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There is a growing awareness and concern for the plight of children around the world today. The ratification of the 1990 United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child exerted pressure on governments and societies to secure and protect the rights of children around the world. In the Philippines alone, statistics on human rights violation on children have been significantly recorded to reach beyond a normal understanding. The Department of Social Welfare and Development, a Philippine government agency, reported 18,542 incidents on child abuse from 1991–September 1998. Even the more basic children's rights have been continuously violated without the benefit of justice. As a result, the rights of children to a decent life and adequate education have not been given emphasis nor due recognition.


A large number of these Filipino children are caught in a vicious cycle of abuse, exploitation, cruelty, conflict, neglect, abandonment, delinquency, and parental negligence. Thus, the urgent need to restore and protect these basic children's rights cannot be ignored.


Although several institutions and organizations have already began to make initial contributions to provide these children with decent homes, educational opportunities, and proper formation and guidance, the dilemma still exists.


In 1994, "Fil-Mentoring, Inc."  was  formally  organized  as  a  non-profit  &  voluntary organization involved in propagating Mentoring schemes and develops supplemental learning  particularly  for  the  Filipino  street  children. Composed  of  mostly  young professionals,  "Fil-Mentoring, Inc."  was  created  with  a  vision  of  providing these children  with  adequate  skills  in  enhancing  their  God-given  talents, at  the  same time, monitor and guide their  academic progress. "Fil-Mentoring, Inc." also seeks to assist  other  institutions  and government or non-government  agencies involved with street children, in setting up Mentoring programs that could result in the establishment of a national forum for research on effective Mentoring schemes and programs.


"Fil-Mentoring, Inc."  intends  to  strengthen  and  expand  its  membership  base  to encourage  other  government  and  non-governmental  organizations  to  adopt and develop Mentoring as a solution to the problem of street children.


"Fil-Mentoring, Inc." serves as a link between education and the community. It initiates and  promotes  a  wide rage of activities to children in all areas of education and skills development. Ultimately, all "Fil-Mentoring, Inc." projects are geared towards the same common  aim:  transforming  and  molding  these  children  to  become  a  successful, confident, self-reliant, and independent adult.




"Fil-Mentoring, Inc." seeks to supplement the efforts of government in reawakening

 the cultural awareness, environmental consciousness, and provision of non-formal education and basic/literacy education for various target groups irrespective of their age, creed, gender, race, tribe, geographical  location, and  political  or  religious orientation.

"Fil-Mentoring, Inc." further aims to work closely with individuals and organizations here and  abroad  to  enhance  training  and  improve  the  content  and  delivery  of cultural, environmental, functional, health, literacy, and nonformal educational needs.




In   recent years, Mentoring  programs  emerged  in  many  countries as  an  effective response to  the  plight  of the youth. Mentoring schemes have expanded rapidly with increasing  number  of  students, young  professionals, as  well  as, adult  volunteers unselfishly  giving  their  time  and  effort  to  help  these  young people in institutions, schools, community agencies, and  in  their  own  respective localities. What, then, is Mentoring?


v     Mentoring involves volunteers who assist in institutions, community agencies, churches, and schools on a sustained and systematic basis. These mentors act as a resource to the coordinator, director, housemothers, and teachers who usually work individually or with small groups in helping these street children with their activities and relating them to the "outside world."

v     Mentors are more than role models. They initiate activities that persuade and motivate these children to value education and view it as an instrument to alleviate their present economic and social situation. They inculcate in them the message -- "be as you can be" rather than just "be as I am."

v     Mentoring, likewise, involves a higher level of personal commitment than mere conventional tutoring. Mentoring programs can take place in schools, community agencies, business establishments, churches, colleges and universities.


Volunteer-mentors  and  mentees  develop  a close and profound relationship as they work together hand in hand in social, cultural, recreational, community service projects, or any other program or activity.




Presently, "Fil-Mentoring, Inc.  concentrates on alternative classroom activities with a composition of 50 active member-volunteers. In the coming years, we hope to reach out  to  as  many  street  children  as  possible  and  initiate  projects  for   training, scholarships, technical assistance, research and information services.

Furthermore, we  are  at  the  stage  of  expanding  our  Mentoring  program  to other organizations  that  are,  likewise,  involved with street children. We intend to assist in child/youth  development  and  organization  and  help  establish  a national forum for research  and  effective  practice  on  Mentoring  and  create  a  national, if not global, awareness to this problem.