Current Project - International Childcare Ministries - Transform - Education, Health, Sustainabililty - Manila, The Philipinnes

on Friday, 22 March 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Health - Natural Disaster - Community Development, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Sustainability, The Philippines

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City:  Quezon City, Manila, The Philipinnes
Project:  Transform communities
Partner:  International Childcare Ministries

The solution to poverty starts with hope. Transform brings families the education, training, resources and support they need to begin their journey out of poverty and into a better tomorrow.

Transform gathers 30 families in each community to participate in VHL training curriculum, addressing positive Values, Health and Livelihood skills. The course is taught by ICM staff and hosted by a local church in the slum.

 

 

 

It is the intention is to reach those at the absolute bottom of the economic ladder – families living at subsistence. To ensure this, we use a poverty scorecard to select participants. Regular pre and post program surveys to measure impact and improve effectiveness. The realities of life for those entering Transform include:

44¢ is the average daily income
61% do nothing to purify their water
27% go to bed hungry at least once a week
11% of mothers have had one child die

After this 16-week Transform Program, participants report the
following inspirational changes:
• 61% increase in average household income
• 18% decrease in those who go to bed hungry at least once a week
• 22% less people with serious illnesses
• 85% less reported physical abuse in the homes
• 69% decrease in serious disputes in the community

In the coming 12 months, 480 different communities will be reached, bringing the holistic VHL curriculum to life. Each Transform Community costs just $1725 and will impact the lives of more than 150 men, women and children from 30 families.

Nenita says, “Because of Transform, I have a new community of friends in my barangay and that makes me happy.  My neighbors, who also attended the VHL lessons, are more respectful of each other. People are communicating with each other nicely, unlike before.”

The VHL Curriculum

VHL is a 16-week hands-on training course designed to address the holistic needs of those living in poverty. It teaches life skills leading to stronger relationships, improved problem-solving and greater family well-being.

Values

The Values curriculum, based on a Biblical worldview, emphasizes the inherent value of every individual and promotes character traits that strengthen relationships. It empowers people to see that small changes in the short term can make a big difference in the future.

Health

The Health curriculum addresses UN identified health care needs of the poor including family health, hygiene, nutrition, recognition, prevention and treatment of common illnesses and first aid.

Livelihood

The Livelihood curriculum addresses the biggest challenge facing those living in poverty - sustainable livelihood. Not only do participants earn new income with their new small business endeavors, but their successes also empower them to pursue other avenues of generating income.

Financial Literacy Skills - family budgeting, debt
management, small business skills

Sustainable organic farming - organic fertilizer production, vegetable gardening (container and in-ground)
Small Businesses – cleaning product sales (dishwashing
liquid, fabric softener), food products (local snack
production)

A Farmer's Story

At the age of 18, Eusibio was involved in a violent machete attack and lost not only the use of one arm, but also his hope of ever climbing out of poverty. Desperate to support his family, he scavenged garbage and took odd jobs making charcoal, further damaging his health and his spirit.

When Transform was offered through a local church in his community, Eusibio decided to join. With gusto he applied the new farming methods learned in the livelihood classes and he began cultivating a small vegetable garden next to his home. His hard work paid off and soon he was feeding his family with his produce.

But Eusibio wasn't satisfied. Encouraged by its success, he approached his landowner and got permission to farm more land. With his one functioning arm, Eusibio cleared a full hectare (2.5 acres) of very hilly and rocky terrain. His determination to support his family paid off. Soon he was growing enough vegetables to feed his family and still earn a stable monthly income of US$200. This is enough to keep his six children in school. Over time, Eusibio plans to enlarge his farm to seven hectares (17 acres). He and his family are now facing the future with hope.

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