Once among the wealthiest countries in Asia, the Philippines has followed a generally downward economic trajectory since the end of World War II. Poverty has worsened in recent years – largely due to high population growth, income inequality and insufficient social services.
With lower education levels and larger families to support, rural agricultural workers are particularly vulnerable – placing children at high risk of abandonment. Families seeking work in larger cities also often leave behind children they can’t support. Neglected and abandoned children in the Philippines are more likely to suffer from abuse, poor education, child labor and drug addiction.Our Work
In 1976, Holt helped establish a partner agency in the Philippines – the Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF), or Working Together Foundation, in Manila. Through the years, KBF has grown to become a recognized leader in child welfare services, targeting homeless and at-risk children from birth to 18 years of age.
KBF continually strives to keep or reunite children with their birth families before pursuing adoption. Support services include parent effectiveness training, financial and employment assistance, micro-financing and follow-up services to ensure stability. To prevent child abandonment, every year KBF counsels dozens of families and pregnant single women, who also receive housing, prenatal care and post-delivery services. Microloans to start businesses further reinforce single mothers’ capacity to support themselves and their child.
To further ease the burden on struggling families, children in low-income communities of Metro Manila receive nutritious meals, medical assistance and learning activities at six KBF day care centers.
Though family preservation efforts have enabled thousands of children to remain in their families, many children nevertheless grow to adulthood without the support and love of a family. To help children in institutions develop adult living skills, Holt supports the Independent Living and Educational Assistance program for high school and college students. Since the mid-1980s, Holt has also supported KBF’s foster care program –providing attentive, loving care for children awaiting adoption in the Philippines.
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