Give children a family-oriented environment that fosters a sense of belonging, identity, and origin
This pillar works towards realizing these SDGs
Through the residential program, each child is given a new beginning with other children in a caring home.
Because most of the children under our care came from dysfunctional families and have experienced abuse and neglect in the past, the residential program aims at giving them a home where they can feel secured, loved, and taken care of. We consider this as the first step and an essential frame to their future development.
Eight homes are designed according to the psychological development of children and aligned with specific age groups. Each home is small and organized around the rights and needs of the child, in a setting close to a family with a multidisciplinary team composed of house parents, house aunts, cook and laundry personnel. Each home has a registered and licensed social worker, assigned to assess and monitor each child’s situation, and develop the most suitable care plan. This specific feature, which goes beyond the standard of DSWD in terms of social case management, makes the strength and uniqueness of Virlanie’s Residential Pillar. Moreover, Virlanie ensures the holistic development of the children through psychological, health, educational and social integration services implemented by Virlanie Health, Education and Integration Pillars. .
CLUSTER 1: Homes for Babies and Young Children
BABIES & TODDLERS HOME
The Babies and Toddlers Home was created in February 2013 after the Mother & Child Home and the Toddler Home were closed. The children from these homes were transferred to the new Babies and Toddlers Home. This home cares for babies and toddlers who are 0-4 years old, as well as selected children with special needs.
MARCO POLO CARE CENTER
The Marco Polo Care Center is the first home of children aged 4-6 years old when they are admitted to Virlanie. During their stay in the homes, Virlanie’s social workers handle their cases and assess whether they can be reunified with their families. If it is not possible, they will either be put up for adoption or stay in other Virlanie Homes for long-term care.
“Before, I used to live in the streets with my family and had almost nothing to eat. In Virlanie, we have plenty of food.”
TANGLAW & MASAYA HOME
Tanglaw Home was opened in March 1993, followed by Masaya Home in June 1995. These homes care for children aged 7-12 years old. They are the family homes of Virlanie where the children live and grow up with the house parents. All the children in these homes go to school and participate in extra-curricular activities.
CLUSTER 2: Homes for Young Adults
This home was established in April 1993 to care for girls who came from difficult situations such as physical and/or sexual abuse. The young girls under Elizabeth Home undergo the Independent Living Program (ILP) where they are prepared for sustainable life. They are closely monitored by the house parents and social workers to develop their self-esteem and find their place in society.
ELLA YALLAH HOME
Since May 1996, Ella Yallah has been a stable home for children as they study and prepare for an independent adult life. Later on, the home was turned into a home which cares exclusively for teenage boys. These boys also undergo through ILP where they are prepared for an independent life outside Virlanie. They are also closely guided by the house parents and social wokers to develop their self-esteem and find their place in society.
CLUSTER 3: Homes for Children with Special Needs
Aime Home opened in 2006 to accommodate the increasing number of children with special needs being brought to Virlanie. Most of the children in Aime Home came from the Reception and Action Center (RAC) of Manila or referred by other institutions. Some children were also surrendered by their own families because they lack knowledge and reseources to care for these children with special needs.
Initially opened in November 1995 in Makati City, Jade Home was the first Home for children with special needs. However, to respond to the growing number of children with special needs, the home was transferred to Dasmarinas, Cavite (south of Manila) to give way to Aime Home. Jade Home is located in the countryside and offers children an appropriate lifestyle with enough space for therapeutic activities and exercises, as well as gardening.
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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.