Children in Slums program
1300 beneficiaries | 7 centers
Metro Manila is the most populous region in the Philippines and 3rd in the world.
An estimated 4 million people are informal settlers and nearly half of them are children, lacking food, health, education. Discover how we help them:
Countless children are incessantly falling ill due to the lack of access to basic health services and even treatable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, and measles, which are still among the leading causes of child deaths.
ANAK-Tnk’s maternal, newborn and child health care services are giving mothers and their babies a healthy start. These include activities, follow-ups, and monitoring of pregnant mothers, immunization monitoring of infants, preschool health check-ups and medical assistance. To ensure continued health of the children, parents undergo “MAPA’s” (MAma & PApa) classes where they are educated on basic health issues.
Malnutrition is also one of the leading causes of death among children. Latest Philippine data shows that 13.5 % of children populations are undernourished and in Metro Manila alone, estimated 200,000 children are wasting from hunger.
Three out of every ten Filipino children are malnourished.
ANAK-Tnk’s response to the problem is “Oplan Operation Timbang”: Food Supplemental Feeding and Nutrition Classes. Integrated Nutrition Services activities implemented in various ANAK-Tnk Childcare Centers and coverage areas that seek to rehabilitate undernourished children through indigenous, affordable and available means.
Around 8,400 barangays (municipal area) still lack even one daycare center, although a national law mandates one in every barangay.
To ensure that toddlers and preschool children from the slums have access to early childhood care and development services, ANAK-Tnk offers Early Childhood Education and Mental Feeding Services.
Family Follow-up activities
A survey is made in all families from the slums where the Foundation works in order to assist the family in assessing their basic priority needs and problems. Family Follow-up Activities are integrated in all of the aspects of the Urban Poor Community Children Program, including health, nutrition and education.