Breaking the silence

March 2014

The fight against child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation has no rest—at least not for the amazing people involved in the Break the Silence project.  SFI advocacy officers, Nancy Agaid and Ace Diloy, along with Grace Estaban, project coordinator of the Break the Silence project, travel throughout the Philippines and the world facilitating trainings, giving presentations, and participating in a variety of forums.  The results of such hard work and dedication become manifest in organizations like Guanlandi Volunteer Service Programme (GSVP), who recently won the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations award for GSVP’s “Break the Silence’ project which gives a voice to deaf victims of physical and sexual abuse. 

Stairway wins Tabersagen

March 2014

Congratulations Stairway Denmark for winning the finals on Tabersagen, a Danish television series.  It is a kind of X-Factor for NGOs that compete for who has the most important “tabersag” or “loser case.”  Claus Abildgaard, Stairway Danmark’s fundraiser, represented Stairway in the competition.

Jose Gonzalez visits SFI

March 2014

This year's Malisimbo Music and Arts Festival was headlined by Jose Gonzalez, an accomplished Swedish indie folk singer/songwriter and guitarist.  Following the festival, Jose visited Stairway and had a tour of the center.

 

A peer motivator's home visit helps to put his Stairway experience into a new perspective

Rey D., 17, Peer Motivator, SFINovember 2013

Last week, Rey D., 17, a resident and Peer Motivator in Stairway, went to Manila on a home visit.  His story is a touching tale that reveals what he experienced while in the city and how it helped to put his stay in Stairway into perspective.

It’s a wonderful experience again to see my family even there is no changes in life style – still hard and poor.  I stayed in the small house of my brother who has a live-in partner already together with my other brother also.  So, we were four in the house which the space are not even enough for all of us.  On my first day, I sent a text message to my mother that I already arrived then, after 6 hours she appeared in our place.  From our conversation, I found out that she is living with someone who is jobless.  This situation makes me annoyed.  I had a spoken with my mother.  I told her to spend her that much better for her to spend her life with her children particular to our youngest that are living in Cavite under care of our maternal grandmother. During our conversation, it seems that my mother was not interested on my views ;(.  However, I took my 700.00 from my pocket and asked her to bring the money for my younger siblings in Cavite for their food which she did.

Love of photography helps Stairway trainer to cope with stress

November 2013

Ace Diloy is one of Stairway’s trainers in our Break the Silence program for the prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation.  His work often takes him on the road around the Philippines or to some far-flung place in the world.  It can be stressful at times, but Ace manages to cope through his love of photography. Read what he has to say.

Annual Stairway Hallowen Haunt a thrilling success

November 2013

Remnants of last week’s Halloween festivities can still be seen around Stairway. We celebrated the annual event with our traditional Halloween Haunt.  Staff and volunteers, dressed as every imaginable ghost and ghoul, lurked in the darkest recesses around Stairway and waited for the children.  Armed with just a flashlight, a map and a thirst for a thrill, the children sought out the different scary haunts and solved the many fun challenges.

Thank you Stairway staff, children, volunteers and friends for a haunting success!

Zamboanga City attacked by MNLF cause many families to flee their homes

November 2013

Known as the City of Flowers, Zamboanga City was attacked last September 9, by the Mindinao National Liberation Front (MNLF), which forced thousands of families to flee their homes.  SFI sent funds to our BTS partners in Zamboanga City to assist in relief operations. The funds will help to provide psychosocial activities to 50,000 children affected by the crisis and to help rebuild homes for families that were destroyed during the standoff.

Help is still needed.  We need your contributions.  Please click here to help

Health, hygiene and education

November 2013

On an average day one would find 20 to 40 children spread over 3 or 4 of the 5 classrooms at the elementary school in Baclayan.  Even during recess, the buildings seemed void of the kind of life and energy that characterizes any healthy functioning elementary school.  There were plenty of school age children in the community, but very few of them attended school on a regular basis.  This was back in 2011.  Today, the same buildings and classrooms ooze with energy and happiness from somewhere between 150 to almost 200 children.  Most of them attend class every day, except when weather conditions are too hostile.

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