In Stairway's footsteps: Visiting old clients

April 2015

On a mission to visit several of Stairway's clients years after they have left the program, one volunteer, accompanied by Stairway's social worker, gets to see firsthand how some old clients are faring years after leaving Stairway.  Read his story below.

We leave with the boat early in the morning and Ate Donna, one of Stairway’s social workers, leads us effectively too and through Manilas crowded streets. We are on our way to meet Rhodel who is a former street child and just completed Stairways residential program in 2014. Anita, who is doing her internship at Stairway, is also joining us.  We are both full of impressions from the busy Manila before we even reach our first meeting, travelling by train, jeepny and tricycle. The streets are suddenly narrow and winding. The houses are a low and irregular patchwork of available building materials. We stop at an abraded gate and are immediately greeted by Rhodel’s little brother. He has a big smile and prying eyes.

Stairway signs Memorandum of Agreement with DepEd

April 2015

Access to the internet by children and young people increases exponentially, so does the need for heighten awareness and education about online safety.  Stairway Foundation has entered into a formal agreement with the Department of Education through the CyberSafe program to jointly create a Philippine web based portal for Online safety.

The lack of integrating online safety lesson in schools is an admitted gap right now within the Philippine education system. With this in mind, Stairway Foundation has entered into a formal agreement with the Department of Education through the CyberSafe program.

Music Everywhere: MSO visits Stairway

April 2015

Keeping music alive everywhere, the Manila Symphony Orchestra introduced Stairway kids and the local community to the beauty and appreciation of classical music.

Living up to there motto: Music Everywhere, 12 members from the Manila Symphony Orchestra visited Stairway last April for their teacher training and outreach program.  During the day, MSO music teachers taught the rudiments of violin playing to the SFI kids, while at night they mesmerized the Stairway community with their impeccable musical talents.

Thank you, MSO!

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Break the Silence national core group meet in SFI

April 2015

With a purpose of inspiring Break the Silence Program Partners to strengthen the National Network for Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention (CSAEP), Stairway held a 3-day session last April 7-9, 2015.

Participated by eight (8) non-government organizations (NGO) and one (1) Local Government Unit, the activity focused mainly in describing and assessing the BTS operation in their respective areas of operation, and at the same time, defining the Break the Silence National Network’s purpose and objectives, membership and operational mechanism.

Manila street exposure with SFI interns

April 2015

Young adults who do internships or volunteer in Stairway are encouraged to take an exposure trip to Manila.  This exposure to the streets, gives them a broader outlook and deeper understanding of the children in our family home.  Read one intern's experiences below.

On Monday the 6th of April, four interns and two volunteers headed for an exposure trip to Manila with our guide. A former street child and now employed as a house father at Stairway. We were visiting his old neighborhood in Ermita area, where we had also booked our hotel rooms for the week. We left Stairway exited and full of expectations of what we were about to see. Personally, this was my third time in Manila, so I had an idea. I had seen the children and homeless people living on the street, so I felt prepared. However, this time was different. More personal, more direct contact with the people I usually just walk by.

Building a brighter future in Stairway

February 2015

Solenergy, a renewable energy systems engineering and solutions provider, teamed up with International School Manila to provide a solar power system custom-built for Stairway Foundation.  With Stairway's building expansion, solar panels are the ideal solution to cut costs produce substantial savings and protect the environment.

The new solar panels were partly financed through a donation by Solenergy and International School Manila.

Stairway farm recieves 4 new greenhouses

February 2015

The idea of growing bundles of fresh vegetables in an all organic fashion is very appealing, and the products we have been able to harvest and consume from our small organic farm project in Baclayan have been a valuable and delightful addition to our meals here at Stairway, and even more so at the local school feeding program in the mountain village.

However, the conditions for nurturing these beautiful nutritious plants to mature size can be extremely challenging.  

Stairway opens new training center

February 2015

As Break the Silence trainings become more known, the demand for trainings has grown significantly, thus was the need to upgrade the former terrace/training room above the admin building into a construction that could accommodate the growing demand for trainings. 

From terrace to air-conditioned training facility complete with up-to-date audio/visual equipment, Stairway celebrated the opening of the new training facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  In attendance were, Attorney Albert Muyot, the Undersecretary for Legislative and Legal Affairs from the Department of Education, along with 30 DepEd curriculum writers and two representatives from the United Kingdom National Crime Agency-Child Exploitation and Online Protection (NCA-CEOP), Nicole Hawkins and Jonathan Bagalley.   View images

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