How you can partner with the Filipino community to create generational change.
Located in the heart of the urban slum lies a program made possible by people like you. The Alternative Learning System (ALS) program is run by our partner, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ).
FCJ runs a number of programs tailored to the community, breaking the cycle of poverty for families, starting with young mums.
The Alternative Learning System (ALS) program at FCJ provides a safe space for students like Ronita to attend classes several times a week and make up units for their Grade 12 Senior High School Diploma by doing projects and completing a portfolio of work.
FCJ runs programs that directly respond to community needs:
Literacy skills | Income generating activities | Doctor clinic | Technical education and skills development | Children play groups | Seniors group | Children's sport | House renovating
“Most of the time, the main reasons why many children did not have a chance to go to school is because of early pregnancy, being dropped out from formal school because of financial problems and broken families.”
Some live on as little as $10 a day
Caritas Australia’s partners in the Philippines, the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ), estimate that Ronita’s husband would earn under $10 a day. Living below minimum wage like this is the harsh reality for many families in the Philippines.
Through the alternative learning system run by FCJ, Ronita was able to graduate with her high school diploma and create a career for herself — increasing the household income for her family.
With your support, this transformation can be possible for many other families experiencing the depths of poverty in the urban slums of the Philippines.
When you partner with people like Ronita, you're supporting an entire community of young mothers.
FCJ's alternative learning system offers students the chance to continue their studies in a flexible, family-friendly environment. This means that if a young mother cannot afford childcare, they still have the opportunity continue their studies while raising their family instead of missing out on an education.
Together, we can support young mothers like Ronita to continue their education and graduate with a high school diploma.
Learn about stories from other communities.
Leaia from Samoa
Leaia's family in Samoa live in makeshift homes built from recycled scraps, with no access to piped water. She and her children had to walk long distances to collect water, which is then stored in old refrigerators.
Memory from Malawi
Growing up in Malawi, Memory had no choice over being born into a low-income family who rely on farming for survival, which is unreliable and left them vulnerable to food insecurity. Some mornings Memory had to walk to school bare foot.