Highlighting Childhope’s Continuous Advocacy with the International Day of Children in Street Situations

Children living on the streets are among the most vulnerable members of society, facing numerous challenges such as poverty, abuse, and neglect. The International Day of Children in Street Situations (CiSS), celebrated annually on April 12th, aims to raise awareness about the plight of these children and advocate for their rights and well-being. This day serves as a reminder of the urgent need to support and protect children in street situations worldwide.

In line with this, Childhope Philippines had the privilege of hosting 8 representatives from the Pasig City Social Welfare Department and 25 officers and members of Pasig SK Pederasyon last April 11 and 12. On this two-day training event held at Bayview Park Hotel Manila, the attendees participated in Childhope’s Street Education and Protection (STEP) Program Training Series 1: KalyEskwela Operations.

What is International Day of Children in Street Situations?

Observed every April 12 of the year, the International Day of Children in Street Situations (CiSS) is dedicated to raising awareness about the conditions and challenges faced by children living on the streets and to advocate for their rights. The children in street situations (CISS) include those for whom the street has become their home and their source of livelihood, and who are inadequately protected or supervised.

The origins of this day can be traced back to efforts by various international organizations as well as non-government organizations (NGOs) that recognized the growing issue of children living on the streets. These children are often subjected to extreme poverty, exploitation, and violence, making it essential to highlight their plight and push for stronger protective measures.

Ultimately, the International Day of Children in Street Situations aims to advocate for the rights of children in street situations, including the right to education, healthcare, protection from harm, and the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives. It calls on governments, civil society, and individuals to take action to support these children and ensure their rights are respected and fulfilled.

children supporting a tarpaulin on International Day for Street Children in Street Situations

Childhope Hosts Pasig City Social Welfare Department and Pasig SK Pederasyon

During the training event, Childhope hosted 8 representatives from the Pasig City Social Welfare Department (CSWD – Pasig), led by Ms. Evangeline Mallari, RSW, and 25 officers and members of Pasig SK Pederasyon. Taking part in Childhope’s STEP Program Training Series 1: KalyEskwela Operations; the attendees aim to use Childhope as their benchmark for their mobile education on wheels project, which they aim to implement in 30 barangays to support children in their education.

The training program saw the eager enthusiasm and active engagement of the 25 SK Kagawad members who learned about Childhope’s project and actively participated in the workshops facilitated by Executive Director Dr. Herbert Carpio, Asst. ED Ms. Helen Quinto, Program Manager Mr. Armavin Balza, and Asst. Program Manager Mr. Elton Adan, together with the guest resource speaker and former Childhope Program Manager, Ms. Lorna Salen.

The second day of the event, held on April 12th, featured the SK Kagawad members showcasing their learning by drafting session designs. In the morning, three groups presented their ideas. Later in the afternoon, all groups had the opportunity to visit areas where Childhope operates, (Lawton, Ferguson Plaza, and Luneta). They experienced KalyEskwela sessions firsthand and interacted with beneficiaries.

Following an exchange of experiences regarding observations and encountered challenges, along with strategies to overcome them, certificates of attendance were awarded to all participants.

Support Efforts to Advocate for Children’s Well-Being

Once again, Childhope Philippines extends its gratitude to CSWD – Pasig for their trust and confidence in the organization and for providing us with the opportunity to share our expertise concerning the Street Education Program. You can lend a hand in advocating for children’s welfare. By volunteering for our causes or by giving donations, your contribution will make a difference in the lives of these underprivileged individuals. You may contact us today or visit our Facebook page for more program updates.

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