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

Leadership Training and Participation among Street Children                                                                                                                  

For the reporting period a total of forty nine (49) Junior Health Workers (JHWs) from different areas covered by the Street Education Program continuously conduct activities/sessions on Primary Health Care/Personal Hygiene, STI-HIV AIDS and other health related topics among children in their respective area. They also refer sick children to public health centers and to Childhope Mobile Health Clinic Doctor and also assist during scheduled check-ups in the area.

In addition, these youth leaders also administer First Aid treatment in the area regularly and also whenever there are outreach activities and field trips.

The Junior Child’s Rights Advocates (JCRAs) diligently perform their tasks and responsibilities such as conducting sessions on Child Rights and related laws among other street children and assisting the street educators during alternative education sessions and outreach activities in their respective areas. One of them is also very active in their school as class President. He is also active in Youth Ministry in Ermita Parish Church and served during the Mass every Sunday.

Two (2) JCRA also attended the 2 days Children Talk to Children Training Workshop organized by Save the Children. The training aims to capacitate children and youth to be involved in the implementation and monitoring of the United Nations on the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

 

Educational Assistance Program (EAP) for Formal Education 

For this School Year 2014 – 2015, there are thirty-eight (38) street children beneficiaries of Educational Assistance Program (EAP). Below is the breakdown of EAP beneficiaries according to grade/ year level:

  • Elementary   – 10 street children
  • High School – 12 street children
  • College          – 16 street children

A General Assembly meeting was conducted among street children who are in-school together with their parents. Educational Assistance Program policies were discussed and EAP children with honors were given certificates of recognition. School supplies were also distributed to the children.

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Session on Mobile Educ Van_photo credit to Mr.Siya
Session on Mobile Educ Van_photo credit to Mr.Siya

For the reporting period, fifteen (15) children from Divisoria area participated every Saturday in the on-going training on bag making made from of recycled newspapers. Those street youth who were previously trained on cosmetology (pedicure and manicure) provided services to adults in their respective areas and earned a minimal income. On the other hand, five (5) street youth trained in Hotel and Restaurant Service are continuously working in Queensland on an on-call basis.

Another two street youths trained in Housekeeping have finished their on-the-job training from St. Anthony center. Moreover, three trained street youth work as waiter and service crew in a fast food chain and in a hotel.

Furthermore, one of the street youth trained in Voc. Tech. is managing a small sari-sari store in South Harbor (Pier). He shared with the street educator that he has savings in the bank. He expressed that he is very grateful that he became a client of Childhope where he acquired skills and positive values in life.

For the School Year 2013-2014, out of 36 children enrolled in formal school, three (3) children dropped out due to family problems and the local government “rescue” operations. However, one of the college students did not enroll in the second semester due to a health problem (hernia). The 33 enrolled children were promoted to the next grade/ year level.

The social workers conducted counselling sessions with the children and their parents. The children are still interested to continue their studies and they are planning to enroll the next school year. The child who has a hernia will be referred by CHAP doctor to UP-PGH summer outreach operations. In the meantime, the children are undergoing counselling and regularly attend the alternative education and counselling sessions to help them to make with good decisions.  

Regular meetings, group counselling sessions and home/school visitations were conducted to closely monitor the children’s performance in school and to help them address their issues and concerns. The children’s monthly allowances were disbursed on time to support their daily school needs.

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Education on the Streets
Education on the Streets

For the period covered, a total of 49 street children were assisted with individual counselling while 220 street children participated in group counselling sessions. On the other hand, three (3) street children [two (2) males and one (1) female] were referred to recovery shelters such as Pangarap Shelter and Tahanan Sta. Luisa, while a child from Baclaran area was reunited with her family in Ilocos province.

The social workers continuously conduct home visits, school visits and agency visits to monitor the street children’s school performance, regular attendance in the alternative education sessions and counselling sessions among children who have behavioural problems, and also home visitations to discuss with the parents about their children’s issues and concerns.

Moreover, paralegal assistance and psychosocial interventions were provided to street children as follows:

  • A case of a child, who was ready for referral to a center, was coordinated with the barangay in Caloocan to secure a Barangay Certificate and Birth Certificate as requirements for admission in the center. Likewise, coordination with the local City Social Welfare Development Office (CSWDO) was also conducted since the child is an abandoned/neglected child. At present the child is undergoing counselling as part of his preparation to entering a shelter.
  • A child was referred by policemen to the Childhope social worker due to an alleged theft and robbery case. The child’s case was coordinated with Barangay 81 in Caloocan and together with the barangay; Childhope social worker referred the child to Local Government Unit – CSWDO for custody and the necessary case management.
  • Five (5) street children who experienced humiliation from a security guard and parish staff were referred to the barangay leader. A case conference was conducted with the presence of the children victims, perpetrators and Childhope/ Malayan staff/social worker. The children were assisted through counselling and were encouraged to continue their participation in the sessions conducted in the area.
  • Coordination with Department of Justice (DOJ), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and International Justice Mission (IJM) regarding the case of a trafficked child in Blumentritt is still ongoing. The case has an on-going court hearing. The child is under the custody of DSWD Marillac Hills, while the Childhope social worker conducts periodic visits to provide counselling/support to the child.

In addition, street children participants of Service Skills Training successfully completed their trainings as follows last December 28, 2013: 1 street youth enrolled in Entrepreneurship training; 16 street youth enrolled in Cosmetology (Manicure and Pedicure); and 13 youth enrolled in the Hotel and Restaurant Service.

Those who were trained in Manicure and Pedicure are earning income in their respective areas. Meanwhile, youth who were trained on Hotel and Restaurant Service are undergoing On-the-Job Training (OJT) at Queensland Catering and St. Joseph Catering, while one of them is now employed in Jollibee as a service crew.  A youth participant who was trained on Entrepreneurship is now managing a barbecue business in Malate area. Moreover, these trained street youth have also attended sessions on Convention on the Rights of the Child, Protective Behaviour and Personal Safety, Skills for Life and Adolescent Reproductive Health.

A CHAP volunteer conducted a training session on Proper Food Serving among twenty (20) participants and also assisted the youth who completed OJT training on preparation of Curriculum Vitae and proper etiquette in applying for a job.


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Selected street kids played soccer
Selected street kids played soccer

For the period covered, a total of 55 street children were assisted with individual counselling while 171 street children participated in group counselling sessions. On the other hand, four (4) street children of which one (1) male and three (3) females were referred to recovery shelters such as Virlanie Foundation, Tahanan Sta. Luisa and Bahay Tuluyan. In their new home, the referred children will have an opportunity to go back to formal school and live a better life.

In addition, the enrolled thrity-seven (37) sponsored street children in formal school under the Educational Assistance Program continue to attend their classes regularly. The Psycho-social Intervention workers/ social workers conduct school visitations and home visitations to ensure that they are regularly attending their classes.

Regular monthly meetings and group counselling sessions are continuously conducted to closely monitor the children’s performance in school and to help them address their issues and concerns. Regular provisions of monthly allowances to children were disbursed on time to support their daily school needs.

Moreover, fifteen (15) EAP children continuously attend a tutorial class in Math held in Childhope office every Saturday conducted by a volunteer.  

Alternative Education session on the street
Alternative Education session on the street
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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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