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Children copy the values and characteristics of the people around them. A child raised in a generous household will learn to be generous. A child who sees their parents be conscious about the environment will also grow up mindful of their waste management and carbon footprint. On the other hand, children who grow up in an insecure environment may not learn the social skills necessary to be productive adults and responsible parents.
Whether they are raised by their biological parents or in alternative care, children need to be around people who are family-oriented and who are mindful of the values they are showing. It is not enough to have adults around children; it’s important that they grow up with the right influences, which is where Virlanie’s Residential Pillar aims to offer assistance.
Growing up in a Caring Home
Caring for children is the main goal of Virlanie’s Residential Pillar, and to do this, the organization has eight different homes divided into three clusters. Children go through several transformative changes in their life, and in each stage, it is important that they are guided by the right people and the right values. Living with children the same age also helps them learn to socialize with their peers, making their integration into society easier.
Let’s take a look at each cluster in Virlanie’s Residential Pillar:
CLUSTER 1: Homes for Babies and Young Children
Under the first cluster are the homes for babies and young children. Catering to children aged 0-12, this cluster serves as the home to children deprived of parental care or are at the risk of being so, from their admission until their social worker finds a sustainable solution for them.
Each of the Virlanie homes supplies children with their basic needs–shelter, clothing, and food. More than these basics, however, Virlanie also equips each home with house parents and a social worker to make each child feel protected, loved, and taken care of. Each house also receives Health Services from Virlanie’s Health Program to take care of the vaccination, check-ups and nutritional plans of the children.
There are four homes under this cluster:
- BABIES & TODDLERS HOME – For children aged 0-3
- MARCO POLO CARE CENTER – For children aged 4-6
- TANGLAW and MASAYA HOME – For children aged 7-12
Each home provides children with a homelife setting, where they learn to do household chores and be part of a cohesive and loving family unit. They also learn about self-care and hygiene. The children under Virlanie’s care also have play-based educational and recreation activities, which allow them to enjoy their childhood while learning crucial life lessons that will be useful to them as they grow older.
Virlanie offers play-based pre-school classes through the Magellan Learning Center (MLC), where children learn how to write, read, and count. MLC also offers preparedness and school support services to all children. Another educational center is the SiBuHi Center for Creativity and Development, which helps children learn self-expression through sports, visual, creative, and performing arts.
There are also psychological teams present to help children recover from their traumas through individual and group therapy. There are also provisions for disease prevention and psychosocial treatment.
These holistic activities are important building blocks in their adult life, and more immediately, in their successful placement in a permanent family or in their reunification with their relatives.
CLUSTER 2: Homes for Young Adults
Teenaged boys and girls undergo behavioral changes associated with growing up, and Virlanie wants to help them through these difficulties by providing them homes that understand the needs of their age group. The two homes under this cluster are:
- ELIZABETH HOME – For girls aged 13-18
- ELLA YALLAH HOME – For boys aged 13-18
In this cluster, teenage boys and girls who have been abused, neglected, exploited, surrendered, or abandoned receive holistic care to help them successfully reunite with their relatives, be adopted into a family or foster home, or live independently as they turn 18.
The Elizabeth Home also houses girls who may have been subjected to sexual abuse, which Virlanie helps them recover from through individual and group therapy. The teenage boys and girls in this cluster go to public school and also receive mentoring, livelihood skills, and vocational training through Virlanie’s Independent Living Program.
CLUSTER 3: Homes for Children with Special Needs
Caring for children with special needs is challenging, and wrong or insufficient information may prevent parents from giving their children the appropriate care they need. Meanwhile, others don’t have access to services or feel discriminated, which results in parents turning them over to foundations like Virlanie.
With the increasing number of children with special needs entrusted to Virlanie, the organization opened two homes under the third cluster:
- AIME HOME
- JADE HOME
Through Aime and Jade homes, Virlanie helps children with special needs enjoy their right to protection, inclusion, education, and health care. The children in both houses undergo regular medical and psychological check-ups, treatment, and prevention. Occupational therapists also help children develop their occupational and physical abilities. Virlanie’s network of specialist doctors also lends a hand when Virlanie refers a child to them.
To promote inclusivity, Virlanie has a SPED program that helps improve the cognitive abilities and sense of responsibility of children with special needs. Under this program, children are taught basic literacy skills, social skills, and independence development.
Virlanie also helps the children to integrate into society through job placements and social entrepreneurship.
Across three different clusters and eight different homes, Virlanie stays true to their mission to shelter, protect, support, and empower children. However, they cannot do it alone. They need your help. The foundation accepts cash donations through PayPal, UnionBank’s UShare, or a bank transfer to their BDO account.
Through Lamudi’s Cherish-A-Home Fundraising campaign, you can also make in-kind donations to help empower our future leaders.