by private non-government organization.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_Learning_System_(Philippines)

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His medals and recognition
His medals and recognition

For the School Year 2014 – 2015, there are thirty-eight (38) street children beneficiaries of the Educational Assistance Program (EAP). Out of this number, one (1) dropped out from school due to negative peer influence and one (1) was not able to enroll because the enrollees did not reach the quota of the course he preferred. Below is the breakdown of EAP beneficiaries according to grade/ year level:

  • Elementary   – 9 street children
  • High School – 12 street children
  • College          – 15 street children

One of our beneficiaries, a high school graduate, who received several medals and recognitions from different organizations/sectors proved that being a poor is not a hindrance to your dream but as a challenge to continue to dream and to work harder. He will enroll in one of the Universities here in Manila to continue his dreams.

In addition, one (1) of our college graduates will be hired by the company where she undergone her OJT (on-the-job) training. This is also a proof that these children with their perseverance and financial support from people who believe in their worth, will definitely achieve their dream and have a better life away from the chaotic streets.

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Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc

Location: Manila, N/A - Philippines
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Project Leader:
Mylene Lagman
Resource Mobilization and Communications Manager
Manila, Philippines

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