Giving Back The Smile to Street Children

Our Founder

Dominique Lemay

Dominique Lemay studied Theology in a Catholic university, and Psychology and Sociology in a public university - both in Paris, France. He obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology in 1973, and a Master’s degree in Social Work in 1987.

Dominique first came to the Philippines in October 1987 to conduct research on street children. Touched by their situation Dominique, together with some Filipino social workers, established Virlanie Foundation in June 1992. He also assists the City Government of Manila through the projects and services that Virlanie Foundation provides to the Manila Youth Reception Center and the Reception and Action Center (RAC) of Manila.

The President's Word

I remember that my dear friend Sister Emmanuelle used to say to me: "Dominique, if in the course of one day you smile and are able to make a child, a person, smile, you would have done a good thing. You would have given their life meaning."

Now you know why Virlanie tries to "give back the smile to street children."

The staff members and I work hard every day to ensure that the children in our homes and those in the poorest of the poor communities in Manila will all receive medical, social, psychological, psychiatric, and educational services of the highest quality, and above all of that, receive love.

We are indebted to the donors, sponsors, and volunteers who make our work possible although Virlanie continues to face many challenges. I invite you to explore this site to find out more about us, our actions, and our children. I hope that it will convince you to participate in our mission to give back the smile to the street children of Manila.

Warmest wishes,
Dominique Lemay

Achievements and Awards

  • He was named Chevalier (Knight) in the French Légion d’honneur for his 26 years of work with the street children of the Philippines. (April 2014)
  • Rizal Knight
  • He was chosen by People Asia Magazine as one of the prestigious awardees of "People of the Year.” (2008)
  • He was awarded as one of Ten Outstanding Manileños for his contribution in the field of humanitarian work for the City of Manila. (June 23, 2006)
  • He was awarded the Human Rights Prize from the French Republic for the Foundation's valuable contribution to human rights through its work with disadvantaged children in the Philippines. (December 2001)

Follow Dominique Lemay through his blog

Contact Contact Us

4055 Yague Street, Barangay Singkamas,
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines 1204

Tel: +63 2 895 5260 and +63 2 896 2289
Fax: +63 2 895 5232