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.
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THE OPEN DAY CENTER IN BACOLOD
The Open Day Center (ODC) offers various social, health services and basic education services (formal and alternative); and foster skills development for the most vulnerable children and youth of Bacolod City in order to support them towards an autonomous life.
Activities are implemented in close collaboration with other public and private stakeholders working within the child protection sector.
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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 4 to 14 and their families were served by the WAYS project
children got a certified copy of their birth certificate
Data from 2018. For more statistics, click to view Virlanie’s 2018 Annual Reports
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Kurt is a 24-year-old boy who grew up with his single mother in Bacolod City. When he finished high school, his mother left the house and never returned. After that, his life gradually got worse. Every day, he lived from about 80 PHP that he gained from backing up cars and asking for money. He used to sleep under the roof of a fast food chain. At times, he committed crimes and was exposed to drugs.
Last year, he was referred to Virlanie ODC Center where he received psychological, medical and educational support while being followed up by a social worker. He was then enrolled in the ODC’s Independent Living Program through which he took part in different activities such as tutorial classes, painting and capoeira. After his placement at a manufacturer of delicacies in November and further job skills training, Virlanie referred him to a local partner corporation: Tumandok Craft Industries, a social enterprise of Philippine handicrafts based in Bago City. He now earns a salary by making high-quality houseware pieces and gift items out of indigenous raw material. Thanks to ODC’s support, he was able to come out of the streets, have an accommodation and embark on a new beginning.
“I know that I was searching for a replacement for my mother. Here at the ODC I now have many loving mothers. Through Virlanie, I was able to be employed at a handicrafts company. I am very grateful that Virlanie gave me this opportunity.”
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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.