Summary of Acivities
Formal and informal education in prisons and slum areas
House for Youth- provides residential care, education, and vocational training
Vocational training (computer, sewing).
Why the Philippines?
Due to the economic crisis in the Philippines from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s, many people are below the rural and urban poverty line. The rapid spread of urban slums, increases the gap between the rich and the poor. TheThesckcjvdTTTchronic shortage of jobs and the stress of being exposed to such a harsh environment is often directed at youth through violence, abuse, or neglect (abandonment of a child).
Out of a population of 92 million, there may be as many as 1.8 million street children, ovr half of which live in Manila. KnK established a House for Youth in Manila in November 2001.? In December 2003 we began support for incarcerated minors in Malabon and youth centers in two slum areas of Manila to conduct educational services. We began disaster relief for children affected by the typhoon September of 2009.
House for Youth
The House for Youth in Manila provides residents with psychological care, education, training, and extracurricular activities. The program provides counseling for each child and works diligently to reunite children with their families each year. Much of the residential care focuses on the problems malnutrition creates for children.
The house also has a Peer Educator program. Peer Educators are previous beneficiaries who return to help counsel new residents. It is extremely good for creating relationships and boosting the adolescents’ confidence that they can make a difference for someone else.
Junjun, a former House for youth resident and current Peer Educator, knows too well the conditions on the street. His father was killed when he was only three and his mother left him with his grandparents. At the age of seven, Junjun started smoking marijuana, and he was imprisoned twice for living on the street. KnK slowly helped turn his life around and now he leads other residents in counseling activities.
Workshops are held monthly for skill training such as computer skills and sewing. June 2010 saw an average of 30 participants in the workshops offered. KnK also offers sporadic workshops on fund management and microfinance.
Assistance in Slum Areas
KnK operates Alternative Learning System (ALS) activities in the two slum areas of Quezon City and Bagonshiran Payatasu Kararookan North City. Bagonshiran is a poor are with a very high crime rate. Payatasu or "Smoky" Mountain District is also known for child labor in garbage and trash heaps due to low family income. KnK Children Center offers educational opportunities to children in these locations who can not go to school.At the same time, we have educational programs that foster leadership and cooperation through volunteer activities. In addition, KnK provides educational opportunities for parents on child and teenage behavior and needs to help reduce dependency on child labor through awareness.