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What We Do


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What We Do


ACAP’s mission is to end poverty through education. We believe that achieving this goal starts with instilling in each child a sense of his or her own self worth.

Art classes play a key role in this. ACAP uses art both as a platform on which to develop the children’s self efficacy and self worth, as well as a method of expression, which can help heal trauma.

The art classes support the broader goal of reintegrating the children into the Philippine education system. Children who are too old to return to conventional schooling are encouraged to join the government's Alternative Learning System (ALS).

ACAP supports and facilitates this process through weekly art and education sessions, which include meals and regular contact with ACAP’s social workers. ACAP’s formal program extends to all children until they have completed their college education.

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Art Classes


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Art Classes


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The art classes form the backbone of ACAP’s wider program. In their first months at the center, children in great need attend class twice a week. They are taught how to work together through collaborative art projects, how to share with others and respect one another.

The insecurity and suffering of homelessness - especially at such a young age - leaves the children emotionally, and often also physically, traumatized. Most experience great difficulty in trusting others and caring for themselves. The art classes are intended to provide a safe space for self expression and creative exploration. Through this process, we hope to grow the children's self confidence and to help prepare them to go or return to school.

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Educational Assistance


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Educational Assistance


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The second phase of ACAP’s program is education. Children who are young enough are re-enrolled in the public schooling system. Primary education is free in the Philippines, but children are expected to pay for their school books and uniforms. Provided the children maintain an average grade of 75%, ACAP finances the school requirements on their behalf.

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Alternative Learning System


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Alternative Learning System


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Children who have been out of the education system for too long are often unable to return to formal education. These out of school youth can instead enroll in the government’s Alternative Learning System (ALS). This is a community-based, modular education system consisting of a Basic Literacy Program and a Continuing Education Accreditation Program. Find more information on ALS here.

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Skills Training


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Skills Training


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Through ACAP’s Skills Training Program, out of school youth learn to make crafts that can be sold through the organization. These include bottle and ceramic paintings, parol, a Philippine ornamental Christmas lantern, and ornaments made from recycled chopsticks. The money earned by the children through these activities contributes to the incomes of their families.

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Values Formation


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Values Formation


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Children that have grown up on the streets are typically neglected and often know nothing more than just to survive. They are not raised properly or taught good behavior, and thus lack the basic values or social knowledge expected of a child. As part of a holistic program to reintegrate these children into society, it is therefore necessary to impart on them good values and proper behavior. These include collaboration, respect, personal hygiene and more. Volunteers come to the center at least once a week to run the Values Formation Program.

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Summer


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Summer


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During the summer ACAP brings together all the children to participate in a sports tournament. The children are organized into different teams, and compete in volleyball and basketball. Apart from being a good form of exercise, the purpose of these tournaments is to promote teamwork, cooperation and good sportsmanship.

ACAP also organizes performing arts workshops for the children during the summer. The frequency of these is dependent on the availability of funding and volunteers.

During the month of May, museums in Manila offer free entrance. ACAP takes the children on field trips to museums as part of their art program. These visits are an opportunity to inspire the children, to teach them more about art and to introduce them to the art of Filipino artists.

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Health and Dental


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Health and Dental


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ACAP takes a holistic approach to poverty alleviation, so in addition to art classes and general education we also monitor the health of our children. We run a nutritional feeding program to ensure that the children receive nutritious meals at least twice a week. We also give multivitamins to the children, focusing on the youngest ones and the young expectant mothers who are also in our care. Good nutrition ensures good cognitive development in the youngest children, and helps to level the playing field later in life. Breaking the cycle of poverty starts with ensuring that the children are healthy enough to function physically and mentally.

Once a year all of the children receive physical and dental checkups. ACAP partners with Caguiat Dental Clinic and Muriel Diagnostic and Medical Clinic, which offer us these services at a reduced rate. In January 2016 we took a baseline measurement of 100 of our children’s health. We will repeat this on a yearly basis to measure the impact of our nutritional feeding program.