The Philippines A contrasting social context

  • An archipelago of 7000 island of South East Asia
  • 103 millions habitants
  • 2 out of 5 families live below the poverty line
  • 1.5 million street children
  • 2.8 millions uneducated children
  • 4 million children aged 5 to 14 are victims of child labor
  • 1/3 of children are victims of abuse and violence
  • 30% of women have suffered physical abuse during their youth
  • 100 000 are victims of prostitution

ACAY’s Observation

  • Boys, as much as girls, are victims of sexual abuse.
  • 60% of boys released from prison recidivate.
  • At times the cultural traditions make that parental responsibilities weigh heavily on children’s shoulders.
  • Few NGO’s are interested in taking care of youth aged over 15.