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April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. In 2015, a national study commissioned by the Philippine government and supported by UNICEF found that about one in five children aged 13 to 17 has experienced sexual violence.
The Virlanie Foundation is committed to its young people, not only by providing for their physical needs, but also by giving them the keys to their development. To this end, numerous training sessions are offered to the children throughout the year.
The latest event started on the 18th of April and lasted three days in Batangas. It allowed young people from Ella Yalah, Elizabeth and two girls from the independent living program to come together and share a friendly time around a swimming pool, while having good food and of course karaoke.
The days were punctuated by an intense program, combining physical activities in the morning, but also trainings on the topic of sexual abuse, incest and their effects.
The first part of the program, led by the leaders of The Rising Youth, aimed to create an environment of trust around a fun and engaging discussion, where they were able to raise awareness of Children’s Rights among their peers. (Child protection program in the Philippines)
The teenagers were then shown a short film, entitled “Daughter”, which focuses on the issue of incest, incestuous sexual abuse and its effects on the victims.
The young people were then divided into three groups, according to their age: Young adults, Younger children and Children with special needs. Each workshop was adapted to the age of the kids so that they could effectively grasp the concept of abuse prevention and better understand the topics discussed. The animators used different teaching methods, such as open discussion, supported by visual and kinesthetic aids, which encouraged the beneficiaries to get involved and participate.
After spending two days listening and taking note of the different topics, the young people had the opportunity to express in their own words what they had learned from their trainings. The different groups presented scenarios showing situations of aggression and how to react to them.
Virlanie remains above all a large family that seeks the well-being of the children. It is in this spirit that on the last day, just before leaving, a small friendly competition was held, in which the Elizabeth house girls and their house mums participated. The program included blind tests, obstacle courses, sports and memory tests.
The three days in Batangas ended in good spirits and with a head full of new information.
Thus, with the help and advice of our social workers and our psychologist, the participants were able to learn during these three days: the signs of abuse, the types, how to prevent child sexual abuse, the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and how to manage boundaries.
To know more information about our young adults, visit Virlanie Foundation’s residential program.