Currently , the Philippines have a projected 85.2 million population. The youth comprises more than 40% of the total population. Of this, 21% are enrolled in high school, tertiary and vocational schools, 22% are young peasants, 21% are contractual young workers in the urban areas, 36% are unemployed and out of school and 4% are working students. Aside from low educational attainment, unemployment and exclusion of young people with special needs, this segment of society is also the most vulnerable to suicide, self-inflecting behaviour, early pregnancy and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). In the context of Virlanie, the issues faced by the young people are limited job opportunities particularly for those with low educational attainment and young people with special needs. Furthermore, these young people are survivors of abuse, abandonment and neglect who long for affection and have a tendency to experience mental health issues, which result in engaging in unhealthy relationships, a decline in interest in education and teenage pregnancy.
The Virlanie Foundation (Virlanie) was established in 1992 by the French social worker Dominique Lemay. In 2017, Virlanie established its strategic priorities for the following 5 years along seven pillars: Street, Community, Residential, Health & Psychosocial, Education, Integration and Advocacy. Its aim is to reach out to the most in need children to accompany them in rebuilding their life with their family or through Virlanie when no family can be found. The 1st to 6th Pillars is are the journey that brings the children/youth to build their confidence and ability to live healthy independent lives; the 7th Pillar - Advocacy - will enable them to carry their beliefs, know-how and experience to other regions to help more children lead better lives.
EMpower’s 4th grant to Virlaine will enable the partner to continue implementing their Integrated Living Programme (ILP) which combines life skills and job readiness skills development for young people to build their skills to live independently. The proposed grant is for 2 years to support Virlaine to mainstream their ‘Integration Pillar’ in this programme. 71 youth, young women and man, will be part of the programme. In addition, Virlanie plans to register The Rising Youth (TRY), Virlaine’s youth incubating organisation, nationally and build the strength of 27 core members to lead organisationit. 20 Virlaine staff will also be trained and supported in using newly developed monitoring and evaluation tools.
Primary Location: Manila, Philippines
Funded Since: 2017
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