The Families and Children for Empowerment and Development (FCED) Foundation, Inc.

continues its missions to facilitate integrated community development services among urban poor communities in Metro Manila. For FCED, every year that passes is an opportunity to make positive impact on the lives of community members. For the year 2011, FCED continues with its efforts to empower urban poor families, children, and youth to capacitate local community leaders, and provide livelihood and educational opportunities for them. FCED extends its sincerest gratitude to those who continuously support the organization’s programs and services. FCED is grateful to its partner donor organizations, partner non-government organizations, people’s organizations, Board of Directors, and individuals who share the same vision of FCED. With their support, FCED was able to reach out to urban poor families and children from Districts V and VI of Manila during 2011. As the year 2012 starts, we would like to share with you FCED’s activities and accomplishments during the year 2011.

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Table  of  Contents  
A.  Child  Advocacy  and  Protection  Program .......................................................................................................... 4   B.  Integrated  Community  Development  Program:  ChildFund  Philippines  Special  Project ................................. 6   B.1.  Bright  Child  Interventions  for  Secure  and  Healthy  Babies  who  are  0-­‐5  Years  Old  (BIBO)   ..........................6   B.2.  Learning  through  an  Enabling  Environment  for  the  Achievement  of  Development  (LEAD)........................7   B.3.  Participative  and  Educated  Youth  Empowered  as  Responsible  Adults  (PEER) ............................................9   B.4.  Advocating  Children’s  Rights  through  Intensified  Organizing  Work  for  Nation-­‐Building  (ACTION) ..........11   C.  Healthy  Start  –  Early  Childhood  Care  and  Development  (ECCD)  Program..................................................... 13   D.  Educational  Program ....................................................................................................................................... 14   D.1.  Educational  Assistance  Program ...............................................................................................................14   D.2.  Basic  Education  through  the  Alternative  Learning  System  (ALS)  Program................................................16   E.  Community-­‐Based  Recovery  Program  (CBRP) ................................................................................................ 18   F.  Livelihood  Program .......................................................................................................................................... 19   Directors  and  Staff ............................................................................................................................................... 20

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A. Child Advocacy and Protection Program
”Advocating children’s rights and building networks for child protection” FCED’s Child Advocacy and Protection Program, in collaboration with Childhope Asia Philippines and in partnership with Cordaid, mobilizes the community’s human resources for the protection of children and youth in the community. Through this program, community-based networks for child protection, called Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC), a mandated local government structure for child protection, are organized / strengthened. Community leaders are also trained and enabled to become proactive child advocates and protectors of children. The year 2011 marks an important development in the program, as FCED expanded its covered communities / barangays* from twenty-seven (27) to thirty-five (35) communities / barangays. That is, eight (8) expansion barangays were added to FCED’s project sites. These barangays are: Barangay 707 in Leveriza, Barangay 822 in Paco, Barangay 845, 852, and 865 in Pandacan, Barangay 649 in Baseco, amd Barangays 105 and 107 in Tondo. Through this program, two hundred thirty-four (234) community and barangay leaders and one hundred ninety-five (195) community and barangay leaders from the expansion barangays participated in orientation sessions on: • the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) • Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Child Abuse and Worst Forms of Child Labour Act • Republic Act 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Act • Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act • Child trafficking • Child pornography Additionally, one hundred thirty (130) community leaders and BCPC member-representatives were trained on BCPC Organizing. Also, eighty (80) community and youth leaders were trained to become child rights advocates. Through this improvement in the local community’s capacity for child protection, eleven (10) cases of children of children were acted upon. These include two (2) cases of child sexual abuse, four (4) cases of robbery / snatching, three (3) cases of child physical injuries, and one (1) case of minors living-in together. The children and youth’s needs for basic education and health are also addressed. For this year, FCED was able to facilitate the conduct of a basic education program through the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in eighteen (18) of their covered barangays through partnerships with Cordaid and the Educational Research and Development Assistance (ERDA) Foundation. Almost three hundred (300) out-of-school children and youth were able to pursue their basic education through the
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In the Philippines, ‘barangay’ is the smallest political unit or administrative division. It is a native Filipino term for ‘village’.

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said program. Moreover, a nutrition feeding program in partnership with Caritas Manila, Unilever, and Assosacion de Damas de Filipinas reached out to more than one thousand two hundred (1,200) undernourished children. The program also encourages and stimulates the youth into action. In 2011, two hundred sixty-two (262) youth participated in a leadership training program.

Livelihood opportunities are made available to communities through partnerships with other organizations. For this year, six (6) sewing machines were donated by the Supreme Court. Fifty (50) community members use these sewing machines for the rag-making project of their partner organization, Rags to Riches. Additionally, a livelihood training and showroom center is now available for the assisted barangays through a partnership with Accenture. 100% of the community members are presently involved in bag-making from recycled materials as part of the livelihood project in partnership with Accenture. Next year, FCED intends to intensify its efforts to capacitate communities to take the lead in the protection of their own children. This is particularly true for the eight (8) expansion barangays, where community leaders will undergo further training on BCPC organizing and management. The trained community leaders will have to take more responsibility and become more proactive when it comes to child protection in their own community.

B. Integrated Community Development Program: ChildFund Philippines Special Project
In accordance with the global direction of ChildFund Philippines, FCED as a partner organization implemented activities in four (4) core program areas presented as follows:. B.1. BRIGHT CHILD INTERVENTIONS FOR SECURE AND HEALTHY BABIES WHO ARE 0-5 YEARS OLD (BIBO) “developing healthy mind and body” Through this project component, FCED is able to improve the access of communities to Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) services for children aged 24-59 months, and to enhance knowledge, attitudes, and behavior on ECCD. FCED’s accomplishments under this project component for the year 2011 are presented as follows. • Through their ‘Growing Great Kids’ sessions, FCED reached out to three hundred ninety-six (396) children ages 0-3 years old from nine (9) barangays, namely Barangay 821, 823, 824, 826, 828, 844, 849, 850, and 853. These sessions are conducted by parent volunteers to stimulate child development according to the child’s age and needs. Through supervised neighborhood play (SNP) growth stimulating sessions, FCED reached out to four hundred forty-nine (449) children from eight (8) barangays, namely Barangay 824, 825,

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826, 827, 844, 849, 850, and 853. Through the SNP’s “Me and My Community”, two hundred (200) children were also able to visit Manila Zoo and learned about different kinds of animals. • • • Learning materials were distributed among nine (9) barangays, namely Barangay 821, 823, 824, 842, 843, 844, 849, 850, and 737. Three hundred and eighteen (318) parents joined parenting sessions. Through these sessions, parents learn of techniques on how to manage and properly care for their children. The ChildFund workers referred parents to the Nutrition Education sessions conducted by community leaders and the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC).

B.2. LEARNING THROUGH AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF DEVELOPMENT (LEAD) “confident and educated children” The goal of this project component is to develop confident and educated children in the covered communities for a successful transition to the next life stage. FCED’s accomplishments under this project component are as follows: • Three hundred and one (301) child participants joined learning reinforcement sessions conducted by student volunteers from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Philippine Normal University, and volunteer ChildFund child leaders. These volunteers conduct tutorial sessions on Reading, English, Science, and Mathematics among children whose grades in the said learning areas were below 80%. Socialized assistance among the beneficiaries in the form of uniforms and meal and transportation allowance. This year, seven hundred and thirty (730) beneficiaries received uniforms, while a total of one thousand eight hundred and nineteen (1,819) ChildFund beneficiaries received meals and transportation allowance. The project’s child beneficiaries participated in child development sessions. During these sessions, topics such as dengue awareness, environmental protection, skills for life, selfawareness, and primary health care are discussed. These sessions are conducted by trained peer facilitators. This year, a total of forty (40) peer facilitators actively conducted child development sessions. The table below shows the total number of child participants who joined child development sessions for this year 2011. CHILD DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS Topics Number of Child Participants Film Viewing – Dengue Awareness and Tales of 500 Disaster Environmental Protection and Waste Management 263 Primary Health Care 734 Art Sessions and Values Workshop 381 Self-Awareness of Multiple Intelligence 453

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Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) •

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With the support of ChildFund, Skills For Life (SFL) sessions are conducted among children by parent volunteers. Through SFL sessions, children participants explore strategies and techniques to manage emotions, learn about positive thinking, and reflect upon their sense of ‘self’ and their life experiences. This year, a total of eight hundred and ninety-two (892) child participants joined SFL sessions. Every year, FCED celebrates Children’s Month in October. Through this celebration, parents are able to acknowledge their child’s development, while children are able to showcase their talents and skills to the community through dance, singing, and other contests. This year, a total of three hundred and fifty-eight (358) and sixty-three (63) adults joined the Children’s Month Celebration on 22 October 2011. Parenting sessions were also conducted to increase the parents’ awareness on the importance of education and positive child-rearing. Through these sessions, the meaning and significance of a family is discussed, parenting styles are explored, and parents learn about techniques and strategies for child-rearing and communication. This year, a total of four-hundred and eightyone (481) parents joined parenting sessions. These parents come from nine (9) barangays covered by FCED-ChildFund. Through FCED, barangay children’s associations were trained to conduct an orientation on children’s rights and responsibilities among the children and youth who live in their respective communities. This year, a total of ten (10) barangays conducted such sessions, with a total of three-hundred and ninety-three (393) child participants.

B.3. PARTICIPATIVE AND EDUCATED YOUTH EMPOWERED AS RESPONSIBLE ADULTS (PEER) “Youth involvement and skills development” This project component aims to enhance the capacity of the youth to become participative and productive members of society. FCED’s achievements through this project component for this year 2011 are presented as follows. • Job placement / referral services and training seminars for target youth were provided. o In partnership with Direct to Consumers (DTC), twenty-four (24) youth were referred for employment. Of the 24 youth, twelve (12) were hired. o Through DTC, fifty (50) youth were also trained on Work Values and Self-Enhancement. o In partnership with the Far Eastern University (FEU), Forty-two (42) youth were trained on Basic Consumers Electronics Course and Basic Building Wiring. o Seven (7) youth were trained on Resource Mobilization. o Ninety-two (92) youth joined leadership training sessions. o Forty-seven (47) youth joined the training on Financial Education and Micro-Enterprise Development

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o In partnership with Rags to Riches and coordination with Accenture, a total of thirty-five (35) youth were trained on rag production and weaving newspaper bags. o Forty (40) youth joined Creative Pedagogy workshops. • FCED-ChildFund assists seven (7) barangays with their Alternative Learning System (ALS) program. This year, one-hundred and twenty-nine (129) out-of-school youth joined the ALS recognition day. Among the ALS learners of FCED’s covered barangays who passed the Accreditation and Equivalency Test (A & E Test), two (2) were supported by FCED ChildFund. Through the efforts of FCED – ChildFund, eleven (11) youth, sixteen (16) parent leaders, and forty-eight (48) Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Officials joined the planning session on Disaster Risk Reduction. Additionally, thirty-four (34) youth joined the SK’s Community Clean-Up Drive. In organizing Children and Youth Associations among FCED covered barangays, twenty-eight (28) youth joined a Strategic Planning session, and thirty-two (32) youth joined an Organizational Assessment session. FCED – ChildFund supported youth also joined Youth Development Sessions. The following table presents the number of youth who joined Youth Development sessions for this year 2011. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS Topics Number of Youth Participants Adolescent Health and Sexuality 145 Primary Health Care 169 Conflict Resolution 55 Convention on the Rights of the Child 283 Environmental Protection 58 Peer Pressure 142 Motivation 25 Gender Sensitivity 59 • A total of one-hundred and sixty youth also joined Skills for Life (SFL) sessions. SFL sessions capacitate the youth to manage and control their emotions, enhance their level of selfawareness, and help them to develop a more positive outlook and perspective on life.

B.4. ADVOCATING CHILDREN’S RIGHTS THROUGH INTENSIFIED ORGANIZING WORK FOR NATION-BUILDING (ACTION) “Networking with communities promoting the development and protection of children”

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Through this project component, FCED-ChildFund was able to organize and strengthen the Association composed of the parent beneficiaries of the project. This Parents’ Association (PA) is nurtured and developed so that it will become a strong and sustainable organization / association promoting child development and protection. The accomplishments of FCED-ChildFund under this program component for this year, 2011 are as follows: • The Constitution and By-Laws of the Parents’ Association (PA) have been drafted by twelve (12) Organizational Officers. This was approved by the rest of the PA members during the association’s General Assembly, where three-hundred and eighty-two (382) parents out of four-hundred and sixty-nine (469) parents or 81.4% approved the drafted Constitution and ByLaws. Nine (9) Board Members and fourteen (14) Barangay Program Coordinators of the Parents’ Association were elected by four-hundred and sixty-four (464) PA members. They participated in the Board Education session. This session orients the parent leaders about their roles and functions as Board Members and Barangay Program Coordinators. It also helps them to understand the significance of the organizational structure and committee work. They also learned techniques on how to facilitate a meeting and grounding with members. Twenty-two (22) Board Members and Barangay Program Coordinators of the Parents’ Association participated in the Project Management Training on 26-27 November 2011. Through this training, the project cycle and processes were discussed. This training will help them when they are implementing projects of the Parents’ Association. Twenty (20) Board Members and Barangay Program Coordinators of the Parents’ Association joined the Area Strategic Planning Seminar – Workshop on 3-4 December 2011. From this training, the parent leaders learned how to conduct workshops focusing on eliciting the faces and roots of child poverty, prioritization, scanning of resources, and drafting programs and projects relevant to their communities. Thirty-two (32) parent leaders joined the session on Basic Health Education. After the training, the 32 participants conducted house-to-house visits in thirteen (13) barangays, and conducted and orientation on Community Health Awareness in eleven (11) barangays. The parent leaders of the Parents’ Association conducted an Orientation on Violence against Women and Children (VAWC). Six-hundred and forty (640) community members participated in the said orientation. Though this session, community members, learned about VAWC and how to properly respond to it. A total of one-hundred and seventy-nine (179) parents from nine (9) barangays joined Values Education sessions. Through these values education sessions, the parents were encouraged to reflect on their values and principles as caregivers to their children, and how these affect their children. A total of one-hundred and thirty-six (136) parents joined the training on rag-making from April to June 2011. Rags produced of standard quality were sold to “Rags to Riches”.

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Ten (10) parent leaders were trained on Anti-Corporal Punishment and Positive Discipline. Through this training, the parent leaders understood the negative effects of corporal punishment on children, and alternative and more positive ways to discipline children. These trained parent leaders are expected to conduct re-echo sessions in their respective communities.

C. Healthy Start – Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Program
“Growing healthy babies for their bright future” FCED believes that 0-5 years old is a crucial point in child development. This is why FCED, through their Healthy Start Program, implements activities for Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) for children who are three years old and below. For this year 2011, FCED was able to accomplish the following through the Healthy Start Program: • A total of seventy-five (75) children aged 0 to 24 months old were assisted. These children completed the Immunization Chart. Their weights and developmental stage are also monitored regularly to ensure that they are growing normally. Each of these 75 partner babies and their families has an Individual and Family Support Plan (IFSP). As of 2011, sixty-eight (68) out of seventy-five (75) or 90.6% of these families practice family planning. The 75 partner babies, together with their caregivers, joined child development sessions which stimulate their growth and positive development. Forty-nine (49) babies who needed medical attention received medical assistance. Some of the reasons for medical assistance included infections and high fever, among others. Livelihood training activities were also implemented among the partner parents to increase their capacity to support their children. Among the livelihood training sessions conducted this year, twenty-two (22) parents joined the training on Preparing and Packing Fabric Conditioner, thirty-two (32) parents joined the training on Reflexology, and twenty-one (21) parents joined the training on Pouch Bag-making. To encourage shared activities among our partner beneficiaries, FCED conducted a Christmas Celebration among its partner families in December 2011. The Partner Families prepared a presentation related to the spirit of Christmas. These presentations include singing and dancing. FCED – Health Start continuously builds linkages and networks with individuals and other government and civil society organizations. This year 2011, FCED networked with Caritas Manila, Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children (BCPC) of their covered barangays, Tondo General Hospital, Philippine General Hospital , Manila Doctors Hospital, Sta. Ana Hospital, Sta. Isabel College, Alay Kapwa, KABAKA, Concordia College, Shell Foundation, Kimluan Foundation, and Congresswoman Sandy Ocampo.

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D. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
D.1. Educational Assistance Program (EAP) “supporting children’s education, ensuring their future” FCED Foundation supports children and youth from urban poor communities who go to formal school through the Educational Assistance Program (EAP). Through this program, the schooling of children and youth who show willingness to learn, display good character, and perform responsibly are supported. For the school year 2011-2012, FCED was able to support the following number of children and youth through the EAP: EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Sponsors Number of Children and Youth Beneficiaries Deutsche Bank Singapore 300 Food For Hungry Minds 155 One World Foundation 36 Dra. Isabel Aleta and group 31 Mrs. Brenda Vigo and group 15 Hope for Children UK 13 (Walk to School Program) Couples for Christ 11 Mrs. Lourdes S. Zamuco and group 10 Atty. Aileen Cordero – Batac and group 9 Merryland 10 Future Initiatives 5 TOTAL 595 The sponsors and their child and youth beneficiaries meet each other through activities and festivities. For instance, the Couples for Christ met their sponsored children through a Christmas celebration, while Deutsche Bank Singapore representatives with the FCED-EAP workers visited and re-oriented their four-hundred and seven (407) sponsored children about EAP policies. Deutsche Bank Singapore also distributed school materials during their visit. Some of the EAP sponsors also joined the Children’s Month Celebration conducted on 28 October 2011, where the children and their parents surprised and entertained the sponsors with their Halloween costumes. Through these meetings, the EAP children and youth beneficiaries were able to showcase their talents in singing, dancing, drawing, painting, and even writing. This helps the sponsors and their friends see the potential in each of the EAP beneficiaries, and encourage them to continue to support these children. FCED – EAP workers also extended complementary assistance to EAP child and youth beneficiaries. One form of such assistance is the Remedial Program for EAP children and youth who are having difficulties with school. This year, forty-two (42) EAP beneficiaries who are in highschool and who are academically-challenged participated in the Remedial Program. The program was implemented for three (3) months, from July 2011 to September 2011. Through this program, the EAP beneficiaries

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reviewed lessons and subjects that they were having difficulties with. A culminating activity for the Remedial Program was conducted on 24 September 2011 to celebrate the children and youth’s improvement after participating in the program. Additionally, eighteen (18) EAP highschool students in their senior year participated in the Career Orientation session where they were given the opportunity to reflect on their abilities and talents and their career choice after graduating from highschool. Also, three-hundred (300) EAP beneficiaries underwent medical examination in partnership with Caritas Manila to ensure that their health is normal and that health problems do not block their learning. FCED-EAP also nurtures the children and youth’s talents. This year, fifteen (15) EAP beneficiaries participated in the month –long training on Folk Dancing in partnership with the University of the Philippines’ Pahinungod Manila (UP Pahinungod Manila). Strengthened and capacitated by this training, the EAP beneficiaries won the Grand Prize during the Folk Dance Competition 2012 conducted on 10 December 2011 at UP Manila Grounds. They won a total of PhP12,000.00, which were divided among them. Furthermore, to encourage children’s interest and participation in calisthenics, fifty (50) EAP beneficiaries viewed the Ballet Show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). The tickets for the show were distributed for free by the CCP to show their support for FCED’s cause. The parents of the EAP beneficiaries also participated in training sessions related to their roles as primary caregivers to their children. This year, to encourage positive parenting, the EAP social workers trained thirty-five (35) parents on Parent Effectiveness. This promotes the family as a nurturing and caring environment for the children. Additionally, thirty-five (35) parents were also trained on Community-based diseases to enable and capacitate them to respond to ailments that may afflict their children.

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D.2. Basic Education through the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program “providing educational opportunities for out-of-school children and youth” FCED Foundation believes that educational opportunities should be provided to the underprivileged and underserved out-of-school children and youth in the urban poor communities. FCED believes that there are out-of-school children and youth who want to pursue their schooling but are unable to do so through the formal school system due to financial constraints in the family or due to their age, lack of confidence to join other children and behavior problems. This is the reason why the FCED Foundation provides these children and youth the opportunity to pursue their education despite various limitations through the Alternative Learning System (ALS). The ALS Program is accredited by the Department of Education (DepEd) and has been in operation for six (6) years, since 2006. From its inception, the program has reached out to almost threehundred (300) out-of-school children and youth from sixteen (16) urban poorest communities in Districts V and VI of Manila. Learning sessions are conducted twice a week at the Barnagay Hall or a community learning center. ALS sessions are facilitated by Instructional Managers (IM) who have been formally trained and accredited by the DepEd. The ALS uses modules to help the students learn about the subject matter. These modules use indigenous settings and examples that are related to the everyday life of the ALS learners. This, in turn, facilitates faster learning because the lessons utilize the experiences of the ALS learners. The table below shows that total number of ALS learners per barangay for 2011. ALS LEARNERS Number of ALS Learners 15 15 15 25 40 25 15 8 15 10 15 25 223

Barangay brgy 821 brgy 823/824 brgy 825/853 brgy 826,827,829 brgy 842 brgy 843 brgy 844 brgy 849 brgy 850 brgy 900 brgy 905 brgy 775 TOTAL

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For this year, one-hundred and forty-three (143) ALS Learners were qualified to take the Accreditation and Equivalency Test (A&E Test), a test that measures the aptitude of the learners to move on to the next educational level. Among these 143 ALS Learners who took the A&E Test, twenty-eight (28) or 19.6% passed the examination. To celebrate this success, an ALS Recognition Day was conducted by the FCED Foundation. One-hundred and twenty-nine (129) ALS learners joined the celebration, where the 28 ALS Learners who passed the A&E received awards. FCED – ALS Program works in conjunction with employing companies and livelihood skills training agencies to train ALS learners who are ready for vocational training or who want to go back to formal school. Out of the 28 A&E passers: • Seven (7) were referred to Child at Venture for the TEASE Training • Three (3) were referred to the Far Eastern University (FEU) for Basic Electronics Skills Training • Twenty (20) were referred to ASILO for the Basic Computer Training Course • Twenty (20) were referred to KABAKA for vocational training on computer repair and restaurant services Some of the ALS learners were referred for job placement: • Seventeen (17) were referred to SM Malls in partnership with Direct to Consumers • Two (2) were referred to Petron Gas Stations • Twenty-five (25) were referred to Manila Manpower Additionally, a total of six (6) ALS learners decided to go back to formal school and were referred to the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), Unibersidad de Manila (UDM), and the University of Manila. FCED – ALS Program provides adjunctive and supplementary support to the ALS learners. For this year, ninety-seven (97) high-risk youth were referred to the Educational Research and Development Assistance (ERDA) Foundation for appropriate interventions. Seventy (70) ALS learners also participated in the training on Active Non-Violence. Finally, fifty (50) ALS Learners participated in the orientation on Adolescent Health and Sexuality, where they were taught about physiological developments and sexual behavior during adolescence.

E. Community-Based Recovery Program (CBRP)
“Community-based solutions to the community’s health problems” FCED’s Community-based Recovery Program (CBRP) provides an alternative and sustainable intervention for the prevention and treatment of abused children and community members who abuse substances. The program uses ear acupuncture treatment as a detoxification procedure for those who abuse alcohol and drugs, as well as to treat common health disorders such as insomnia, migraine, dysmenorrhea, and other bodily pains. As of 2011, seven (7) trained ear acupuncturists actively visit eight (8) FCED covered barangays and perform ear acupuncture. The table below shows the number of community members who have benefitted from the program: COMMUNITY-BASED RECOVERY PROGRAM

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Barangay brgy 823 brgy 825 brgy 827 brgy 828 brgy 835 brgy 708 brgy 716 brgy 736 Total

Number of Beneficiaries 35 15 30 15 15 20 20 20 170

This year, twelve (12) additional community volunteers were trained to become ear acupuncturists. During their field training, they provided ear acupuncture services to two-hundred (200) community members. The program’s trained ear acupuncturists are also gaining a positive reputation. This year, seven (7) ear acupuncturists were invited by Barangay Payatas in Quezon City. Barangay 822 in Manila also invited seven (7) trained ear acupuncturists, where they issued ear acupuncture to twenty-five (25) community members. The feedback from the beneficiaries of the program is quite positive. Most report positive effects on sleep patterns, relaxation, decrease in craving for substances, and relief from body pains.

Livelihood Development Program
“Improving lives through livelihood opportunities” The Livelihood Development Program provides technical assistance and financial support among poor and low-income households in sixteen (16) barangays from Districts V and VI of Manila. The program aims to motivate community members into entrepreneurship, facilitating financial literacy and support for micro-enterprise or livelihood activities. This year, a total of two-hundred and twenty-six (226) savers participated in the Microfinance and Savings Program, amounting to two-thousand and one-hundred eighty-three (2,183) active savers. This means that there was a decrease in the number of savers, as there were 2,694 savers in 2010. This decrease in the number of active savers is attributed to the dropping-out of inactive clients. Nevertheless, the program was able to maintain itself and even outperformed last year as evidenced by the increase in the total amount of savings mobilized. The total savings mobilized for this year amounts to PhP2,131,121.26, an increase of 5.2% from last year’s total savings of PhP2,025,689.15. The savings mobilized continue to increase through regular income from fees, service charges, and interests from loans disbursed. This year, FCED was able to implement its “Skills to Succeed” Livelihood Program among their assisted barangays. This program is implemented in partnership with Accenture. Through this

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program, a total of eighty-five (85) mothers, ten (10) unemployed fathers, and eighteen (18) out-ofschool children and youth are trained to prepare products from recycled materials, such as bags, wallets, wine baskets, pouches, and others. Most of the products produced by the program beneficiaries are sold to the Gifts and Graces Foundation, which then sells the items to their clients. This project not only provides the families an alternative livelihood; it also helps sustain the environment, as they use recycled materials to prepare their products.

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DIRECTORS AND STAFF
Directors
Ms. Brenda S. Vigo
Board Chairman

Mrs. Erlinda Cordero
Treasurer

Ms. Pacita Sandoval
Board Member

Ms. Teresita L. Silva, MSW
President / Executive Director

Mrs. Lourdes Zamuco
Board Member

Ms. Ramona Wantin
Board Member

Ms. Bernardita Perlas
Board Secretary

Ms. Luz Consunji
Board Member

Ms. Love Gregorie Perez
Board Member

Staff
Executive

Food for Hungry Minds Ms. Robena Bongalan
FHM Social Worker

Ms. Teresita L. Silva
President / Executive Director

Ms. Lotus Cabrer
Assistant Executive Director

Livelihood Program Ms. Aileen Barrios
Program Manager

Administrative

Ms. Aileen Barrios
Administrative Officer / Bookkeeper

Mr. Niño Yumul
Account Officer / Cashier

Program Staff

ChildFund Supported Project Ms. Norilix Razalan
Program Manager

Advocacy/BCPC Program Mr. Severino Talavera
Program Manager

Ms. Mae Jcnym Meridian Estacio
Community Organizer

Ms. Roselle Amor Escabal Ms. Maria Jay Belgica
Community Organizers

Ms. Amelia Fajardo
Finance and Admin Officer

Educational Assistance Program Ms. Marilyn Gamboa
Program Supervisor / Coordinator

Mr. Jimmy Austria
M&E Officer / Cashier

Healthy Start Program

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Ms. Aiza Cabrera
Project Coordinator

Ms. Lorna Salen
Program Manager

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FCED Foundation, Inc.
Families and Children for Empowerment and Development Foundation, Inc.

“Empowering urban poor communities”

2290 President Quirino Avenue, Paco, Manila T: (+632) 561 – 6849 F: (+632) 562 – 6997 E: fcedfoundation@yahoo.com.ph W: www.fcedfoundation.org

Families and Children for Empowerment and Development (FCED) Foundation, Inc. | Annual Report 2011
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