Regions: Africa   Asia   Latin America

Name of Organization: Share A Child Movement (SCM)

Country: Philippines

Project Title: "Children and Youth for Child Rights Protection: Creating Partnerships With Communities and Schools"

Project Timeframe: May 2005 - August 2006

Location of Project: Five urban poor villages (barangays) in Cebu City

Budget Amount: $ 9,900

NGO contact and website:
3rd Floor, FSV Bldg., 91 Rizal Avenue
Cebu City, Philippines
Phone: (632) 253 4742
E-mail: /

Project's Primary Objective: Raise awareness of the importance of education for all children, and mobilize a wide array of actors to improve and expand education infrastructures.

Description of Organization: Share a Child Movement (SCM) is a non-government organization established in 1982 by Atty. Esperanza G. Valenzona. The NGO believes that it has a critical bridging role in building support groups and linking them to programs and services that benefit children and youth of Cebu. It has survived largely on support from the local community, who has the biggest stake in rearing its children, especially the disadvantaged and marginalized.

Share a Child espouses the value of education for the young and advocates the four pillars of learning: learning to be, learning to know, learning to do, and learning to live together. Its education program was named by the Philippine Department of Education as the region's most outstanding literacy program in 2003. It currently implements formal education and back-to-school programs for disadvantaged children; non-formal education; child rights advocacy program; family development program; and livelihood program. In February 2004, the Cebu City government conferred the "Most Outstanding Institution" award to Share a Child in recognition of its child rights advocacy work.

Description of Project funded by CIRCLE: SCM's CIRCLE project has twin objectives of (1) raising awareness of the hazards of child labor and the importance of education for all children; and (2) strengthening formal and non-formal education system for its main target sectors - child domestic workers and victims of prostitution in five urban barangays of Cebu City.

Through its family development approaches, training on child abuse prevention for teachers, and a one-year educational assistance (either in formal or non-formal education) for 100 children, SCM/CIRCLE expects the following results at project completion:
  • 100 children complete one year of high school education or non-formal education program and are encouraged to stay in school
  • Families ensure that all their children of school age are enrolled and are better able to address the needs of their children. Families, where possible, are organized to form support and advocacy groups against child labor
  • Employers are more open to sending children in their employ to school and reducing their hours of work
  • 30 public high school teachers act as trainers on child abuse prevention and on child rights. They integrate child rights and personal safety in their lesson plans, and facilitate discussions on children's issues with Parent Teachers and Community Associations

Project Targets (Common Indicators):
Enrollment: 100 children (primary targets are children in domestic labor and at-risk of prostitution)
Persistence: 100%
Transition: 100%
Completion: 100%