WHAT WE DO
The primary objective of the organization is to reduce the number of street children and prevent their proliferation. Our first priority is always to get them established in a safer environment – whether that means reuniting them with their families, placing them in an institution that will look after them or encouraging them to continue with their studies so that they can break the cycle of living on the streets.
Childhope aims to empower street children and their families, and to help them to gain access to a more developmental and productive future. Its banner program, The Street Education and Protection Program (STEP) believes in “education without borders”, where the Alternative Education sessions seek to make a difference in the lives of street children by giving them the opportunities for holistic development as well as the ability to learn to read and write. It provides for basic and urgent needs to support and ensure the continuous and holistic learning and development which include psychosocial interventions, medical and health services, paralegal assistance and skills training among street children. Childhope assists them to develop the values they need so they can grow up to become caring, confident, responsible, and resilient members of society.
Childhope also has the widest scope of program areas in terms of geographical reach as it covers 15 areas in 6 cities of Metro Manila, and reaches out to about 1,000 to 1,200 street children every year. Since its inception in 1995 up to the present, Childhope has already assisted about 10,500 street children.
In 2001, Childhope was awarded for Best Practice in Social Work and Social Service by CSA Social Services Abstracts and Social Services Infonet. Through the Street Education Program, Childhope aims to enable the street children to protect themselves on and off the streets, empower them to claim their rights and carry out their responsibilities, prepare them for independent living and reintegration back to society, or if feasible, reunite them with their families and/or relatives. Childhope prioritizes completely abandoned and neglected street children who live alone on the streets.