Empower children, youth and families to come out of the streets
This pillar works towards realizing these SDGs
Virlanie’s action and history starts in the streets where we put our efforts in protecting and educating the most vulnerable children, youth and families in order to include them to the society and eradicate intergenerational poverty.
In the Philippines, 31.4% of the children live below the poverty line. Some 246,000 children in street situation are believed to be roaming around the streets of major urban centers. These children and youth are likely to drop out early from school and to get engaged in high risk activities.
The Mobile Unit and the Open Day Center provide them with social and health care, educational services, administrative, and legal support. Fulfilling the basic needs and rights of the most marginalized populations is the first step and essential frame of their future inclusion to society.
THE OPEN DAY CENTER IN BACOLOD
Activities are implemented in close collaboration with other public and private stakeholders working within the child protection sector.
THE MOBILE UNIT
The Mobile Unit (MU), our street-based education program, promotes inclusion of street children and families through education. The WAYS (Walk your way to school) project prepares children to enter, resume or pursue formal or informal schooling or Alternative Learning System through primary education, administrative support and educational assistance. Children, youth and families are also given access to their basic rights such as healthcare, food, water and shelter. The MU supports street families and youth to become economically self-sufficient through iLead ODC-ET vocational training and socially functioning through children, youth and family case management.
children were enrolled in formal school for the school year 2017-2018
children got a certified copy of their birth certificate
Data from 2017. For more statistics, click to view Virlanie’s 2017 Annual Reports
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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.