Provide Protection Through an Education Program

by Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc
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Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program
Provide Protection Through an Education Program

In partnership with two child-centered organizations, Bahay Tuluyan, and Kanlungan sa Er-Ma Ministry, Inc. (Kanlungan), ASMAE – Association Seour Emmanuel Philippines, Inc. (ASMAE Philippines) conducted the Youth Peer Advocates Training from December 18 to December 21, 2019, in the Communication Foundation for Asia in Sta. Mesa Manila. The training was participated in by 25 youth leaders ages 15 to 19, of which 12 were males and 13 were females.

The 4-day training aims to enhance the capacities of selected youth leaders in educating other children and youth in their respective communities about children’s rights and other important topics that are vital in their development. The four-day training has two important components: (1) the session on four thematic issues which include climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management, children’s rights, reproductive health, and gender concepts, and (2) the series of workshops on leadership skills and facilitation. Experts and experienced individuals were invited to present, discuss, and facilitate the sessions.

The training utilized interactive discussion and motivational activities that ensured the optimum experience and learnings of the participants. In the training, participants were able to deliver various outputs such as the identification of leadership values, learnings on the personal resources on facilitation, sample training modules, and the actual demonstrations of the groups’ respective learning sessions.

In the end, the participants have appreciated the activities and the facilitators that they were able to demonstrate remarkable improvements in their scores at the pre-test and the post-test. It is impressive that 100% of the participants showed improvements on their pre and post-tests where 23 out of the 24 participants registered scores more than 13 points compared to the result of the pre-test where only 4 participants generated scores higher than 13.

The training also received positive feedback from the participants as reflected in the Evaluation Survey. All of the participants agreed that the training is successful as it was able to meet their expectations. All in all, the training received a satisfaction rating of 9.3% (10 being the highest) from the youth participants.

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Improving Learning Opportunities for Street Kids.
Improving Learning Opportunities for Street Kids.

For thirty (30) years since 1989, Childhope Philippines Foundation has tried its best to continuously respond directly to the needs of about 1,200 street children yearly in Metro Manila. These children are exposed everyday to the hazards and risks of working and living on the streets. The following have been the strategies conducted: advocating, mobilizing, and developing the capacity of grassroots communities to protect the rights of the children, to provide care, assistance, and support to children at risk and children in need of special protection (CNSP); and assisting the street children through an integrated holistic direct service Street Education Program.

Based on the study done by the Philippine government, there are 222,400 children who live on the streets of Metro Manila. Some children live with their families while some live on their own. These children have limited access to food, shelter, protection, and health; and these children don’t have a chance to go to formal school.

Street children generally lack access to public school services due primarily to poverty. Although there are some street children (working children and children of street families) who go to formal school, very few of them are able to continue and complete their studies due to their families’ lack or insufficiency of funds. While public school tuition fees are supposedly free as guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution, other fees or charges are required in many public schools such as Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) fees and expenses for field study trips, and school projects.

Through the Educational Assistance Project (EAP), the street children who wish to attend and complete their studies in the mainstream formal school system are given the opportunity to attain their basic right to education.

What We Do

The Educational Assistance Project (EAP) will support the educational expenses of the street children working on the streets whose families are not financially able to support school-related expenses.

Through the EAP, Childhope Philippines hopes to extend assistance to 150 deserving street children to enjoy their right to formal education in either elementary or junior high school.

The beneficiaries of this project will, in the long run, experience less discrimination because they will no longer be ignorant and will be able to speak and defend themselves and their rights, learn from current events, new discoveries / innovations, developments in fields that are of interest to them, and issues that directly affect them. Eventually these children can be gainfully employed and will earn their own money; but for now, it is important that they will be given the chance to go back to school and open doors of opportunities for them.

This project aims to provide educational assistance for one (1) year to 150 street children who are in need of financial support in order to attend formal school. They are either presently out-of-school who desire to go back to school or are currently in-school but are at risk of dropping out due to reasons such as the need to look for a job to earn and buy food for their family, the difficulty in combining work and school, the need to assist in caring for younger siblings since their parents are doing menial jobs, insufficient funds to buy materials for school projects, among others.

The school year in the Philippines begins in June and ends in March the following year. Tuition fees are free for public schools, colleges and universities but the child must provide for books, school uniforms, physical education uniforms, shoes, school bag and other school supplies, fees for field / observation trips, and materials for school projects. Expenses for meals and transportation allowance are among the most common problems these street children encounter, preventing them from going to school every day. In fact, based on our experience, most urban poor families cannot simply afford to send their children to school regularly due to these circumstances.

To date, Childhope supports the education of 44 street children beneficiaries under the EAP and hopes to extend the support to 150 more street children who are in dire need of financial support for schooling.

Learn about Childhope Philippines' Educational Assistance Program, downlaod the document attached below.


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Graduates of Academic Year 2018
Graduates of Academic Year 2018

As a concluding event of the academic year 2018, Childhope Philippines once again recognized its street children who have successfully completed an academic degree, moving up to another grade level, and the Basic Literacy Program, and most especially to street children who achieved excellence for academic year of 2018.

A total of 101 students had been recognized—twenty-six (26) from the Malayan Street Education Program, fifty (50) from the organization’s Educational Assistance Program, and twenty-five (25) from the functional literacy of ATE Academy. The actual number of participating students in this event is lower than the expected. Nevertheless, the event was still full of fun as students proudly walked and accepted their certificate and token symbolizing their perseverance to education.

EAP Scholars’ Recognition Day

Held last June 15, before the 2019 school year start, Childhope organized its annual day of recognition for the academic achievements of its beneficiaries under the organization’s Educational Assistance Program (EAP) at Ravengar Court, Paco, Manila. Fifty (50) street children were awarded certificates of recognition and medals for the excellence in academics during the ceremony.

Also, the highlight of the event was the sharing of personal stories of the three college graduates, Genesis (BS Aircraft Mechanic), Jennelyn (BS Industrial Psychology), Christian (Bachelor in Business Teacher Education Major in Business Technology and Livelihood). A common note in their speeches was the impact of the education they received from Childhope and how it has shaped their skills and qualities to become better individuals ready to join the workforce or take on higher education.

The event was also graced by the presence of some of the programs’ sponsors and other former graduates who have been part of the program.

A.T.E Academy Moving Up Ceremony

Through the collaboration of Museo Pambata and Childhope Philippines Foundation, thirty (30) street kids gleefully marched, and received their certificate of recognition and awards during the ATE Academy’s moving up ceremony last April 2019.

The program was led by Childhope Philippines’ Program Manager, Ms. Lorna Salen.

Capping off the ceremony, Ms. Salen expressed her closing heartfelt gratitude to children and their families for choosing to be part of the program as their second home. She also reminded the children to always carry with them the good values that the institution has instilled them.

This A.T.E. (Ako, Tayo, Para sa Edukasyon) Academy is a joint project of Museo Pambata and Childhope Philippines started in 2013 wherein it supports select out-of-school youth or under-performing school children living in the streets of Luneta Park and South Pier in Manila through a daily tutorials in art, english, and math.

Malayan Street Education Program (SEP) Graduation Day

On the 19th year of Malayan’s Street Education Program (SEP), our street children were once again given the chance to learn how to read, write, and count through engagements in various sessions such as Basic Literary Program (BLP) and Alternative Learning System (ALS).

For this batch, a total of 26 street children who completed the basic literary and numeracy class and was recognized and received their certificate of accomplishment last July 2, 2019.

This corporate social responsibility program has successfully produced a total of 412 graduates since year 2000. The SEP graduation was graced by Malayan Insurance President Ms. Yuchengco, Rev. Father Lim of Binondo Parish Church and representatives from Childhope Philippines Foundation.

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As the school year ended and another school year comes to start, Childhope Philippines grateful to their Street Educators, volunteers, partners, and donors who has been very helpful in supporting the street children’s education. Also, Childhope highly recognized the street children’s families for guiding them with wisdom and love during these most formative of years.

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Being equipped with the proper tools for school is necessary to academic success. However, for many homeless school-aged children living in the streets in Metro Manila, education has taken a backseat due to greater family needs such as food and utilities.
Fortunately, Childhope Philippines recognizes that in order to break the cycle of poverty and hunger, children must be prepared to learn and succeed in school. Additionally, statistics show that children tend to learn and retain more information if they perceive themselves to be on a level playing field with other children. Children that are academically prepared have higher self-confidence, self-worth and pride, which in turn, results in better grades.
Under the Street Education and Protection Program, the EduKit Project serves its street children beneficiaries whose families are unable to acquire needed school supplies. Each year, Childhope Philippines collects or purchases new back-packs, pencils, notebooks, pens, paper, rulers and other supplies for distribution. These street children will receive school supplies directly from Childhope on June 15, 2019.
WHAT WE DO:
Our EduKit Project is dedicated to providing those in need of school supplies with the tools necessary to be successful in the classroom. Through sponsorship, we can provide pre-assembled backpacks filled with essential school supplies for our street children beneficiaries.
There are two ways to support EduKit Project, (1) If you wish to donate new school supplies or bulk, you can deliver supplies to Childhope Philippines Headquarters (1210 Penafrancia Extension, Brgy. 827, Paco, Manila), (2) or make a monetary donation to Childhope Philippines and designate "EduKit Project".
To learn more about the EduKit Project, contact Ms. Mylene Lagman, Resource Mobilization Manager or Jem Tumbaga, Resource Mobilization Officer at:
  • Email: igivehope@childhope.org. ph
  • Tel Nos: (02) 563 4647 or (02) 561 7118
  • Mobile Nos.: +639228829156 or +639276283183
Your gift will make a difference!

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KalyEskwela or Mobile School
KalyEskwela or Mobile School

As poverty remains to be one of the biggest developmental issues in the country, poverty reduction continues to be at the core of Childhope Philippines services mostly for the children living in the streets. Over the years, development processes became more participatory especially for the stakeholders. As the country aims for steady and inclusive economic and social growth, The Childhope Philippines ensures continued support to the street Filipino youth. Thus, by giving them more opportunities to build a bright future for themselves, their families and their communities, they will have a greater contribution to poverty reduction.

Street children comprise about 1-3% of the children and youth population of the major cities in the Philippines. Metro Manila and the National Capital Region (NCR) have an estimated 30,000 children on the streets, while nationwide; some 250,000 street children are believed to be plying the streets of major urban centers.

While on the streets, these children are exposed to very harsh and dangerous elements. They suffer from hunger, cold, sickness, abuse, and exploitation. Among the street children, the street girls are the most vulnerable to maltreatment, sexual abuse and exploitation. 30% of street children are girls.

Most street children are child workers, working and/or living on the streets and engaged in vending, car washing, scavenging, begging, peddling drugs, prostitution and petty theft. Boys, just as often as girls, are sexually abused. These children are often in conflict with the law and the authorities.

Childhope Philippines continues to be on the frontline in establishing a safer environment for the street children, empowering them together with their families, and ensuring them to gain access to a more developmental and productive future.

Through the aid of Childhope’s banner program, the Street Education and Protection Program, the street children are offered protection from abuse, opportunities to develop knowledge about their rights and responsibilities and the risks encountered on the streets. The program also aims to assist and provide the children with their most urgent, individual needs such as food, health and medical care, paralegal advice, counselling and protection, and support them in building a better life for themselves by providing access to education and vocational training and ultimately helping them to leave the streets. Childhope Philippines prioritize abandoned, abused and neglected street children who live alone on the streets and do not have any connection with their families and we go to where the children are, running many of our programs on the streets.

Childhope wants all the street children to have an opportunity to access well integrated education and childcare provision. Childhope believes that all children should be able to enjoy their life and learning, growing healthy, and achieve their best potential. Childhope are fully committed to continue to develop their knowledge and skills to meet children’s unique needs.

In reaching out to the street children, Childhope Philippines know that they cannot do it alone. They believe that every individual can support their advocacy in small or immense cooperation.

We invite you to be part of the change. You can give, you can advocate, and you can volunteer. Let’s save the children out of streets.

For more information, email us at childhope@hope.org.ph or childhopeasia@yahoo.com. You can contactus +63 2 563 4647 / 561 7118 or +63 917 501 0899.

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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, N/A Philippines
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