- 7 million children are victims of sexual violence each year (CWR)
- 98% of child sexual abuse victims are female (Child Protection Network, 2015)
- 1.5 million children are left to themselves, living in the streets of Manila
AREAS OF INTERVENTION
we set up in the country
projects in progress
OUR ACTIONS IN THE FIELD
In 2018, 16.7% of the population was living on less than $2 a day, compared with 21.6% in 2015 and 26.6% in 2006. Manila has more than 28.6 million inhabitants (2021), with over 4% annual population growth. This growth leads to huge problems: pollution and a lack of health, social, educational and public transport infrastructures, etc.
Additionally, many children, especially in urban areas, live in very precarious housing, and more than a million children live on the streets. They are victims of discrimination and are naturally more exposed to different forms of physical, moral and sexual violence: 18 cases of sexual abuse are reported every day, and around 3 out of 4 children experience corporal punishment.
Currently, Asmae provides financial and skilled support to our partners in 3 projects. We have multiple objectives in the fields of prevention and care for at-risk children, support through adolescence, support for children with disabilities, and the prevention of school drop-out and underperformance:
- Improve children’s access to education by supporting programmes that favour schooling and education for different communities, e.g. children from the streets, from slums, with disabilities etc.
- Focus on projects linked to children’s rights: fight against mistreatment and encourage the participation of youth in their communities;
- Fight against gender-based violence against youth and the sexual exploitation of children.