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Virlanie Foundation

MakatiSince 2016 the Emirates Airline Foundation supports the Philippines-based Virlanie Foundation, which cares for children in need of special protection - those who are among the poorest of the poor, the abandoned, abused, exploited, neglected, and orphaned. The Virlanie Foundation was established in 1992 by Dominique Lemay, a French social worker, with the help of his Filipino friends. Through its various programmes and services, the Virlanie Foundation strives to build a better future for these children by "giving back their smiles."

Virlanie Foundation

Currently, Virlanie operates eight children’s homes that are divided into three clusters. Each cluster is designed for specific age groups to meet the different needs of the children - Babies and Young Children, Young Adults and Children with Special Needs. Most of Virlanie’s children homes are located in Makati City, close to Virlanie’s head office. Virlanie also has a children’s home in Dasmarinas, Cavite.

As soon as a child is entered in one of the Virlanie Homes, he or she will be provided with various services and programmes to help empower him or her to live life to the fullest. This continues until the child eventually moves out of Virlanie through family reunification, adoption, foster care, or independent living. Each stage of the empowerment process is based on three poles: social work, education, and psychology. These work hand in hand to strategically guide the development of each child.

The Residential Programme provides the children a home where they can feel secured, loved and taken care of through Virlanie’s unique family approach. The children are provided with their basic needs such as food, clothing, education, and healthcare. The house parents and house aunts are in the home 24/7 to guide them every step of the way.

Virlanie also reaches out to children and families in the streets through its various Outreach Programmes. There are also programmes for poor communities in Metro Manila and the provinces. These programmes provide health care, education, housing assistance, and other basic services.

Virlanie Foundation

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