To help more street children to help themselves

by Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc
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To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
To help more street children to help themselves
Group Counseling session
Group Counseling session

To be able to monitor the behavioural of the street children participants, counselling is part of the sessions that our Social Workers is conducting among them. After a series of counselling sessions, the street children demonstrated the following positive behavioural changes for the past reporting period:

  • Their understanding on the severe implications of living on the streets increased.
  • Their thoughts and behaviours toward others greatly improved.
  • They were no longer as hesitant to disclose their deep-seated problems with our social workers.
  • They realized the dangerous effects of misusing psychoactive substances.
  • Their performance in school and in their Alternative Learning System (ALS) classes noticeably improved.
  • They realized that they are not hopeless and that there are concerned citizens/groups willing to help them.

 

In addition, the street children enrolled in Childhope’s Educational Assistance Program (EAP) have been closely monitored by the social workers through regular home visits and school visits. The school visits help social workers to better assess their situation and performance in school during the academic period.  Consultations with their homeroom teachers were conducted to ensure that the students attended and participated in class. Children who had difficulties with their studies were consequently provided with counselling together with their parents so as to guide the latter in better supporting their children with their studies.

 

Moreover, through Financial Education sessions, the street educators continue to educate street children on the value of money and its proper use, and motivate them to develop the habit of saving for future use. The coordinator is currently coordinating with China Bank for the opening of their savings accounts. He is also assisting the children in securing pertinent documents for their accounts.  This quarter, six (6) youth were selected and formally enrolled in the new batch of participants for the service skills training program.

Hotel and Restaurant Service Training
Hotel and Restaurant Service Training
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A New Journey

Rodalyn or Rod as her friends call her is just another passionate girl with big dreams. Like many kids out there, her dreams are free and without limits. What sets her apart, though, is her drive to actually get up and take the first step forward.

But, Rod wasn’t always like this.

There was a time when Rod didn’t even know what it was like to dream. As a child, life was a constant struggle for her. At such a young age - a time when her only problem should be finding the perfect outfit for her dolls, she was much more worried about whether her parents and seven siblings would be able to eat a full meal before the day ended. Due to extreme poverty, she had to help her parents sell vegetables and collect litters on the sidewalks. And because of this, she was never really given an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment. 

As luck would have it, Rod stumbled upon some of Childhope’s educators while she was walking down the street with her mother. Just as expected, she became quite eager to join after she found out that she was going to receive food if she listened attentively. Little did she know, she was going to receive much more than that.

As soon as her educators realized that she had great potentials, they encouraged her to join the Alternative Learning Sessions and become a Junior Health Worker (JHW). According to Rod, this was when she first realized she still had hope. This was when she started dreaming.

While the Alternative Learning Sessions allowed her to finally attain her elementary school diploma, being a JHW helped her tremendously in developing the skills she needed to reach for those dreams. Aside from learning how to help her fellow street children out with their health, it also taught her to become an effective leader and role-model to them. Through this, Rod realized that she needed to become much more careful with her actions and serve as a positive source of inspiration to those children.

Eventually, she found the courage to join the activities she always dreamt of being a part of. Her life ultimately revolved around theater, choir, dance, and sports. She couldn’t be happier.

Her struggles have finally come to an end.

Rod has just graduated from college. One of her dreams now is to find a wonderful job in a safe office environment, so that someday she could buy her family their very own house and hopefully get them off the streets.

“I want, I can, and I will succeed” – this is Rod’s philosophy in life. She believes that while everything may seem difficult and unattainable at first, if you really have this determination to go after your dreams wholeheartedly, then you will eventually get there. She’s a living proof of how the power to change your course of life purely lies in your hands.

“I may not be rich, but I know that I can still help and make a difference, no matter how little it may be.” While Rod is already very active in the community, deep in her heart, she hopes to someday become a licensed social worker so that she could set forth to touch the lives of the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines.

The question is, will you help her achieve this dream?

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The Street Kids Carolers
The Street Kids Carolers

The Christmas season is the one time of year when the air is filled with joy, laughter, love, light, and, of course, music. One way Childhope likes to celebrate Christmas is by sending out the street children choir to sing carols and bring holiday cheer to our friends and partners.

For four (4) years now, our little group of carolers has been given the chance to share their talents with those who happily open their doors to them. While our social workers in Childhope work hard to train them, our kids definitely work twice as hard, just so they could make the people around them happy.

The kids are truly grateful to be given this opportunity. We at Childhope also wanted to show our appreciation to them, and so we made sure to thank them and shower them with loads of presents at the end of this Christmas journey. Thank you so much once again to everyone who supported our street children this year. You are truly a blessing!

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Tutorial Session
Tutorial Session

For the School Year 2015 – 2016, there are thirty-seven (37) street children beneficiaries of the Educational Assistance Program (EAP). Below is the breakdown of EAP beneficiaries according to grade/ year level:

  • Elementary          – 7 street children
  • High School        – 19 street children
  • College                – 11 street children

One (1) of the EAP beneficiaries, had finished his 2-year course of Industrial Skills Training Program under Technical Vocational Education and Training Center at Don Bosco Technical Institute. He also finished his On-the-Job Training (OJT) at Subic Drydock Corporation last June 2015. At the moment, the child is attending Basic Safety Training and complete all the requirements for his OJT as a seafarer.

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Tutorial classes
Tutorial classes

Not least among Childhope’s Street Education programs is the Alternative Learning System for Basic Education among the street children, which Childhope is currently conducting in partnership with the Department of Education. This program allows the Street Educators to give the street children the opportunity to earn DepEd accredited elementary grade school and high school certificates, even outside the formal school system, enabling them to claim the brighter future they deserve.

During the period, there were eighteen (18) street children who attended in the Basic Literacy and Numeracy (BLAN) classes. The street children participants learned how to read the ABC’s, count 1-10 digits, write their names and how to pronounce simple words.

In addition, there were twenty-six (26) and fifteen (15) street children from the areas of Binondo, Divisoria, Ermita, Luneta and Pier, Manila who attended the Basic Literacy Program (BLP) and Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Program, during the period. The BLP and A&E modules, usually require 6 to 10-month class that participants need to attend in preparation for the ALS examination.

On the other hand, most of the street children participants of A&E returned to formal school this School Year 2015-2016, while waiting for the ALS examination scheduled in November 2015. 

The Street Educators will continue to monitor those street children enrolled in formal school. The Street Educators will also conduct home visits to establish relationship with the parents/guardians of the street children beneficiaries, and to conduct counselling sessions to help ensure that the students will continue and finish their studies.

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Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc

Location: Manila, N/A - Philippines
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Mylene Lagman
Resource Mobilization and Communications Manager
Manila, Philippines
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