first step is to reach out to the kids. Happy Horizon's Outreach teams, provide
street children with emergency medical care, counseling, non-formal education,
and friendship. The children are then encouraged to leave the streets and seek
further assistance at our Crisis Centers. Happy Horizon's goal is to get
the children off the street -- not to provide food and clothing whilst they are
on the street. The Outreach Team works with hundreds
of street children
each year in each of the major areas serviced.
Horizons works with a number of Shelters, which provide the children with a
structured and supportive environment. In the
Crisis Centers, they are fed,
clothed, given a clean bed, diagnostic and medical
treatment, educational and vocational training, security, and most important of all -- love and hope. In
addition, all are provided with drug counseling. Boys and girls take shelter
every night in each of the Crisis Centers. Only about half of those who enter
the Crisis Centers initially stay more than a couple of nights.
About half of the children who return to the streets will eventually re-enter Crisis Centers for an average stay of a few months. There, they actively participate in a development plan -- setting attainable goals for their short-term and medium-term future. Children also participate in non-formal educational activities, which prepare them for the public school system. Once the children become more stable, they move on to the next stage.
long range plan for Happy Horizons is to provide a Transition Home that helps
children develop long-range goals and inspire
a desire for an independent and
productive life. After their stay at Happy Horizons Children's Ranch, they will
continue to be assisted with furthering education, job
training and job placement to make sure theirs is a Happy Future.
Perhaps the most important step in the arduous journey from despair to self-sufficiency involves residency in the Children’s Ranch where children are nurtured by a carefully chosen team of counselors who try to replicate a positive family environment. It is in such a setting that children learn to bond with a surrogate family while pursuing further educational or professional opportunities. Happy Horizons’ goal is to operate Children’s facilities throughout the Asia Pacific area, caring for both boys and girls. The children remain at the Ranch until their eighteenth birthday or until they have completed their education. When the children leave the home as young adults, they have vocational and life skills indispensable for independent living. They are encouraged to pursue formal education or more advanced job training.