Raising Children of Hope

Raising Children of Hope

Iloilo , PhilippinesIloilo, Philippines
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Raising Children of Hope is a passionate journey creating possibilities and opportunities to the less privileged children and families.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

According to UNICEF 2012 report, Filipino children in urban areas lack decent housing, have limited access to clean water and prone to neglect, abuse and exploitation. Poverty forced children dropping out from school to help their parents earn a living to relieve their hunger. The second cause is lack of interest in going to school. The challenge, therefore, is how to make the school interesting and encouraging rather than intimidating; make it inclusive, non-discriminatory and poor-sensitive rather than exclusive and elite-oriented; and how to make it accommodating rather than restricting. The education content, process and experience should be made more meaningful to the children’s life experiences by ensuring appropriate, culture-sensitive and values-based interventions.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

A rights-based, child-friendly and socially -relevant educational orientation learning system is an innovative solution combating social indifference and discrimination. Working closely with schools, teachers and parents will facilitate the learning development of children from being self- centered, competitive-oriented and social-passiveness to a collective, service-oriented and socially-engaged education. Building leadership confidence and skills at a young age equipped with clear vision of building a society where there is no hunger, child exploitation, discrimination, violence and war. The love of justice, peace, security, love and freedom is an empowering educational engagement of raising empathetic children and youths as agents of change.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Inspired by the principle that children and youth learned best will surely makes a difference when they are treated with respect and trust rather than being treated as inferior and incapable. After- School Mentoring Classes - Developing practices among children and youth in collectively building alternatives inspired by their social realities. Creative dances, plays, songs, writing and art works centered on love for the environment, human rights, child friendly education, gender equality and peace will be established. Public exposures and presentations of their work will build both self and collective confidence geared to effect basic changes in institutional policies and social behaviours. Parent’s Empowerment – Enabling parents to be child-sensitive inculcating the value of empathy and build strong connection with their children and teachers is a key intervention for a successful child. Workshops, peer counselling, role-playing and parent-children activities will be facilitated to improve parental practices. Child-friendly and Rights-Based Teaching Advocacy – Partnership with schools in sponsoring forum and conferences on social issues affecting communities will provide engagement for students and teachers to empathize with the marginalized. Parents- teachers’ conferences for module development suited for the students of different levels will be shared together with the school administrator, teachers and parents.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

My peers are parents, partnered schools and non-government organizations networks who are engaged for community service and advocacy. My competitors are the established after-school mentoring and tutorial classes and have good locations. My greatest challenge for greater success is how to broaden my base of interested parents and schools to advocate this kind of learning system.
About You
About You
First Name

Hope

Last Name

Hervilla

About Your Organization
Organization Name
Organization Country

, ILO, Iloilo

Country where this project is creating social impact

, ILO, Iloilo

Your role in Education

Parent, Social Worker, Teacher.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Private (tuition-based)

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation
How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Raising Children of Hope is a passionate journey creating possibilities and opportunities for the less privileged children and families.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Child-friendly and rights-based learning system unleashing the full potentials of children and youth to be socially-engaged individuals

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Child- friendly and Right-based Teaching advocacy solution successfully partnered with major schools and universities, civil society groups, church and media sponsoring the conference of mining and ecology attended by 3,000 university students. The Governor was compelled to immediately suspend the operation of a large mining company operating in the province.

Additionally, the environment advocacy presentations of children violin class and the children theatre group of partner teachers and parents during the mining conference rendered their services for free. The presentation inspired the children, parents and teachers.

My Parent Empowerment advocacy working with our community school benefited hundreds of parents and school children such as the approval of additional lounge for primary grade children and parents during lunch breaks provided a parenting place and child mentoring inside the school premises.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

For the next three year the project will have established its presence in communities and schools catering 50 -100 students benefiting from the after after-school mentoring program on creative arts and 100- 150 for academic tutorial services on a yearly basis. 10%-20% of which are scholars.The children show confidence and positive behavior of nurturing and caring for others and their community through participation in community service.

We will have a minimum of 300 parents or caregivers that will benefit from the parent empowerment program attending workshops, counselling and peer mentoring for free or minimal cost.

A well- developed 10 school partners where we help teachers teaching child-friendly and rights-based learning orientation and practices to their students.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The main problems that hinder the success of my project is how to sustain program activities and the possible irregularity of children enrolment in the after- class mentoring and tutorial program due to the increasing cost of living.

My strategy in overcoming these barriers is to look for grants and networks that will help in reducing the expenses and creating financial opportunities to sustain my advocacy. Upgrading and innovating more activities that are attractive for parents and school to invest in the project.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Consolidate networks of parents, civil society organizations and schools; active promotions of services; acquiring start-up proj

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Conference-discussion of involved and interested parents and teachers about the project. Feedback and recommendations will be el

Task 2

Organizing of Project staffs

Task 3

Project Staff Orientation Training, Setting-up of physical center.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Project Management Training and Strategic Planning

Task 2

Active engagement of parents, children , teachers and Board Members

Task 3

Additional partners willing to engage in the program.

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

I am social worker and a women rights activist in the Philippines. WHO reported that 22.6% are living below $1.00 a day and 51% or 94 million Filipino families said they are poor. Over the years of working with women, I always cried witnessing children going to school hungry and barefoot. My story, my family story of battling poverty inspired me to be a part of a social change movement that cares for women and children. My two children especially my eight year old daughter inspired me to pursue this child rights and right- based learning system because of my frustration with the traditional educational system that blinds children of the social realities and training them to be self –centered, apathetic and competitive.I am so passionate to start up an child friendly annd rights-based alternative learning center for children and youth because they are the hope of the next generation for a brighter future.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

My existing partnership with two private pre-school and elementary schools is supportive of my advocacy. They will help broaden my networks of parents, caregivers, teachers and school who are very receptive of the parent empowerment and teachers’ training. These parents the ones who will sustain the program by staying with us and inviting more parents, teachers to join the program at a very minimal cost. My partners will also help me in social marketing.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

A very cohesive team of teachers and social workers passionate on parents/women and children empowerment work. They will see to it that the quality of services will be enjoyed and appreciated by children and parents in harnessing their potentials. They will receive regular staff development inputs on child-friendly and rights-based approaches to learning.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

I’m still at the stage that I need support in my project especially start-up funds for this is very crucial stage in establishing my advocacy for a child-friendly and right-based learning system. Though, I can offer links for possible networking and collaboration on women and children work Philippines and with World Pulse – my social media group based in Portland.