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Kanlungan sa ERMA
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Kanlungan sa Erma


What is Kanlungan sa ERMA?

      The word “Kanlungan” means sanctuary or refuge. ERMA stands for Ermita-Malate, the former red light district areas.

            It is…


·        A Christ-centered organization founded on God’s love to serve children and families in need.

·        Composed of dedicated staff ministering and serving faithfully, guided by the value of unity, love, faith in God, commitment, open communication, humility, justice, respect, acceptance, hard work, zealousness, generosity, honesty, flexibility and teamwork.


It  is  a  non-stock, non-profit  child  caring  agency  serving children-in-need of special protection in the Ermita and Malate areas. 

It was established in January 1998 in response to the growing menace of abuse and exploitation among street children.

It is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of men and women who understand social responsibility and justice, men and women who are committed and dedicated to serve the less fortunate children.

It is registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and is licensed by the DSWD.

It is a member of the following networks:

·        NCSD

·        PHILCADSA

·        MWN-CNSP

·        PCMN

·        USMI

·        DDB-LAC


Our Goals and Objectives


1.      Accelerate awareness upon the child and families-in-need that  they  are  of value, thus  creating  interest  to  develop physical, emotional, social and spiritual being.

2.      Reconcile the child of God, his/her family and the community.

3.      Bring about changes in the living condition of the children and families-in-need  in  the  areas  of  health, and   education and values.

4.      Provide skills training and income opportunities for children and families-in-need.

5.      Encourage participation in the children’s families, community and other segments of society towards establishing a safe and healthy environment from which the children can derive a meaning in life.

6.      Promote  and  develop  empowered children to become partners, advocates and leaders in improving the lives of other children-in-need.

7.      Utilize and mobilize internal and external resources to generate  funds  for sustainability of the programs and services.

8.      Ensures that the staff receives and care, nurture and appropriate training for effective and relevant service delivery.

9.      Promote and encourage active participation among children and staff in the planning, implementation and program development.


Our Programs & Services


    Kanlungan sa ERMA adopts a holistic approach, with the following programs and services:


A.     Street Education

                                                               i.      Helping relationship with the child starts in the streets: provision of on-site services in the streets (first-aid, counseling, health education, recreational activities, referrals, organizing street dweller group, working with street families and mobilizing communities against child abuse and neglect);

B.     Drop-In/Temporary Shelter-Malate, Manila

                                                               i.      Located at 1625-A F. Agoncillo St., Malate, Manila with Tel# 526-1733; provides protection, temporary shelter, feeding, basic health services, referrals, crisis and psycho-social intervention, case management, informal education, skills training and income generating activities and training of Junior Health Workers (JHW);

    Drop-In Center-Tunasan, Muntinlupa City

                                                               i.      Located at 2nd floor, Aragon Commercial Building, Parkhomes Complex, Tunasan, Muntinlupa City; provides daytime services such as feeding, basic health services, alternative and values education, referral services, crisis intervention and initial case management;

    Residential Care & Training Center, San Pedro, Laguna

                                                               i.      Located at No. 13 Sta. Maria St., Phase 1-B, Block 5, Lot 5, Pacita Complex Subdivision, San Pedro, Laguna  with  Tel# 847-6598;  provides  home environment for the child’s character development, home for the orphaned, abandoned, neglected and abused children; provides residential and skills training activities, formal and alternative education, psycho-social interventions and expressive therapies, and case management.

    After Care

                                                                i.      It involves extension services to children who have been  reconciled  with  their  families  such  as educational assistance, responsible parenthood training, family counseling, livelihood assistance and case management.
    Conducting  social  awareness  seminars  to  churches,  schools,  law enforcement  agencies  and  other  civic  organizations;  mobilizing  and organizing  volunteers;  training  of  junior  advocates; musical advocacy through the Kanlungan Children's Chorale.