Laura Vicuña Foundation, Inc.

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The Laura Vicuña Foundation, Inc. which was organized in 1990 is a noble partnership between the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (more popularly known as the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco) and some distinguished lay professionals/collaborators to address the needs and problems of streetchildren. The Foundation aims to ensure continuity and convergence of educational and development interventions to empower children to become honest, productive and self-reliant Christian citizens. It has evolved an integrated development program called the JOURNEY OF HOPE

Vision
A dynamic Christian and self-sustaining social welfare organization committed to effectively transform children to their fullest potential, empowering them to become honest, highly motivated, productive and self-reliant members of the family, community and society
 
Mission
Develop comprehensive and integrated program for children towards capability building and self-reliance;
Empower children and families in making responsible and informed decisions on the basis of their sound value-convictions, rights, opportunities and obligations;
Develop public awareness on the conditions of children and youth towards building social responsibility and commitment;
Work in collaboration with the members of the educating community and support the network of institutions working for the care, protection, education and rehabilitation of children

Goals

Building up the capability of children in difficult circumstances for productivity and meaningful lives.  

Target beneficiaries – Categories of children to be assisted are streetchildren, sexually abused, urban poor and working minors.

General Objectives

To stimulate public awareness and draw attention to the needs and problems of children in difficult circumstances.

To establish relationships between the individual child and his/her family and environment, and awaken and stimulate in them the deep motivation and desire to grow as normal persons.
 
To provide these children in crisis with immediate interventions and access to basic services.
 
To improve their levels of social functioning and improve their quality of life with their families.
 
To prepare them as young adults for employment and economic self-sufficiency through skills training and assistance in finding job placements or self-employment in income-generating projects, and
 
To facilitate their re-integration in their own homes, foster placement or temporary residential care in the Laura Vicuña Center.
 
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