According to the 2003 Situationer of Street Children in the Philippines, 2 out of 5 Filipino families are living in poverty. Street children live or work on the streets, with or without adult care. 25% of the total population of children live on the streets, and 30% of these are girls, who are vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse and exploitation. This project will help 23 street girls recover in mind and body, and prepare them for independent living or family reunification if feasible.
Our Healing Program provides 23 girls psychological services like individual and group counseling, music, arts, dance and theatre therapy (adjunctive therapy), and psychiatric assessment and medication if necessary. In addition, the output from their art therapy also serve as income-generating products (cross-stitch, painting, jewelries and accessories), and dance and theatre therapy as venues in showcasing their skills and releasing negative energy.
The Healing and Recovery Program will help 23 girls realize which habits and behaviors foster positive results. We give them activities that help dispel negative feelings, and enhance their productivity and self-esteem. Recovery and independence can be attained if they are constantly taught to let go of past negative experiences and encouraged to do worthwhile and holistic activities.