Children's Peace Prize Projects 2012
The AkzoNobel Children’s Peace Fund of 100.000 Euro, linked to the International Children’s Peace Prize 2012, is donated to three foundations in the Philippines that work on the promotion and protection of the rights of street children in the Philippines. C3, the organisation of Kesz, the Children’s Peace Prize winner of 2012, is one of the beneficiaries of the funds.
C3 & MY RIGHTS
The main objective of the Wealthy Healthy Outreach project is to improve the life conditions of street children and potential street children. This is done through prevention and attention in order to improve the children’s health knowledge, rights awareness, community importance and abilities to lead and participate in community development. Other main activities include the ‘I LOVE UR SMILE campaign’- encouraging children to be conscious on their hygiene and health through community education and by providing hygiene materials and the ‘HOPE GIFTS - TLC’ project – an annual activity to encourage street- and abandoned children to have hope by making them feel that there are people who care about them.
In this project a group of 30 at risk youth are being equipped with the skills and knowledge to enable them to not only change their own lives but to be able to reach out, through child-to-child education, and help their fellow children on the street. They receive training in monthly workshops and a four-day training. They practise their skills in the regular activities of the organisation. Street children are provided with interventions through both street education and developmental activities, to improve their confidence, self esteem and protective behaviours. There are street education activities and assistance in temporary shelters. The project further gives the children and young people the opportunity to organise and run activities aimed at creating greater public empathy for street children.
Child Hope Asia Philippines
CHAP works directly with 1,200 street children each year in Metro Manila. Their 23 street educators, who are qualified teachers and social workers, go to 18 of the most deprived areas five days per week to conduct support and outreach sessions, providing direct access to a holistic range of services including food, clothing, medical care, counselling, access to education, legal assistance and vocational training. They teach children and communities about the rights of the child and advocate for the development of services for street children. They also help to reunite street children with their families when feasible, or refer them to recovery centers.