Virlanie reaches out to children and families in the streets through its various Outreach Programs. There are also programs for the poorest of the poor communities in Metro Manila and the provinces. These programs provide health care, education, housing assistance, and other basic services.
Since October 2006, this street-based education and health program has been operating in Divisoria, one of the poorest and underdeveloped areas in Manila. It promotes the social integration of street children by reaching out to them in the streets and providing them with complete support for education, health and nutrition.
Mobile Unit provides the following services:
Non-formal education. Through a mobile school employing creative teaching methods, the unit provides books and activities aimed at promoting functional literacy, as well as developmental activities such as sports, and alternative educational sessions on children's rights and responsibilities, health education, and personal safety.
Educational assistance is given to the children in the form of scholarships and school allowances.
Medical services ((dental care, medical check-ups, first-aid treatment, etc.) and nutritional services (food and vitamin supplementation) are provided to the children.
Psychosocial and social assistance This is given through family visits, encouraging family reunification, providing legal services and placement in relevant institutions, together with providing services to empower disadvantaged women by instilling marketable skills and teaching effective parenting and family planning.
ILEAD OPEN DAY CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING (iLead ODC-ET)
The iLead ODC-ET (Open Day Center for Education and Training) offers support to mothers and young adults from the streets, along with their young children. Recently inaugurated in July 2015, the iLead ODC-ET in Quiapo, Manila gives access to training that could empower them so they can improve their lives.
The center is fully equipped with tools and resources to support its beneficiaries as they receive training and education and eventually, access to sustainable job and livelihood opportunities. They can also be part of various income generating projects and directly receive earnings and benefits from these.
Ultimately, this program aims to help the mothers and young adults by offering opportunities that will help them become independent, live dignified lives, and give their children better lives.
Beneficiaries in 2013: 189 children and adults
The beneficiaries of the Balik Probinsiya Program are migrants from different rural towns who came to live in Manila to earn a living. Due to the high level of unemployment associated with the lack of education and skills, most of these families are forced to live on the streets.
Virlanie Foundation offers them financial support so they could earn a living and help them go back to their province—by providing them, for instance, with fishing boats, sari-sari stores (small stores), carabao (water buffalo), or tricycles.
A social worker is constantly in touch with families—before and after the move to the province—to evaluate the possibilities of subsistence and to help them build the project.
Beneficiaries in 2013: 37 families
Since the creation of the foundation in 1992, Virlanie had assisted 5 of the poorest communities in Manila to develop ways of subsistence, finance the education of the children, and provide basic social services. Some of the families helped by this program also benefited from the Balik Probinsya Program. After their relocation to the province or to more decent areas within the capital, Virlanie continued to monitor the families and sponsor their children.
Beneficiaries in 2012: 172 families