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PROJECT PROPOSAL

Project Title: Mainstreaming Abused Children, Street Kids


and their Families in Pangasinan

Project Type: Social Development Project

Project Site: Pangasinan

Number of Target Beneficiaries: 50 Street Children (in-house),


100 Parents,
50 out-of-school youth
50 Mothers
200 Poor Families

Estimated Project Cost: P 2,282,000.00

Requested Project Cost: P 1,817,000.00

Proponent Counterpart: P 465,000.00

Proponent Name: The Kalinga ng Ama Shelter for Children

Address: #7 Beverly Hills, Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City

Tel. No. (075) 515-3710

Number of Members: 29 (9 Board of Directors) and 20 Staff

Key Leader: Ptr. Rolando E. Santiago

Major Services Offered: Residential Care and Nurture, Psycho-social


Development, Treatment, Spiritual Growth and
Education for Street Children

Previous Donors: 1. Christ Our life Ministries International


2. Kalihi Union Church, Hawaii
3. Mark Charles, Across Borders, USA
4. Ptr. Bernie Knutsen, New York
5. Phil. Childrens Fund of America
6. Pledges from Individual Donors
7. Pledges from Various Churches

Financial Position: P500,000.00


II. Project Description

Rationale of the Project:

Child abuse is a growing concern all over the world. Over a 7-year period, from
1986-1993, the estimated number of abused or neglected children rose up from 931,000
to 1,553,800 (Deacon Joseph-Internet Material). In the Philippines, particularly in
Region I, the estimated average number of reported child abuse cases at the Department
of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in 1998 was 219 and has been dramatically
increasing each year. In Dagupan City alone for the year 2002, there had been 123
reported cases at the DSWD. These are only the reported statistics, which may only
reflect the tip of the iceberg. What is more alarming is the bulk of unreported cases of
suffering children untouched by the Gospel.

The moral fiber of the children is alarming. Some of them sleep in groups, and all
of them have been exposed to indecency and immorality from their parents and the older
people they associate with, sex among them is casual at a very young age. Most of the
young girls have been sexually molested by their peers, others indulge in it, while other
are raped by the older children. Many of the children are forced to take solvent or rugby
to dull the pains of hunger because one plastic bag of rugby, when inhaled would cause
the child not to eat for the whole day. In most cases, the children get their food from the
garbage bags of Jollibee and McDonalds or they steal to get money for food. Thus, they
are malnourished and infested with worms. They steal clothes from stores and their night
life extends to 4:00 oclock in the morning. Many of the village children are the silent
victims of abuse.

In the region, there are no Christian organizations that are actively involved in
providing a long term solution to this grave social problem, especially in the province of
Pangasinan, and even within the whole area of Region I. The Christ Our Life Ministries
through its social outreach organization, the Kalinga ng Ama Shelter for Children
supports the Street Children rehabilitation not only in Pangasinan, but in various parts of
the Philippines like the Ilocos, Manila and Cebu . Most of the young people the Kalinga
Shelter have counseled over the years had been victims of molestation or incest during
their childhood years but defenseless and vulnerable as they were, they suffered in silent
pain. Thus, the community based projects designed for parents and adults as well is to
bring the Gospel of Salvation to them. Poverty is the major cause of child neglect and
abuse and there are cases where the child has to be separated from his/her family for
his/her benefit. The Kalinga Shelter provides an alternative home for the child who has
to be separated from his/her family for a while so he/she can be helped.

There is a great NEED to strengthen the Christian witness by pioneering projects


such as this to meet the growing needs of the destitute in order to make the Gospel
relevant to the least of our brethren.

Mainstreaming of the Street Children is therefore timely to ensure permanent


change in the lives of the children. The DSWD admitted also that they need partners in
the rehabilitation of the street children because the Department does not specialize in this
aspect and they are not able to give any permanent solution to the child-related cases they
are handling. They really need a partner like the Kalinga ng Ama Shelter for Children, an
institution that is dedicated to the care, nurture of street children on a long-term basis by
providing care and nurture, discipleship, psycho-social development, therapeutic services,
education, child evangelism and spiritual growth services so that these street kids can
live normally like any other children do.

Vision and Mission of the Kalinga ng Ama Shelter for Children

The Shelters vision is to provide an alternative home for homeless children and
distressed individuals where they can grow spiritually, mentally, socially and physically
in order to obtain a secure future and improved ability to succeed with faith in Gods
Word as their foundation.

Its Mission is to provide essential services to children 3-18 years of age in distress
or in need of care, supervision, counseling and shelter, drop-in or residential in a
Christian environment and to aid and assist children who are destitute, homeless,
abandoned or otherwise in need, to become God-loving, wholesome and productive
citizen of our country.

Clientele

The Shelter is not restricted to serve the needs of children but its scope of
operation involves ministering to other beneficiaries like the following:

a, Orphans (motherless, fatherless, or both)


b. Abused children (Physically abused, sexually abused, victims of child neglect
or victims of child labor)
c. Street children (Run-away or those who have homes within the area)
d. Distressed/Separated from Family/Abandoned
e. Extremely Poor
f. Out-of-school Youth
g. Abused/exploited young women
h. Older Persons
i. Distressed/displaced individuals, groups or families
j. Depressed communities
k. Former drug dependents seeking further rehabilitation
l. Emotionally Disturbed

For purposes of this proposal, the needs of the street children is given top priority.

Goals and Objectives

The following are the goals and objectives of the project:


1. To provide counseling to the children from the feeling of trauma that the
environment has brought upon them and a protective custody for children from
perpetrators of child abuse such as parents, guardian, non-parents, and from hazardous
living conditions endangering their security and dignity as human beings worthy of love
and respect;

2. To provide transitional care, shelter, food, clothing, and accommodation for


orphans ands those abandoned by their family, in order to introduce and nurture them into
a secure environment founded on Christian principles and modes of upbringing;

3. To provide temporary care for problem children who are in need of character
development and values formation training;

4. To provide community services for the prevention of child abuse, drug abuse,
and juvenile delinquency through various programs and advocacy movements in schools
and barangays;

5. To provide parenting and family development services, counseling, and


seminars as well as values-formation courses for the purpose of diminishing incidence of
abuse and neglect;

6. To provide adequate training, practices and alternative learning systems at an


early age so that the children are able to sustain themselves when they reach the age of
18;

7. To provide child care services like medical/dental and healthcare services to


residential children, street children and poor children;

8. To extend residential care services to distress adults with similar needs on a


case-to-case basis;

9. To provide an atmosphere of a Christian environment in order to inculcate love


and discipline as a way of life in order to raise up Godly and productive citizens;

10. To develop livelihood programs and income-generating projects in order to


sustain the operations of the Shelter.

Strategies

In order to attain the goals and objectives indicated above, the following strategies
are identified to make the goals a reality:

1. Monthly Feeding Program at the Shelter. On a regular monthly basis, a


children feeding program will be held at the shelter. Fifty to 150 children will be invited.
This children will come from the poor families in the nearby communities.
2. Discipleship Training Program. This will be in the form of a systematic and
structured discipleship training method incorporated in the daily lifestyle of the children.
The following are the daily activities:
a. Daily morning group devotions with counselors;
b. Once-a-week session using the On Eagles Wings Discipleship Training
Manual for character development and Radical Christianity.
c. Lifestyle Informal Discipleship training during work, play and daily routine;
d. Introduction and inculcation of Spiritual Disciplines: Prayer, Meditation, Bible
Reading, Worship, Fasting, Submission, etc.
e. Practical Life Training. As part of discipleship, practical life is to be taught and
inculcated such as personal hygiene, home-making, basic chores for girls and boys,
gardening, practical arts, good manners and right conduct, cleanliness in the environment,
caring for others, etc.;

3. Skills Development Training Program. The children would then be exposed


to different training skills in order to discover talents and gifts which may be developed
and harnessed for future ministry or for productivity purposes to benefit him or his family
in the future.

4. Information Education Program. Informal weekly sessions with the children


(by age group) will be given on three basic themes:
a. Values Education: Respect for parents, older people and authority, respect for
property of others, honesty, industry, trustworthiness, patience, respect for environment,
submission and obedience, moral integrity, peer group relationship, and social behavior.
b. Spiritual Growth Formation: Gospel Message, Assurance of Salvation, Love of
God and Love For God, Biblical Principles, Spiritual Disciplines, the Purpose Driven
Life.
c. Reproductive Health and Sex Education: The children then are gradually
introduced to the Biblical perspective of sex education and as the case maybe, spiritual
counseling or deliverance is administered to those who have been victims or perpetrators
of sexual abuse or promiscuity.
5. Language and Speech Program. Street language and foul language that
punctuate the speech of the children need also to be addressed. Hence, the language and
speech program does not only seek to teach proper English or Filipino speech but more
so, to cleanse the filthy, disrespectful and perverse manner of talking they have been
accustomed to.

6. Foundational Learning Program/Alternative Learning Systems. This will


be provided through the Eagles Nest Foundational Learning Center to ensure a balance
and Godly foundation for the growing child. Subjects include: English Phonics, English
Language, Christian Education and Values Education, Math, Geography, Science,
Practical Life, Music, Play and Recreation, and Physical Education. For those out-of-
school youth who were not able to continues their schooling, the alternative learning
system shall be applied.
7. Advocacy on Child and Women Abuse Prevention Program. Teams will be
formed to conduct anti-child abuse campaigns for prevention and information
dissemination in schools and barangays as well as other communities.

8. Community Based Programs. The following community-based programs


shall be conducted:

a. Anti-Drug Abuse Crusades


b. Feed the Children
c. Anti-Child Abuse Campaigns
d. Medical/Dental Missions
e. Clothes Drives for the Children
f. Values Formation Seminars
g. Youth Discipleship Training Programs
h. Foster Parenting
i. Children Ministries

9. Sustainability Programs. This covers the formulation of project proposals,


submission of proposals to funding agencies and ultimately implementing sustainability
projects and income-generating projects of the Shelter to sustain the operations of the
different programs enumerated above aside from the limited support/donations being
received by the Shelter from time to time. Projects like computer rentals, van rental,
photocopy services and catering services are some projects feasible to be implemented to
partially support the operations of the Shelter.

The above-mentioned strategies are already being implemented by the


Management Staff of the Kalinga ng Ama Shelter for Children. However, this cannot be
implemented on a continuing basis without ample support from outside funders.

Financial and Economic Soundness

This proposal is a social development project. Its impact can be measured by the
changed lives of the beneficiaries and also the actual implementation of the income-
generating projects that can be identified during the course of implementation of this
project.

Relationship to Local and National Development Plan

This project is very much relevant to local and national development plans due to
the fact that it address the concerns of disadvantaged in our society especially the abused
children, women and adults. It concerns also the upliftment of the quality of life of the
beneficiaries not only economically but also emotionally, physically and spiritually.
One of our local and national development agenda is to address poverty in the
countryside. The project targets not only poverty of the pocket but also poverty of the
mind and heart of its beneficiaries in order to ensure a real changed lives of its
beneficiaries.

Organizational Strengthening

The Kalinga ng Ama Shelter for Children will undertake the following steps for
organizational strengthening:

1. Unity and Strategic Directions Workshop. The Directors and Management


Staff will undergo a Workshop and Action Planning to review and re-formulate the
Shelters Direction and also to formulate a 5-Year Action Plan.

2. Administration and Governance. Efforts will also be focused in the


Functions and Responsibilities of the personnel and managers so that they will be able to
know and deliver their job responsibilities in the organization. Committees shall be
formed to support the management and policies shall be reviewed and formulated if they
are lacking. Continuous training and participation of the personnel in other management
seminars to gain knowledge and experience shall also be implemented.

3. Project/Enterprise Management. Training shall be conducted on


project/enterprise management to the committees in-charge in order to give them skills in
the management of income-generating projects of the Shelter. This will insure a
successful implementation of the sustainability projects.

4. Financial Management/Sustainability. Efforts shall be focused also on the


strengthening of the financial management skills of the staff assigned to take care of the
finances of the Shelter and skills of Committees in-charge in the accessing additional
financial support for the operations of the Shelters Programs.

5. Networking and Linkaging. Continuous networking and linkaging shall be


undertaken by the Shelters Management with the different stakeholders and partners
either local or international to also insure additional operational support.

Membership and affiliations in provincial and regional associations like the


Pangasinan Federation of NGOs and ABSNET shall also be strengthened in order to
update the management for additional linkages and developments with respect to its areas
of concerns.

Project proposals shall be also submitted to local and international donors and
linkages for future implementation of support projects.
Local Participation

This project will insure the local participation of the some members of the Christ
Our Life Ministries, the Church organization who is fully supporting the personnel of this
project. The members usually assists in all the programs of the Kalinga Ng Ama Shelter
for Children identified in the Strategies of this proposal..

Tie-up with local schools like the Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, San
Carlos City and PASS College in Alaminos City and PACTI shall also be continued. The
two schools support the medical/dental mission, feeding, child care and caregiving
concerns.

Tie-up with mayors, other elected officials, private individuals and non-
government organizations shall also be continued whenever there is a big impact project
in their municipalities like the medical/dental mission and feeding programs.

Participation of Men and Women

Participation of men and women in the project implementation shall be insured as


well as in the selection of project beneficiaries. Families of the children especially the
parents shall be given top priority in the different interventions that will be given in the
project implementation. It will see to it that the women shall also be benefited in the
economic projects in order to augment the income of the family.

Promotion of Sound Environmental Practices

The project management, committees, and staff shall see to it that sound
environmental practices shall be undertaken in the implementation of the project.
Environmental practices on proper waste management, cleanliness, orderliness and
greening the environment shall be implemented and shall be taught to the children and
their families.

Innovative Features and Replication Potential

Since the Kalinga Ng Ama Shelter for Children is the only church-based non-
government organization who is implementing a wholistic (both physical, emotional and
spiritual aspects )intervention for street kids in its area of operation, the potential
replication of this project is encouraged to be implemented in other areas not only in the
Region but also in other parts of the country wherein there are no Centers who will
address the problems of street children.
Project Management

The project will follow the Organizational Structure of the Kalinga ng Ama
Shelter for Children. Attached as Annex A is the Organizational Structure of the Project.
However, a Project Committee shall be formed specifically to oversee the overall
implementation of the project as well as to evaluate and monitor the activities specified in
this proposal for project reporting, feedback and improvement. Areas that needs
improvements and corrections shall be addressed immediately by the Committee and best
practices of the project shall be replicated and shared with other would-be implementers.
Project reports and documentation shall be submitted to the funding institutions and to
other agencies that needs the reports like DSWD and PNP.

II. Project Budget (2 years)

The following financial requirement of the project is projected for two years. This
can be broken down into 2 batches of annual releases:

DESCRIPTION KALINGA FUNDER TOTAL


COUNTERPART COUNTERPAR AMOUNT
T
A. Project Administration
Honoraria P 24,000.00 P 96,000.00 P 120,000.00
1 Project Officer(P5,000/mo.)
2 Project Staff (P4,000/mo.) 96,000.00 96,000.00
B. In-house Expenses for 50
Street Kids (P50,000/month) 240,000.00 960,000.00 1,200,000.00
This includes nurture and care,
discipleship, psycho-social devt.,
therapeutic services and child
evangelism and spiritual growth
services)
C. Foundational Learning
Program/Alternative Learning
Systems for 50 Street
Kids(P20,000/month) 120,000.00 360,000.00 480,000.00
D. Monthly Feeding Program
(P3,000 x 24 months for 50
children) 22,000.00 50,000.00 72,000.00
E. Advocacy on Child and
Women Abuse Prevention
Program ( 12 sessions
@P5,000/session, targeting at
least 100 persons per session) 10,000.00 50,000.00 60,000.00
F. Skills Training on Income-
Generating Projects, Values
Formation Seminars and
Parenting and Family Seminars 5,000.00 35,000.00 40,000.00
(5 Courses for 20 pax per course
at 2 days each @P400/pax)
G. Community-based Programs
- 2 Medical-Dental Missions
targeting 200 families 10,000.00 40,000.00 50,000.00
- 2 Crusades on Drug Abuse
Preventions and Child Abuse
Prevention (P20,000.00/crusade 20,000.00 20,000.00 40,000.00
H. Capital Support for 2
Income-Generating Projects of
the Shelter(P50,000/project) 10,000.00 90,000.00 100,000.00
I. Organizational Strengthening
Support Fund
(P1,000/month) 4,000.00 20,000.00 24,000.00
TOTAL P 465,000.00 P1,817,000.00 P2,282,000.00

IV. Recommendation

Submitted by:

PTR. ROLANDO E. SANTIAGO


Chief Executive Officer