Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse

by Tahanan Sta. Luisa, Inc.
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Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Empower Filipino teenage girl survivors of abuse
Taking online learning to new heights
Taking online learning to new heights

With the pandemic still in full throttle, distance and online learning have been the new normal. Teachers, students, and their parents have been compelled to navigate the intricacies of the online world to ensure that education does not take a back seat during the crisis. Online learning has its unique challenges, but the girls are slowly but surely adapting to the changes - the Tahanan way!

Just because our girls can’t go to school doesn’t mean that the learning should stop. Step by step, our girls are developing a deeper understanding of how learning requires actual work and discipline. Even when times get tough, our girls know that education is worth all the effort so they do their best and never give up on their dreams. Through the support of social workers, our girls can use online learning to their advantage and maximize opportunities to gain new ideas and concepts.

Plus, they learn more life skills through the sewing center social enterprise. They enjoy sewing bags, pouches, and many more designs while learning about the important values of hard work and perseverance. Social workers also bring fun into the learning through games that foster camaraderie and teamwork. 

Life skills for the future
Life skills for the future

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Promising Practices in Promoting Mental Health
Promising Practices in Promoting Mental Health

Tahanan Sta. Luisa has been recognized for its psychosocial and therapeutic programs that help street girls resolve personal and emotional problems through a better understanding of the self and the environment.

The Philippine Mental Health Association, Inc. (PMHA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) has chosen Tahanan as one of those who showed promising practices in promoting mental health under the community pillar Women Empowerment and Support.

During the awarding ceremonies last December, the organizers lauded Tahanan for being an outstanding organization that takes part in protecting and providing support services for women and girls. Tahanan is a crisis intervention center for young girls who have experienced abuse.

The social workers at Tahanan understand that we all have a role to play in advocating for women’s mental health. Through its programs, Tahanan strives to empower young women who face adversity with an open heart and mind. Overcoming childhood trauma is no easy feat, but every day, girls are taking steps to build resilience and heal wounds. Together, we can learn more about their stories of courage and hope.

Tahanan's Psychosocial Programs For Street Girls
Tahanan's Psychosocial Programs For Street Girls
"Liwanag: Promising Practices on Mental Health"
"Liwanag: Promising Practices on Mental Health"

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Reading and writing as powerful tools for healing
Reading and writing as powerful tools for healing

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives in ways that may seem unimaginable. But even though there is growing fear about the uncertainties ahead, there is also hope and love. The young girls of Tahanan Sta. Luisa teach us a thing or two about how to cope with the new normal through education, creativity, and positivity.

Having more time indoors opens more opportunities for girls to love reading and writing. These powerful tools can help children deal with trauma. At Tahanan, we make reading and writing essential parts of the healing process because they empower children to express their experiences and learn about others. This way, girls become more empathetic and connect with other people.

The girls also took the time indoors to enjoy role-playing. They learned more about Adam and Eve and the Bible's story of Creation. Our girls love telling stories - it is one of the most effective ways that enable them to communicate and express themselves. Role-playing is a therapeutic approach that helps them cope with their worrles in this difficult time. Through role-playing, the girls are able to open up and make better connections with themselves and with each other.

The girls also enjoyed paying tribute to the country's rich culture and heritage with heartfelt performances of some of the Philippines' well-loved traditional folk dances. Besides giving them opportunities to hone their skills in art and dance, these performances empower our girls by boosting their self-confidence, celebrating their talent and diversity, and giving them unique experiences they won't easily forget.

Most importantly, our girls learned more about the value of gratitude. They became fond of writing thank-you letters to their nanays who play significant roles in their growth and recovery. From being mothers and mentors, to the best listeners, fronliners, and friends, our girls' nanays take their roles to heart to ensure that our girls get all the love, kindness, and understanindg. 

Role-playing as a therapeutic approach
Role-playing as a therapeutic approach
Art and Dance To Boost Confidence
Art and Dance To Boost Confidence

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Paying it forward: Educating girls
Paying it forward: Educating girls

The community quarantine in most parts of the Philippines has also taken a toll on children’s physical, mental, and social health and well-being. But the young girls of Tahanan Sta. Luisa can teach us a thing or two about how to cope with our new reality through education, creativity, and positivity.

Schools in the country are closed, but the learning (and the fun) never stops for the young girls of the organization. Thanks to Angel, one of Tahanan’s beneficiaries who is now pursuing her studies in college. Angel decided to pay it forward and make the most of her time indoors by helping the girls catch up with their lessons and not fall behind in their studies.

The girls also developed a deeper understanding of the value of playtime. They realized that playing can counter the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by helping them mitigate stress, strengthen relationships, and build resilience.

Learning how to make their own blouses, skirts, shorts in sewing class also kept them busy and productive. Through this initiative, the organization aims to empower girls by letting them know that they have the power to learn new skills and build self-reliance.

Cherishing playtime
Cherishing playtime
Sewing their way to empowerment
Sewing their way to empowerment

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The girls work hard to learn sewing skills
The girls work hard to learn sewing skills

11-year-old Christine (not her real name) takes great pride in being able to create wallets, bags, and dresses all by herself. “I am very happy and thrilled because I can already tell my mother and my aunt that I can sew these accessories,” she said.

Through funding and support from kind donors, Tahanan Sta. Luisa is able to run a sewing center social enterprise. The program aims to train the girls to create quality machine-sewn and hand-sewn items that will develop their sewing skills and creative talents, teach them a good work ethic, and enable them to earn income while learning. 

It takes a community to build the next generation of girl leaders, and many stepped up to help our girls gain the strength and confidence they need to lead productive lives. A fully functional sewing center was built. A skilled sewing teacher taught the girls to use industrial sewing machines and edging machines with safety precautions. Soon, the girls were sewing simple tote bags, coin purses, pouches, pot holders, headbands, table doilies, and pillow covers.

Visitors and volunteers who came to the center bought the items. Volunteer artist groups came around to give lessons on how to paint on fabric or to decorate with beads and buttons. The girls had loads of fun painting and decorating their bags. Donor partners also gave Tahanan opportunities to showcase the girls’ products during their events.

More than a social enterprise, the project is a personal development channel for the resident girls of Tahanan. It is a significant contributor to their overall education and healing. The program helps girls battle trauma from abuse. Through skills training, girls become self- sufficient individuals inside and outside the shelter. They found the importance of treasuring their own skills and improving them. 

Girls show their hand-painted canvas bags
Girls show their hand-painted canvas bags
Girls learn how to make a wallet
Girls learn how to make a wallet
Products made by girls sold at a bazaar
Products made by girls sold at a bazaar
Beautiful tote bag carefully sewn by our girls
Beautiful tote bag carefully sewn by our girls

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Tahanan Sta. Luisa, Inc.

Location: Antipolo City, NCR - Philippines
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Project Leader:
Maria Fatima Reyes
Antipolo City, Philippines
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