The Philippines A contrasting social context

  • An archipelago of 7,641 islands in South East Asia
  • 106 millions habitants
  • 10 million families live below the poverty line
  • 250,000 street children
  • 3.8 millions out-of-school children
  • 2.1 million children aged 5 to 17 are victims of child labor
  • 8 in 10 filipino children suffer in abuse and violence
  • 30% of women have suffered physical abuse during their youth
  • 60,000 to 100,000 children are sexually exploited

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.