Children protection and inclusion in the Philippines, with Virlanie

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  • The Philippines have a population of about 106 million people, which include approximately 4.5 million homeless people or living in informal settlements in the Philippines (based on the current study conducted by WHO).
  • 250,000 children are estimated to be in the street situation in the Philippines and 30,000 children are estimated to be in the streets of Metro Manila and the national capital region (NCR).
  • Despite rapid economic growth in recent years, the Philippines is still facing poverty and persisting inequalities which deeply impact the children. In the poorest urban communities, multiple problems need to be addressed: child labor, poor education, high incident of malnutrition, child neglect, child abuse, exploitation and child trafficking.
  • These children, being vulnerable to various forms of abuse, are considered at risk and therefore in need of special protection.
  • 31.4% of Pilipino children were living below the poverty line in 2015, 8 in 10 children in street situation experience some form of violence, 3 in 10 Filipino children do or complete primary education and 2.85 million Filipino children aged 5 to 15 years old are out of school.
  • As the needs of most of the children, youth, and families in street situations go unaddressed, it is up to non-government organizations (NGOs) to contribute in providing them with appropriate and quality services.


  • To alleviate poverty among Filipino children who have been abandoned, abused, exploited or neglected, among orphans, and among the poorest of the poor. For instance by distributing bags of rice, drinking water and milk.
  • To provide housing, food, clothing and affection for the orphans, in a family setting with a homely atmosphere. For instance by buying building materials to renovate the houses where the children live.
  • To provide medical and dental treatment and improve health situation.


Myriad Canada is working with Fondation Virlanie  to implement this project. Fondation Virlanie was created in 1992 by Dominique Lemay and friends who were social workers in the Philippines. The Foundation implements programs, which are specifically designed to address the needs of street, poor and marginalized children, youth and young adults.  Since its creation, it helped more than 17,000 children and youth in need.The Foundation implement a holistic approach through 7 pillars (community, Street, Residential homes, Health, Education, Integration, and advocacy) that work towards the achievement of 12 out of the 17 (SDGs) Sustainable Development Goals.


Myriad Canada’s role is to carry out charitable activities across the globe in accordance with its charitable purposes. We control and monitor the use of funds and the progress of charitable activities to ensure that donations made to Myriad Canada have the greatest impact in accordance with donors’ expressed wishes. As a member of the Myriad Alliance with offices in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, Myriad Canada has a vast international network and extensive practical expertise.

How to support this project?

By credit card: At the top right of this page, indicate the amount you wish to donate, and make the donation online by credit card. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes by e-mail just a few minutes after making the donation. Quick and easy!

By cheque: Mail the cheque to the Myriad Canada Foundation, mention ‘Project B501– children protection in the Philippines’ in the ‘For’ section and send it to: KBF Foundation CANADA, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 1670, MONTREAL, QC, H3B 2B6 – CANADA.

By Direct Deposit: For transfer instructions, please email or call: or 514-481-2000

All donations are eligible for a tax receipt in Canada.

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