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SOS Villages Philippines eyes new settlement
Davao City village success may spur refuge for abandoned kids in MindanaoPart of the SOS family during leisure moment in the park
- Manuel T. Cayon, Davao City
- January 24, 2011
The SOS Childrenâs Villages Philippines is a family-based child-rearing and child-minding service which has produced engineers, teachers and professionals, including a doctor Davao alone.
âMany have become [overseas Filipino workers]. We have also produced guidance counselors, and a dean of the information and technology unit at a school here,â said Leonilo N. Rivero, 37, himself a product of the Davao SOS Village and currently its director.
The village has been such a success, Helmut Kutin, the SOS Childrenâs Villages International president, said he is considering opening up another âoperationâ in Mindanao.
It may either be another village or an extension of this service, Kutin told ucanews.com.
Davao Village is one of eight SOS villages in the country, and the biggest. Itâs currently housing 190 orphaned and abandoned children in 14 family homes.
Each family is managed by a surrogate mother who takes care of raising the children under a ânormal big familyâ atmosphere, said Noel Tanucan, the SOS village educator.
Rivero said the village has also established a community program for poor families.
âPoverty is often the reason for abandoning children. So, why wait for families to disintegrate before you extend assistance?â he said.
The SOS village has been providing assistance to 215 families, with 624 children in and around Lanang village.
SOS villages were first established in the Philippines 43 years ago. Davao village began 13 years later, on a land donated by Davao archdiocese.
Rivero said SOS Villages Philippines is a non-religious organization âalthough it so happens that all our children are Catholic.â
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