The Philippines is rapidly developing but
with areas of extreme poverty, especially
in Metro Manila. UNICEF estimate that
there are over 150,000 street children in
Metro Manila. Many work on the streets
but live with their families, often in urban
slums. Others have left home and live
on the streets where they are at risk of
Kanlungan works with all types of street
children; both those living with their
families and those living on the streets.
Kanlungan means refuge or sanctuary.
And that is what it has been for street
The organisation is run by a dedicated,
faith-filled, visionary team. Over the last
20 years many new and exciting
projects have developed. But one thing
has remained constant: a desire to
show children the love of Christ and to
help them fulfil their God-given potential.
Kanlungan projects cover:
Street education with street children and
street families where help ranges from first aid to
A drop-in centre and temporary
shelter in Malate (the old red light district of
Manila). At this oasis, children with no home are
fed, have a chance to get some education, be
counselled and sheltered.
Day centres for children who work on
the streets and live in urban slums.
There are now two of these centres. Lively
places, where children can get an education
and also get a meal to help them concentrate
on their studies in the afternoon! The team
are also building strong relationships with the
Residential Care and Training Centres
One for girls at Laguna Province just south of Manila
and one for boys in a more rural setting.
Here children live in an
extended family environment, receive skills
training and go to the local schools.
After Care to reunite children with their
families and make the process as smooth as
Employment Projects, for the older boys.
These include the Farm project in Cavite Province
south of Manila, a second-hand shop selling
goods ranging from washing machines to
bikes, and a coffee shop in the heart of Manila.