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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.  

Street Program

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.

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.

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.

156 children 4 to 14 and their families were served by the WAYS project

44 children got a certified copy of their birth certificate

James, Street Program Beneficiary

James is 10 years old. He resides in Aroma, Tondo. With the help of the mobile unit under the Street program, James was able to read and write now. He is currently enrolled in Amado Elementary School. According to James, “I’m very grateful! I hope Virlanie will help other children like me.”