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.
It reaches out to three urban poor communities of Metro-Manila: Barangay Bagong Silangan (Quezon City), Quiapo and Parola (Manila) where it leads community-based interventions including community counseling, livelihood and professional trainings, income-generating projects and sponsoring of children’s education. It provides integrated services from its core interventions: 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…).
BAGONG SILANGAN COMMUNITY PROGRAM
Since 2010, Virlanie has been providing community-based interventions in the Bagong Silangan Community within the previously called Family Program. Various community projects have been implemented by community members with Virlanie’s support in terms of facilitation and organization. Among others are a community savings and emergency fund, a rice retailing enterprise and a home-based mini bakery. Since 2017, mothers and young adults have been offered vocational trainings in the ODC-ET. In 2018, community-based baking and beauty care trainings have been conducted. After the closure of ODC-ET in 2019, sewing machines and baking equipments were transferred to Bagong Silangan for livelihood trainings and community production purposes.
From 2007 to 2015, the Open Day Center has been offering day-care services to Quiapo’s street families allowing them to have a safe place to stay during day time, to cook, eat, wash and laundry. In 2015, the ODC became a training center (ODC-ET) providing vocational and livelihood trainings in cooking, baking, sewing and beauty-care to street mothers and young adults. While mothers were being trained, their children were also taken care of and received educational support. Since the closure of the ODC-ET in 2019, Virlanie is still active in the Quiapo community, providing integrated community-based services in Quiapo through its Community Program.
” 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 “
PAROLA COMMUNITY PROGRAM
Parola Community Program is Community Pillar’s newest program. Launched in March 2019 in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU), it is already providing family case management and community organizing activities. Later on, it will also be reinforced through providing need-based livelihood skills training, educational and health services assistance, sponsoring of children’s education and other community empowerment activities.
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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.