Annual Report 2011


Tahanan Sta. Luisa Inc is a Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center that responds to the needs of street girls and addresses the impact of sexual and/or physical abuse and trauma on adolescent street girls brought about by traumatic experiences. The shelter provides therapeutic residential care programs and services administered by a team of registered social workers, part-time psychiatrists and psychologists, trained child care staff and qualified program support staff. The programs and services are geared toward the healing and recovery of the girls, and prepare them for eventual reunification with their families or relatives when feasible. In most cases, referrals to other long-term recovery centers are done to help them prepare for independent living. As we continue our work and welcome the year 2012, we would like to share the highlights of our programs and services for the past year. We recognize and are most thankful for the commitment and dedication of our generous donors, selfless volunteers, partner government and non-government organizations, schools, corporations, and our Board of Directors. Together, we have made an impact and touched the lives of the abused street girls.

Mercy Cabrillas Center Director

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Total Number of Girls Served from January to December 2011 Number of Girls Served from January to December 2011, per Quarter


Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4

5 7 7 4

17 16 20 21

6 2 6 4

0 0 0 0

16 21 21 21

22 23 27 25

Number of Girls discharged from January to December 2011 Category of Discharge Referred to Other Long Term Centers Returned to Family Returned to Referring Party Left without Permission TOTAL Q1 2 1 1 1 5 Q2 1 2 2 0 5 Q3 0 1 1 4 6 Q4 0 1 3 0 4 TOTAL 3 5 7 5 20


Total Number of Re-admissions from January to December 2011 Age Range Age
7 8 9 10


Jan-Mar ‘11
1 1 0 1

April-June ‘11 July-Sept ‘11 Oct-Dec ‘11
0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0

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11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 23

2 4 1 4 2 2 2 1 1

1 3 4 6 5 0 2 0 1

2 2 8 4 4 2 2 0 1

3 3 4 6 2 3 2 0 1

Total / Quarter





Client Category CATEGORY SC/SA SC/A SC/PA SC/SA/PA SC/SA/PA/SAb SC/SA/SAb SC/SA/A SC/PA/SAb CB/SA SC/SA/CICL SC/SAb/N SA/SAb/SA/PA/N SC/PA/A SC/PA/N Total Q1 2 1 2 2 2 6 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 22 Q2 4 0 7 0 3 2 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 23 Q3 7 0 7 0 3 2 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 27 Q4 4 0 3 0 4 2 3 0 1 1 0 6 0 1 25


Sexually Abused Physically Abused Prostituted Street Children Community Based Neglected Substance Abuse Abandoned Children in Conflict with The Law

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Admissions For 2011, there were a total of twelve (12) newly admitted girls referred by partner organizations (both government and non-government). Of the twelve new admissions, ten (10) were referred by street educators of Childhope Asia Philippines. Referrals/Reunification/Discharge There were eleven (11) girls discharged this year for varied reasons, 45% of them have chosen to reunite with their families. There were four (4) referrals to other centers for 2011. Two girls were referred to ACAY in Balanga City, Bataan for long-term placement. One girl was referred to SOS Manila, another girl was referred to St. Mary’s in Tagaytay City. Home Visitations The social workers were able to facilitate in two hundred eight (208) home visits aimed at the following: 1) To review the girl’s family background; 2) To observe family relationships; 3) To assess the home environment for possible family re-integration; 4) To strengthen family relationships through counseling; 5) To provide the opportunity to re-establish the relationship of the child with her family. Some of the girls preferred to go to the mall with the assigned social worker while those without a mother or both parents visited for two days at the monitoring board member’s residence in Paco, Manila. After Care Services and Follow-ups Eight (8) girls previously referred to other centers continued to be visited and monitored by their social worker as part of their after care services. Four girls (4) who were referred to other longer term Centers in Bataan, Tagaytay and Alabang were monitored for their performance in formal schools. The Center provided toiletries and school supplies such as school uniforms, shoes, bags and materials to three of the girls. Three girls (3) were followed up through phone or home visits by the Center Director. The social workers coordinate with a street educator for updates on a girl who was reported to be seen in his area in Divisoria/Baseco area.

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A. Home Life Assistance Residential care All street girls admitted to the Center were assisted in a substitute “home life/ home care” environment. All girls were provided with their basic needs such as food, clothing, medicines, shelter and loving substitute parental care. All girls are taught proper hygiene, household chores and good manners and right conduct. Their daily activities which include doing household chores are closely supervised and monitored by the program and childcare staff with the help of some volunteers. The challenges and learning opportunities that the girls A childcare staff (house parent) teaches and the girls in doing household encounter during activities and residential life are processed supervises chores such as cooking meals by the Center’s social workers to allow each girl opportunities to develop and apply skills and experience growth in their journey toward recovery from the trauma they have experienced from sexual and physical abuse. Health and dental services The following medical and dental services were also provided to meet the specific needs of each girl: 1. Psycho therapy consultations and psychiatric medications 2. Psychological evaluations and sessions conducted by two part time clinical psychologists and psychologists of Metropolitan Hospital 3. Lung X-ray and PTB medications for those who needed treatment. To ensure full recovery, the girls who needed medication were sent for regular check-ups. 4. Pedia OB Gyne check up 5. Tooth Extraction, Cavity filling, Flouride Application and Brace Adjustment 6. Medical Consultation, Emergency Room Services and hospital confinement

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The girls were sent for medical and dental services to the following hospitals/ clinics/ institutions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Philippine General Hospital Philippine Children’s Medical Center Lung Center of the Philippines Philippine Heart Center Best Diagnostic Laboratory 6. INAM 7. Tala Leprosarium 8. Veterans Medical Memorial Hospital 9. Metropolitan Hospital 10. Clinic of Dr. Paulito Lim

The girls received free health and medical services from three partner foundations: 1. Tsu Tzi Foundation 2. P2P Sagip Foundation 3. Arts of Living 4. Dr. Harvey Carpio, a medical doctor from Childhope Asia Philippines provided voluntary medical check-up once a month at the Center. Psychological and Psychiatric Service All abused street girls under the care of the Center were provided with appropriate psychological and psychiatric consultation and treatment by the Center’s social workers and a team of part time clinical psychologists and psychiatrists. The types of Psychological and Psychiatric Services provided by TSL and the number of street girls who were assisted are reflected in the table below: Types of Services Provided Individual Counseling Group Counseling / Group Meeting Psychological Evaluation Individual Therapy Session Group Therapy Session Group Dynamics Psychiatric Evaluation Psychiatric Consultation and Treatment Number of Girls Assisted 33 33 5 27 27 27 3 20

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Individual and Group counseling sessions and group meetings were conducted by the Center Director and social workers among the girls to facilitate closer communication and resolution of conflicts, if there are any or to prepare some of the girls for transfer to other centers. Counseling sessions facilitate better communication among the girls, resolution of conflicts and to process difficulties and current changes in their lives. The girls also participate in adjunctive therapy sessions conducted within the Center. All girls attended drama therapy workshops conducted once a week by a volunteer facilitator. Five girls were taught to play the guitar.

Girls hand paint t-shirt during one session of art therapy.

B. Educational Assistance Non formal education/ Alternative Learning System (ALS) Regular classes were conducted for all the learners attending the Non Formal Education - Alternative Learning System in the center. Levels of Literacy for the year of 2011 (total number served as per end of each quarter): Educational Level Secondary Advanced Elementary Lower Elementary Basic Literacy QTR 1 4 7 5 7 QTR 2 7 4 2 6 QTR 3 1 10 4 5 QTR 4 1 10 4 5

Tutorial lessons were conducted by the school teacher, students from partner schools and individual volunteers. Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) exam on October 17, 2011 was taken by five of the girls regularly attending the ALS. The results of which will be announced in 2012.

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Alternative education sessions were conducted by resource and volunteer facilitators among the girls at the Center to help them learn more about their rights, develop life goals and positive behavior, gain knowledge on how to protect their selves from abuse. The following are the topics on Alternative Education conducted in the Center included: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Adolescent Sexuality, Skills for Life, Values Education and Gender Sensitivity . All girls went to the following places for educational field trips 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Museong Pambata The Lights and Sound Museum Forbes Park for the CEO Christmas Party with HSBC Pres. Tony Cripps Manila Zoo National Museum

Value Clarification and Spiritual Formation The girls continuously offered their morning praise, sharing and reflection and evening prayers which were closely monitored by Social Worker/house mother on duty. The girls also attend Sunday Mass either at the parish church inside the village or at St. Peter church. A part-time resource person on Catechesis and Values formation conducts twice-a-week sessions to prepare girls to receive the sacraments of initiation and to guide girls to sustain their relationship with God and with others. Attendance in these sessions is all on a voluntary basis. The girls attended healing mass in Christ the King Seminary every first Saturday of the month and occasionally in Buklod ng Pag-ibig. C. Socio-cultural Assistance Sports and recreational activities The Center continues to facilitate sports and recreation services among all girls at the Center. These activities aim to promote fun and relaxation among the girls and are provided in partnership with various individual, student and corporate volunteers and partner donors and organizations. Among the sports and recreational activities conducted were as follows 1. Group outing to malls and parks within Metro Manila 2. Volleyball lessons at the Village Court
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3. Soccer and Badminton in the Center 4. Fiipino Games (Patintero etc.) 5. Two-day spiritual retreat at a secluded convent in Quezon City

D. Livelihood assistance Skill training and Income Generating Project (IGP) The ALS Instructional Manager, Center’s social worker and art therapy teacher and individual and corporate volunteers facilitated different skills training and income generating projects among all the girls. One donor of Tahanan Sta. Luisa paid for the services of a sewing teacher, who conducted sewing classes three times a week. The girls are taught how to sew cloth bags, rags and basic clothes. Adjunctive Therapy sessions under the supervision of a volunteer artist also become an income generating session as the girls come up with works of art.

This year, more than five hundred individual local volunteers and several fulltime foreign volunteer conducted indoor and outdoor activities for the girls. These volunteers who were mostly students from partner schools and personnel of a partner corporation conducted activities that included skills trainings and workshops, socializations, tutorial sessions, get-togethers, arts and crafts, sports and recreation and private parties. Skills Acquired by the Girls through Volunteers 1. Voice Lessons from a professional voice coach 2. Arts and Crafts (greeting cards, mask painting, bracelet making) 3. New dance steps and songs 4. Basic Math Skills through Tutorial Sessions 5. Basic English Skills through Tutorial Sessions 6. Teambuilding through games 7. T-shirt painting 8. Soap making 9. Guitar Playing 10. Pro-Social Skills

Trainings/ Seminars and Demonstrations 1. Basic Social Etiquette 2. Theater Arts Workshop 3. Dance Workshop 4. Sessions on Rights of Children, Gender Sensitivity, Adolescent Behavior and Protective Behavior and Skills for Life
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Donations in cash and in kind were received from individuals, organizations and corporations. Monetary and in-kind donations were received from international and local donors: Five (5) International Donors, and one hundred thirty nine (139) local / individual / corporate / foundations / organizations Donors. Tahanan Sta Luisa was placed as the second most liked NGO for students and professionals in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and other European country through our close relations with World Activity Philippines and Kulture Life International.

Management and Safekeeping of Donations Donations of dried food and canned goods are stocked in the stock room for safe keeping. These help to meet the high cost of food requirements of the girls. The staff distribute clothing and toiletries as the need arise. The staff monitors the distribution of donations.

The Center has been active in widening the partnership network of the Center to help sustain its programs and services. For the year 2011, the staff attended the following: Ms. Mercy Cabrillas and Ms. Evelyn Aguilar attended recognition program conducted by Ateneo-NSTP Plus at Ateneo de Manila on April 2, 201. Ms. Evelyn Aguilar attended seminar on “Ehem” Anti graft and corruption seminar workshop conducted at Ateneo de Manila on April 9, 2011 Ms. Mercy and Nellen attended the training of Abaka ,ERDA conducted at Grand Opera Hotel on April 14 to 16, 2011. Ms. Luzviminda Lopez and Evelyn Aguilar participated the training on positive discipline facilitated by Lunduyan Foundation through Plan International. The said training was held at Norfil Foundation on June 18 to 19, 2011. CPU Net Annual Conference “Ako Para Sa Bata: The Manila Conference on the Emotional Health of Your Child” from December 2-4 at the SMX Convention Center
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RMU attended the Social Entrepreneur Luncheon sponsored by the British Council and Go Negosyo Inc. in August 2011. Christmas program in Childhope Asia Philippines, CHAP Office.

A full – time psychologist, Ms. Leah Santiago was hired to facilitate consistent sessions with the girls for their faster recovery and possible referral to a longer term center. SW Nora who was hired during the third quarter also left. Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Rhea was asked to temporary cancel her services due to budgetary constraints. Volunteer clinical psychologist and art therapy volunteer facilitator Alma Quinto were also asked to suspend their services until further notice also due to budget constraints. Reliever social workers and house parents have been also asked to temporarily to stop their services to Tahanan Sta. Luisa.

Tahanan Sta. Luisa continues its active involvement and participation in different networks (government and civil society organizations) that promote the rights of children, especially street and girl children. Through networking and coordination with different groups (government, civil society groups, business establishments, local corporations) and individuals, Tahanan Sta. Luisa is able to access resources to help address the needs of the girls at the Center, as well as generate funds and supporters/volunteers.

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