This project will provide 130 additional Filipino Amerasian children with funds for school fees and psycho-social development and medical services. PAGA supports 130 children in Metro Manila and intends to expand its successful approach to children in Angeles and Olangapo Cities, two former US military base municipalities where many children have been left behind by their American fathers and need financial help and support from social workers to fulfill their dreams of getting an education.
Filipino Amerasians are the biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US military). Many have been abandoned by their fathers and their mothers are too poor to send them to school or provide basic medical care. There are from 50,000 to 250,000 Filipino Amerasians, a much higher number than in neighboring countries. However, they are excluded from the Amerasian Act of 1982, which allows children from other countries to move to the US and become citizens.
PAGA provides financial support for these children to attend school and an integrated program of home visits, workshops and summer camps focused on education, health care, social protection, psychological development and opportunities for economic productivity for the graduates and their families. This approach has proven to be successful in liberating these children from the cycle of generational poverty. During its 95 years, PAGA has helped thousands of children complete school and find jobs.
PAGA's assistance to underprivileged Filipino Amerasian children helps them complete their education, increase their self-esteem and resourcefulness, and find jobs. This enables them to live life to the fullest and become independent, productive and responsible members of Filipino society. Their families also benefit from workshops on family dynamics, childrearing and livelihood training, enabling them to improve their quality of life and economic situation.