CHILDHOPE ASIA PHILIPPINES, INC. (CHAP)
An International Movement on Behalf of Street Children
1210 Peñafrancia St., Paco
Contact person: Mylene Lagman
- Aid organization
- Social policy/disabled persons
- Educational policy/project
CHILDHOPE, founded in 1986, is an international, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization whose principal purpose is to advocate for the cause of street children throughout the world. It works toward the liberation of the child from the suffering caused by working and living on the street.
In different countries, there are various alternatives for street children but these initiatives are limited. The role of CHILDHOPE is to act as a facilitator among the different organizations and bring them together and work with them in defending the rights of the street children.
CHILDHOPE Regional Office for Asia was established 1989. CHILDHOPE was recognized as the organization that will initiate networking and collaboration among the different agencies working for street children in the Southeast Asian region. In 1991, it started to respond to requests for information and technical assistance from South Asia. In 1995, CHILDHOPE officially became CHILDHOPE ASIA PHILIPPINES, Inc.
Functions of CHILDHOPE ASIA PHILIPPINES
• Research: Facilitating and/or conducting research (e.g. situation analysis/ case studies, evaluation on street children.
• Advocacy: Advocacy concerning the plight of street children who work and live on city streets.
• Training: Conducting regional and country level workshops, training seminars and field study visits among staff and volunteers of street children programs.
• Network: Establishing a global network, an opportunity for programs which work with street children to communicate among themselves and gain access to information, technical assistance and other resources.
• Databank: Developing a databank of information on street children.
• Technical & Financial Assistance: Coordinating and facilitating technical and financial assistance to projects working with street children or on preventive initiatives with their families and community.
Programs and projects
• Education on the Streets: The main focus on the program is to provide alternative education opportunities and psychosocial support for street children. These include value clarification, basic literacy and numeracy, para-legal education, educational assistance, and non-formal education, sports and recreation, and health education and counseling.
• Community Mobilization against Child Prostitution (Pasay and Caloocan Project): This project was initiated to reduce the incidence of child prostitution. The project components are Advocacy, Prevention, Protection, Capability Building and Care and Rehabilitation.
• The Tahanan Sta. Luisa Welcome (Drop-in) Shelter: The Centers goal is to rehabilitate, ensure and sustain the integration of young street girls below 18 years, and girls who have been sexually abused or prostituted with their families, if feasible, and to society in general. In the Center, the girls are assisted in developing positive values, enhancing in them their feelings of self-respect and self-esteem, so each child can come to a better understanding of herself and her experience.
Mylene Lagman is the Resource Mobilization Officer of CHILDHOPE ASIA PHILIPPINES, Inc..
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.