Strengthen families to prevent abuse and neglect of children and youth
This pillar works towards realizing these SDG’s
The community pillar seeks to prevent
occurrence of abuse and neglect among children through building stronger families and sustainable communities.
On estimate, around 4.5 million Filipinos are homeless or living in informal settlements (Philippine Statistics Authority, 2015), with roughly 3 million of them residing in Metro Manila. Most of them are migrant families from the provinces who come in search of better livelihood opportunities. Others were forced out of their homes by industrial and commercial projects.
This puts families at the very core of the Community pillar’s interventions. Virlanie helps prevent abuse and neglect among children by strengthening their families. We seek to address multiple problems which arise in the urban poor sector such as child labor, poor education, high incidence of malnutrition, child neglect, child abuse, exploitation, and child trafficking.
THE FAMILY PROGRAM
Through its Family Program, Virlanie Community pillar currently leads community-based intervention in two urban poor communities of Metro-Manila: Brgy. Bagong Silangan, Quezon City and Parola, Manila. It provides integrated services from its core intervention, Family Case Management and Family Development, to internal referrals to Virlanie health, education and integration pillars, as well as external referrals to other partners (LGU, Barangays, DSWD, NGOs, Specialized Health Centers…).
children completed training sessions on child rights (United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child)
families reached through the Family Program
sponsored college students graduated; 1 is now a mechanical engineer
Data from 2017. For more statistics, click to view Virlanie’s 2017 Annual Reports
ILEAD OPEN DAY CENTER – EDUCATION AND TRAINING
We believe that street mothers can be leaders of change for their families as well as their communities. However, because they are often the ones taking care of the children, it is not easy for them to find a balance between their family life and professional life.
Therefore, we decided to give them tailor-fit training opportunities in our iLead Open Day Center for Education and Training, which works towards improving the living conditions of marginalized mothers.
The Center provides sewing, cooking, baking, and beauty care
” Now that I have graduated, I want to start a sewing and tailoring business. My husband is a tricycle driver and with the skills that I have learned, I can now also earn for the needs and sustenance of our family “
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Virlanie Foundation is a private, non-profit organization reaching out to street children in the Philippines. Virlanie cares for children in need of special protection—those who are abandoned, abused, exploited, neglected, orphaned, and among the poorest of the poor.