The Philippines has an economic growth rate of 7%, yet one in three Filipinos still lives below the poverty line. The problem is most serious among young people. Indeed, they account for half of the unemployed, an estimated 1.4 million people. Despite the efforts made, the unemployment rate among young people went from 17.4% in 2008 to 16.1% in 2013.

The Open Day Center, set up in 2006 on the initiative of AMADE, is located in the neighborhood of Quiapo, where it was intended to offer families living in the streets a day shelter from which parents could find psychosocial support and access to education for their children.

Since 2015, the day care center has been rehabilitated into a training center offering access to training and work experience for young mothers and young adults living in the streets, thus enabling them to improve their living conditions and that of their children. The integration of women into the Philippine economy remains a challenge, as women continue to invest a large portion of their income in their family and their community. The increase in women's economic power goes hand in hand with higher expenditures for children in terms of education, health and nutrition. This pilot project is conducted in partnership with the NGO "Aide et Action", which has a recognized expertise in South-East Asia in the field of training/work experience of marginalized groups through its iLEAD program (Initiative for Livehood Education And Developement).


- Launching of an information and awareness campaign about the importance of education in terms of economic inclusion and about the services offered by the ODC in the fields of economic strengthening;

- Identification of young mothers and young adults who are beneficiaries from amongst the most vulnerable populations (single mothers, homeless people or people living in dangerous areas, young people from gangs, victims of abuse, etc.);

- Development of a personalized training program;

- Improving the literacy of mothers and young adults;

- Schooling the children of beneficiary mothers;

- Setting up professional training and/or work experience (sewing, cooking, bakery ...);

- Psychological support;

- Support in the search for a job after the training or in the creation of the beneficiary's own activity.

Results achieved

- Young mothers and young adults are aware of the importance of education and vocational skills;

- Young mothers and young adults have acquired and/or developed the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to generate a sustainable income for themselves and their families;

- Children of young beneficiary mothers have access to education;

- Young mothers and young adults are supervised and followed up on in their professional activities.


Open Day Center - Training and professional integration of vulnerable families

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  • Philippines


  • Project status

    In progress

  • Duration

    2016 - 2018

  • Funding

    71 387 €

  • Beneficiaries

    35 young mothers living in the streets ages 18 to 35 years old
    15 young adults living in the streets
    50 children

  • Partners

    Virlanie Foundation

  • Objectives

    To contribute to the improvement of living conditions of mothers and children that have been marginalised through economic support and autonomy.