An Integrated Development Program for Streetchildren.
A comprehensive program which utilizes community outreach, street-based and center-based strategies comprising protection, prevention, development, treatment and rehabilitation, employing an interdisciplinary team of Sisters, Social Workers, Educators, part time Psychologists, Psychiatrist and LVF volunteers. It is a multi-stage program comprised of:
Street and Community Outreach
The foundation reaches out to children in depressed communities in Metro Manila who are not currently served by the Laura Vicuna Centers or the Salesian Sisters through weekly streetcamps.
The program is implemented by LVF volunteers.
For the year 2002 to 2003, they serve 200 street and urban poor children from the Pasay-Malibay area for an afternoon of spiritual and values formation, sports, recreational and cultural activities, food and nutrition and occasional medical clinics.
Drop In Centers
LVF Drop-in centers are located in Sta. Mesa and Tondo, Manila
A place where any street child is welcomed to seek respite from his/her daily activities.
Serves more than 230 street children (male and female, aged 6-18), who ply the streets but have homes to go back to at night.
Provides these services:
Medical health services
Leisure and socialization activities
Catechesis, spiritual and values formation sessions for growth and development
Children are helped to be re-integrated in school; educational assistance
Case management, home visitation, counseling, referrals, networking and linkages
Drop In Center
The Laura Vicuña Center in Cubao houses 30 street girls who may be orphaned, neglected, abandoned, battered, morally endangered and sexually abused.
It aims to establish a family-like environment to give the girls a chance to grow up and transform in a wholesome home life.
24-hour residential care and treatment for homeless streetchildren and sexually abused girls aged 7-18 years old.
Regular schooling in public and private schools, organized homelife activities, training in specialized skills such as baking and handicrafts, spiritual and values formation sessions.
Health and nutrition, psychological, psychiatric services and intensive case management
It advocates for the reunification of the family and renders services in home visitation, family counseling and dialogue.
In cases when it is not possible for the girls to return home because abusers are members of the family, they will go to train at the Technology Center while they are placed in a Group Home.
Training or Technology Center
LVF operates two centers which offer technical/vocational courses to allow streetchildren and working minors to learn employable skills enabling them to earn a living.
Laura Vicuña Technology Center, Sta. Mesa, Manila
Caters to urban poor and rehabilitated LVF cases
Offers courses in:
Business and Office Technology (Two Years)
Electronics Technology (One or Two Years)
Requirements for Admission:
High School Report Card / Transcript of Records and Diploma
Birth and Baptismal Certificates (Original and Photocopy)
Three pieces 1" x 1" ID pictures
Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center, Victorias City, Negros Occidental
Located in the LVF Community Development Resource and Training Center in the heart of the Philippine sugarlandia, the training center serves working women, youth and children in the sugarcane plantations.
Offers courses in:
- Data Encoding (Two Years)
- Food Trade (One Year)
- Garments Trade (One Year)
Requirements for Admission:
High School Report Card / Form 137
Certificate of Good Moral Character
One piece 2" x 2" ID picture
Is a small rented apartment in Sta. Mesa where abused and exploited young girls who have undergone treatment, healing and recovery at the residential facility in Cubao are being mainstreamed in normal community living.
Is self-managed by the girls themselves. They are responsible in attending to their needs, group living activities and expenses like a normal family home while they are studying at the Technology Center or taking a university course.
A social worker visits them once a week and a neighbor who has been trained by LVF renders support whenever needs arise.
LINK (Launching to Industries Networking and Kick-off)
The final stage of the Journey of Hope
Provides employment and assistance to trainees who have completed the technical/vocational courses in the training center.
Maintains networking and linkages with various business companies.
Links graduates to prospective jobs through referrals and recommendations.
Arranges for seminars and trainings, which will prepare trainees for job placement.
Renders pre-employment assistance and counseling.