While the Philippines has an economic growth rate of 7%, one in three Filipinos still lives below the poverty line. In Manila, 1 in every 2 inhabitants lives in a shanty town, or 9 000 000 people. The rampant poverty in the capital particularly affects children, of whom 1.5 million live on the streets.

Maltreatment is also a scourge that affects the vast majority of Filipino families since corporal punishment is widely accepted in Philippine society and mentality. According to UNICEF, three out of every five Filipino children are victims of child abuse and one in every four is sexually abused, most often by a family member. Girls are particularly vulnerable given 10% of young women aged 15-19 experience early pregnancy and 14% are married before the age of 18, many therefore find themselves forced to flee the family environment. On the other hand, failure at school and the necessity to earn a living and therefore drop out of school causes families to break-up.

While most of the structures devoted to the care of these girls are limited to providing accommodation and schooling until they reach the age of 18, the School of Life founded by ACAY welcomes young girls with the aim of accompanying them throughout the process of personal rehabilitation and reintegration into society. The strategy adopted by the School of Life includes:

- A group dynamic coupled with the individual mentoring of each youth;

- A peer support / mediation;

- The prioritising and cultivation of responsibility as part of the youth's culture;

- A partnership with families, the legal system and the professional world.

The Philippine Department of Social Affairs, recognizing the results obtained by the holistic pedagogical approach developed over the years by the School of Life, has asked to benefit from ACAY's expertise and to disseminate it within the institutions managed by the authorities Philippines.


- Welcoming 20 young girls into the School of Life.
- Implentation of a dedicated and committed theraptic follow-up.
- Schooling.
- Participating in cultural activities and hobbies.
- Each individual adopts an action plan geared towards achieving autonomy.
- Training on how to be organised and how to manage daily tasks.
- Preparation for financial autonomy.
- Implementation of activities dedicated to the service of others.
- Supporting them in light of a familial reconciliation.
- Access to complementary training and/or workshops.
- Supporting them in the search for an employment and preparing them for professional life.
- A follow-up for the young girls upon completion of their time at the School of Life.

Results achieved

21 girls were looked after as part of the Scool of Life program :

      - 4 of them obtained the baccalauréat in 2019 ;

      - One girl graduated from hotel school ;

      - 2 girls reintegrated their families


School of Live - Reconstruction and recovery of young girls victims of abuse, exploitation and violence

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  • Philippines


  • Project status

    In progress

  • Duration


  • Funding

    375 000 €

  • Beneficiaries

    20 young girls in a residential centre between the ages of 15 and 22.
    5 young girls in a period of reintegration.

  • Partners

    ACAY Mission Philippines
    Philippino Government (Department of Social Affairs)

  • Objectives

    To offer young girls between the ages of 15 and 22 years old, victims of abuse, exploitation or violence, an integrated and adapted care in order to facilitate their reintegration in to society.




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