Education Pillar

Promote inclusive education so all children and youth are equipped to become the best person they can be

This pillar works towards realizing these SDGs

Most of Virlanie beneficiaries have educational delays because prior to their admission at Virlanie, they didn’t have access to school, or they dropped out and/or they lacked proper guidance – resulting in lack of self-confidence and social exclusion.  The Education Pillar aims at equipping every child from residential, street, and community programs with education and positive values so they can become the best person they can be.

It is designed to be as inclusive as possible, offering tailor-fit education services to all children (from the residential pro­gram, from the streets, with special needs) from 3 to 18 years old and encompassing both formal and informal ed­ucation.


The Magellan Learning Center (MLC) aims at giving our children equal opportunities to succeed in school, balancing learning delays, and lack of self-confidence our children often face when they integrate into the formal school system.


children and youth regularly attended tutorial classes at MLC


children and youth who graduated for the school year 2017-2018

Data from 2018. For more statistics, click to view Virlanie’s 2018 Annual Reports


The Special Education (SPED) and Rehabilitation Program aims to improve cognitive and occupational abilities of children and youth with special needs and develop their sense of responsibility. The program has specialists: Licensed Special Education Teachers and Occupational Therapists.

” I feel happy because they teach us how to read books, abakada (alphabet), counting 1 to 100. Also, we were taught self-care such as house cleaning, doing laundry. “

Arlyn, 25,

a beneficiary of the Special Education Program

Featuring Virlanie Voices

Created in 2004, the Virlanie Voices is composed of children and young adults from Virlanie Homes and assisted urban poor communities.

This gifted group of talented children already had the chance to go on four European tours in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2018 that turned our young choirsters into the best possible international ambassadors of the Foundation.


Arts & Craft – 29

Choir – 48

Soccer – 17


Theatre- 16

Basketball – 21

Guitar – 12

Painting – 15


Piano – 41

The difficult backgrounds of our children often result in their lack of self-esteem or psychological drawbacks. The regular practice of artistic activities or sports can be an opportunity for them to unleash their talents, self-expression, and healing.

As part of the holistic education we aim to provide to our children, the SiBuHi (Sining, Buhay, Hilom: “art, life, healing”) Center gives our children access to various recreational activities such as visual arts (painting, and arts and crafts), performing arts (choir) and sports (badminton, swimming, and soccer).

Data from 2018. For more statistics, click to view Virlanie’s 2018 Annual Reports

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Virlanie Foundation

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.




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