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Name of Organization: Share a Child Movement, Inc. (SCM)

Country: Philippines

Project Title: "Strengthening Barangay Structures to Promote Prevention of Child Labor"

Project Timeframe: 15 months

Location of Project: Barangay Guba

Budget Amount: $25,000

NGO contact and website:
Atty. Eufrocina G. Valenzona
Executive Director
Email Address: nina.valenzona@skyinet.net ; nina.valenzona@gmail.com

Atty. Esperanza G. Valenzona
President
Email Address: shareachildmvt@skyinet.net ; shareachild@gmail.com

NGO Phone/Fax Number: (6332) 2534742 / (6332) 2538350
Street Address: 3rd Floor, FSV Bldg., 91 Rizal Avenue
City: Cebu City
State/County: Philippines
Postal Code: 6000

Project's Primary Objective: Ensure Sustainability or Replicability

Description of Organization: Share a Child Movement Inc., is a non-government organization established in 1982 by Atty. Esperanza G. Valenzona, to continue the work that she had been doing with children in the Cebu City Jail while she was president of the Cebu chapter of the Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA). A non-stock, non-profit organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and accredited as a child and youth welfare agency by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, as well as by the Cebu City Government, Share a Child Movement sees its role as a bridge between the "haves" and the "have-nots". They raise funds out of donations from well-to-do individuals and families, as well as corporations within and outside the Cebuano community, for programs and services that benefit children and youth. Its unique character comes from its ability to survive more than 20 years on support from the local community, believing that the community has a stake in the rearing of all its children, including the disadvantaged and the marginalized, so that they would grow up to become self-reliant and productive citizens who are neither burdens nor a danger to society.

Share a Child believes that education empowers people by opening a world of learning and opportunity to the poorest of the poor. It strongly adheres to the total development of the individual through the four pillars of learning (learning to know, learning to do, learning live together and learning to be) and it incorporates these principles on a programmatic level. Its education program was named the Department of Education Region VII’s Most Outstanding Literacy Program in January 2003. Share a Child also received an award from the National Literacy Council in September 2002 during the 2002 National Literacy Conference and Awards at Pansol, Calamba, Laguna, for having one of the five most outstanding literacy programs in the country.

The Share a Child offers the following programs and services for children, youth, women and families:
  1. Formal Education/Back to School Program for disadvantaged children
  2. Non-Formal Education
    • Balay Bata Preschool
    • Literacy and Value Formation for Children In Conflict with the Law (children –detained or serving sentence at the Cebu City Operation Second Chance Center
    • Life Skills and Alternative Education for Working Out of School Children
  3. Child Rights Advocacy Program
  4. Family Development Program
  5. Livelihood Program
In February 2004, the City of Cebu recognized the effectiveness of the Share a Child’s Child Rights Advocacy Program and gave the organization its "Most Outstanding Institution" award. SUPACA, the children’s organization that the Share a Child Movement set up in 1997 likewise won recognition for its work from the National Youth Commission as one of the "Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations" (TAYO) in the year 2004.

Description of Project funded by CIRCLE: This project looks at how a mandated structure in the barangay could be strengthened to promote multi-sectoral stakeholder action against child labor in Barangay Guba and two other farming communities in the hilly lands of Cebu City.

Who better to make sure that its children are safe, their potentials as productive and contributing members of the community fully realized than the community itself? The strengthening of the Barangay Development Council, as provided under the Local Government Code, guarantees that residents take part in crucial decisions that work for the good of the community, and take into special consideration the interests of such marginalized sectors as children. Because the Barangay Development Council has the authority to formulate a barangay development plan in a participatory process, resources like the internal revenue allocation made available to the barangay could best be put to use for its most urgent needs, as identified by the Barangay Development Council. This gives its members, which may include people’s organizations, the opportunity to push for projects that benefit children, for example, and in this way, help to make the community more self-reliant and less dependent on outside assistance.

The project would have the following targets:
  • Strengthen family watch groups in Barangay Guba and two other barangays that adjoin it and capacitate them to monitor the situation of children in the community, work with the school to make sure that all school-age children are enrolled and attending classes and at the same time participate in the Barangay Development Council so that they could utilize resources of the barangay to prevent child labor, rescue children who are in need of special protection and provide interventions when necessary.
  • Organize a children’s group in Barangay Guba and two adjoining barangays. The members of the children’s organizations will be those participating in the literacy classes, and its leaders would be provided with training. Therefore, the leaders can participate in the formulation of development plans of action for children, and do advocacy work on children’s rights within their own communities.
  • Organize a school-based quick action team among teachers and build their capacity to set up a tracking system for children and coordinate with the family watch groups as well as participate as consultants on education at the barangay development council;
  • Establish and strengthen the Barangay Development Council in Barangay Guba and two other neighboring mountain barangays by training barangay officials and people’s organizations on their roles and functions and the processes and procedures which would be integral to the workings of the BDC, including the organizing of sectoral committees and the accreditation process of NGOs and POs that want to participate in the barangay development.
A functional BDC in place would foster a true community spirit among the people in the barangay, as everyone would have a sense of his/her place in the task of developing the community and providing for its most helpless members, the children.

Project Targets (Common Indicators):
Enrollment:: 100 children enrolled in basic literacy classes
Persistence: 100%
Transition: 100 out-of-school children are assisted to enroll at the beginning of the school year
Completion: 100%