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The Philippines - Davao City

Balay Pasilungan (BaPas) - A Shelter for Street Boys

Background


The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released a report in March 2016 giving the country’s official poverty statistics.  Of a total population of approximately 100.7 million, it estimates more than 26 million Filipinos remain poor of which more than 12 million, living in extreme poverty, lack the means to feed themselves.  

 

 

A consequence of widespread poverty is that many children do not have a safe place to call home that provides them with sufficient food, education, health care and caring adults that can responsibly mentor them.  While it is almost impossible to get accurate numbers of street children, various estimates of the numbers in the Mindanao region vary from tens of thousands to in excess of 100,000.  

 

These homeless children face many problems:

  • manipulation by criminal gangs,

  • exposure to sexual exploitation and prostitution,

  • serious health issues HIV/AIDS and STDs,

  • exposure to drugs,

  • chronic hunger,

  • lack of access to clean water and safe sanitary conditions,

  • child trafficking,

  • child labour.
     

 

The Project
 

 

Balay Pasilungan - A Shelter for Street Boys – The Balay Pasilungan Foundation established a shelter to address the plight of street boys in Davao City. The Marist Fathers District of Asia operates and manages this project on behalf of the Foundation.  It provides: 

 

  • Shelter for approximately 30 street underprivileged boys aged between 5-15, who have been orphaned from disasters, abandoned as a consequence of poverty and/or are homeless and vulnerable.  This program provides full care, meals and accommodation.  The children attend State Schools during the day. 

  • An Independent Living program for youths in the 16-18 age group which is designed to help graduates of Balay Pasilungan (15 years old above) transition out of the foster care of Balay Pasilungan.  Residential Care Program.  It provides help to young people to become self-sufficient, live independently and prepare them for job employment and full inclusion into the mainstream society. 

  • A philosophy of independent living, including a peer-support, self-help and self- determination. 

  • Services that include life skills training, counselling, recollections and retreats and financial, educational and social support. 


What Is Lenity Australia’s Involvement?
 

Lenity Australia has committed to be a significant financial supporter of this project to ensure the provision of care and accommodation for three years.