Will she be trapped in this cycle of living in the streets? She had a baby to think of, and was slowly running out of options.
Thankfully, she met someone from Virlanie Foundation who invited her to a new training center that could train her in acquiring skills which could be income-generating, while simultaneously enabling her child with the necessary facilities to play and study with constant supervision.
Now that she has the opportunity to earn income, Jairah is looking forward to a future where she can stand on her own two feet, for herself and for her baby.
iLead Open Day Center for Education & Training
iLead ODC-ET is a fully-equipped education and training center where street and marginalized mothers and young adults receive skills-training that can enable them to generate income or open livelihood opportunities for themselves and their children. It aims to recruit, train, and support beneficiaries who are committed to making a positive change in their current economic situation.
ILP aims to empower and support the young adults to become self-sustaining and independent individuals.
Under the program’s main activities are efforts to: - Strengthen the young adults’ leadership, professional skills, life skills, and core values; - Educate them on environment conservation and responsibility; - Prepare them to face practical challenges like looking for a place to live, finding a job, and managing one’s budget; and - Monitor the progress of the young adults who are living independently to make sure that they are transitioning well.
Virlanie created a support program called SiBuHi (Sining, Buhay, Hilom - Art, Life, Healing) in 1997 for children to hone and discover a wide array of cultural, artistic, and other recreational activities to build not only their developmental milestones, but also to reinforce the children’s self-esteem and confidence. By introducing the children to these kinds of activities, they can start developing self-discipline, patience, and perseverance. It also gives them a large sense of accomplishment, when they themselves see their progress!
MLC has a team of professional teachers who give children tutorials in Math, English, and other core subjects. The teachers also give additional lessons like Mental Math and computer lessons. Aside from the teachers, local and foreign volunteers also conduct one-on-one tutorial to children who need assistance in coping the academic demands in school.