Kaibigan, ChildHope and Stairway – Philippines, Southeast Asia
Exploited, abused, neglected and abandoned: for street children of the Philippines every day is a struggle. That’s why the LÉGER FOUNDATION supports three important projects that are helping philipino street children. Your donation helps bring real change to these vulnerable children by paving the way towards a brighter future.
The social inequality that is rampant throughout the Philippines is particularly acute in Manilla where, from amid the squalor of shantytowns, children are often forced to work the streets as peddlers, prostitutes, as members of criminal gangs. It is from within this context that the LÉGER FOUNDATION has partnered with three local organizations that support children and families in Manilla and the Philippines: Childhope Asia, the Kaibigan Ermita Outreach Foundation, and the Stairway Foundation.
Kaibigan’s moto: Together we build communities
The Kaibigan Ermita Outreach Foundation operates primarily in Manilla’s low income district of Ermita, equipping children and their parents with tools to help overcome the many obstacles of poverty. Through educational initiatives as well as sports and artistic programs, Kaibigan helps build the self-confidence of vulnerable children, and also administers support services according to the unique needs of each family.
Helping and protecting children
Childhope operates on the streets of Manilla, where many vulnerable children are not only forced to live but also to work to support themselves and their families. Thanks to Childhope’s many mobile clinics, these children are offered educational activities, medical help, psychosocial and other services. In addition, they also operate a centre for girls, child prostitutes, and victims of sexual abuse.
Healing through the arts
Stairway is a leader in child protection in the Philippines, providing services that range from workshops for children, police, municipal administrators, and social services workers, to theater art programs that promote awareness and offer young victims of abuse a creative outlet for healing. Other initiatives include Stairway’s unique rehabilitation program geared towards male victims of abuse age 10 to 14 years, special school outreach programs to help teachers identify and assist child victims through the use of child-friendly videos and teacher training, as well as a project to ensure safe and welcoming environments for children at police stations and protection units. What’s more, Stairway is also the force behind Break The Silence, a national campaign against child abuse that has spread beyond the Philippine border to countries as far away as Nepal. These ground-breaking initiatives are possible in large part thanks the financial support of the LÉGER FOUNDATION.
This article is from the fall 2016 edition of theLÉGER FOUNDATION IN THE WORLD newsletter. To read the full version of the newsletter and discover all the documents published by the LÉGER FOUNDATION this year, visit the Publications section of our website.