About Streetlight & Kanlungan
The Philippines is rapidly developing but with areas of extreme poverty, including in the capital city Manila.
Children in the Philippines face huge challenges. According to a recent UNICEF report, over 30 percent live below the basic needs poverty line. 33 percent have stunted growth because of malnutrition. Almost three million children are out of school and a staggering eight in ten children experience some form of violence, including physical, psychological, sexual or on-line abuse. Children who are driven by poverty to live or work on the streets are especially vulnerable.
Streetlight raises money to support Kanlungan-Sa-ErMa, a Philippine organisation that works with these vulnerable children. Kanlungan means refuge and that is what it has been for thousands of children since it was founded in 1988.
Kanlungan is run by a dedicated, faith-filled, visionary team. Over the last 30 years many new and exciting projects have developed. But one thing has remained constant: a desire to show God’s love to the children and to help them fulfil their God-given potential.
Basic schooling, health education, first aid and community development projects for street children and families. Creating safer communities for children is all part of the work of the street education teams.
Short Term Residential Centre
Located in Malate, the old red light district of Manila, at this oasis, children find a home, can start recovering from trauma and begin more formal education.
Residential Care & Training Centres
One for girls in Laguna Province just south of Manila and one for boys on Kanulngan’s own coffee farm.
Here children live in an extended family environment, receive skills training and go to the local schools.
After Care Programme
This team helps reunite children with their families where that is possible. Young people are also supported through further education, university and transitioning into independent living.
These include the Coffee Farm in Cavite Province south of Manila and a Coffee Shop in the heart of the city.