Tahanan Sta. Luisa believes that a street girl's first experiences in school can set the tone for her overall attitude toward learning. That's why we maximize every opportunity to help our street girls foster a love for school and learning.
As restrictions eased up and more schools opened, the girls of Tahanan participated in face-to-face classes and were very excited to learn with their peers and classmates.
We see to it that the girls have everything they need to thrive in school while also ensuring their safety and well-being at all times.
Our programs also reflect our advocacy to lead by example. Our social workers and caregivers do their best to influence the street girls in positive ways. We help street girls harness their potential by ...
Tahanan Sta. Luisa's mission is to empower street girls through education. We take concrete steps to raise girls that have a deep love for school and learning --- skills that will benefit them for years to come.
We still have a long way to go in eliminating violence against women and children. But even small acts of kindness can help strengthen efforts to promote women's and children's rights.
To celebrate Children's Month, Tahanan Sta. Luisa held its yearly Ms. TSL pageant. The theme for this year is "Healing, Hope, And Strength for All Women." The activity encouraged the girls to embrace their strengths and weaknesses and express their thoughts and emotions. It was a simple, fun, and memorable way to learn from each other's experiences while building self-confidence.
Tahanan Sta. Luisa also joined an Earth Bazaar with the theme "No To Violence Against Women and Children." Through the event, we were able to share about our programs to empower young girl survivors of abuse --- from urban gardening activities to sewing, art therapy, and more! Plus, we were also able to showcase seedlings, seeds, art note cards, and bed sets produced by the girls as part of their healing and recovery.
What a way to advance our advocacy while giving back in this season of sharing.
It’s officially “Back To School” season in the Philippines and the girls of Tahanan Sta. Luisa are ecstatic to meet their teachers and classmates face to face. After nearly two years of online classes, our girls are very thankful to return to the classroom and learn side by side with their peers and friends.
This school year, however, will be unlike any other. Living in the “new normal” comes with its unique set of challenges, and schooling is no exception. COVID-19 remains a threat and health protocols must be strictly followed to ensure that everyone is safe. For us at Tahanan Sta. Luisa, we make sure that our girls know what to do to keep themselves protected whenever they’re out and about.
Students will also be navigating a hybrid approach to education. That means some days they will be required to go to the school building, while on other days they will be asked to learn outside the classroom and in the comfort of their homes. We trust that our teachers are doing their best to provide a safe environment for our girls to learn, play, and engage with their classmates.
Despite the challenges, Tahanan’s goal remains the same: to empower street girl survivors of abuse through quality education. We are proud of our girls for their commitment and dedication to learning and developing their knowledge and skills. With the proper guidance and inspiration, they are on the right track to reaching their full potential and becoming productive and independent members of our society.
From the garden to the table!
What a glorious feeling! The girls of Tahanan Sta. Luisa are becoming experts at transplanting leafy greens and making simple meals using their very own harvest.
Our organic farm and garden is growing magnificently. The girls have been busy harvesting okra, kangkong, talong, sweet basil, and some chilis. Plus, the herb and flower patches outside the greenhouse are starting to take great shape. We will soon be enjoying more zinnias, marigolds, pandan, rosemary, and peanuts.
The girls have also learned how to make delicious pesto pasta from all the ingredients that they harvested right in our own backyard. To complement the meal and beat the summer heat, they also enjoyed making iced lemongrass and pandan tea.
Tahanan’s garden has become a tremendous source of joy and inspiration. Our girls are not only unlocking new skills and boosting their self-confidence, but they are also doing their part to help the environment by practicing sustainable agriculture.
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic came with overwhelming challenges, there are still a lot of things to be grateful for. One of those is the fact that our girls at Tahanan get to experience all the wonders of organic urban farming and horticultural therapy.
The COVID-19 lockdowns have been very difficult for our girls and made them feel the negative effects of extended isolation and confinement. Before the pandemic hit the Philippines, our girls were enjoying therapy sessions at a garden inside a nearby convent of religious nuns.
We decided to recreate the healing environment that a garden brings by adding horticultural farming as part of our therapy programs.
We thank our mentors and a pastor couple for turning this dream into a reality. Our girls can already grow their vegetables! The girls learned how to make Bokashi compost, and turned kitchen scraps like fruit and vegetable peels into organic fertilizer. The girls also learned how to sow, weed, transplant, and build flower beds.
This program has helped our girls cope with the challenges of the new normal by honing their green thumbs, cultivating the soil, and creating the garden of their dreams right in Tahanan's backyard.
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