Childhope Asia Philippines (CHAP)

Dell joins social work org in teaching street-children
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte

Dell announced recently that it has joined the advocacy of Childhope Asia Philippines (CHAP), a non-stock, non-profit social work network, by empowering street-children through basic schooling and computer learning. Located in the historic district of Paco, CHAP operates in the 20 most depressed areas around Metro Manila. As benefactor, Dell will provide hardware and software technology to be used in the classroom instruction.
“Our initiatives to support learning empower the youth by closing the technology gap and providing training in information & communication technology skills is all focused on improving, enhancing and jumpstarting learning for life. By placing state-of-the-art technology into underserved communities and working with non-profit organizations, our action helps young people discover new possibilities, change their lives, and unleash their true potential,” declared Richard Teo, CEO for Dell Int’l Services
“Dell has operated in the Philippines since 2006. That same year, we also started our community services and outreach by donating computers and cash, even clothing to disaster victims. Now, we channel the same efforts to a platform known as ‘Powering the Possible.’
“Our CSR efforts started in India in 2009 and from there, the other territories where we are followed. CHAP is our first grantee in the Philippines. Their mobile van that visits street children in the most depressed areas is powered by Dell. It teaches these displaced kids basic literacy as well as IT literacy. With this program, it can be said that technology is used to reach out to as many unprivileged sectors of society. Powering the Possible project has donated $44-million worldwide and $45,000 of that goes to CHAP. If you think about it, many schools around the Philippines have no computers and those that have, have to contend with power consumption,” Teo added.
Childhope Asia Philippines works with the underprivileged and underserved populations of street children in Metro Manila and gives them an equal opportunity for learning through several programs. These are conducted in 20 areas located in Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Makati, Pasay and Parañaque.
Since 1989, Childhope Asia Philippines (CHAP) has been at the forefront of advocating for the cause of street children in the Philippines and in Asia. It works to uplift street children from the hazards of working and living on the streets and aims to realize a better future for them by providing learning opportunities outside the confines of a formal school set-up.
The core of this initiative is getting Dell technology/solutions into the hands of the most needy youth of an underserved population to serve as a catalyst for lifelong learning and job/career readiness. Dell technology, solution or service will be used to accomplish the work of accredited programs.
“If you don’t help a street kid, he grows up to become a parent who’ll raise kids just like him,” said former street-kid Gilboy Dilao in his testimony. Gilboy graduated from the Philippine Christian University with a degree in Social Work and is now one of the educators in CHAP.

Childhope Asia Philippines
Since 1989, Childhope Asia Philippines (CHAP) has been at the forefront of advocating for the cause of street children in the Philippines and in Asia. It works to uplift street children from the hazards of working and living on the streets and aims to realize a better future for them by providing learning opportunities outside the confines of a formal school set-up.
“Childhope Asia’s request grant from Dell is to continue the Alternative Education sessions such as the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child, Substance Abuse Prevention Education, Life Skills / Life Goals and Basic Literacy and Numeracy among the 500 street children participants through its Mobile Education Vans. These two vehicles are equipped with television and other reading and board game materials. Portable projectors are used in conducting different sessions instead of using tarpaulins and other printing materials which cost an adequate amount in printing fee. Street Educators/Facilitators will conduct the Basic Computer Literacy classes of which the Mobile Education Vans will carry the 10 laptops to the selected areas where Childhope programs operate once a week. The street children participants will be graduated from the Basic Computer classes after completion of 16 sessions,” intimated Teresita L. Silva, MSW, executive director of Childhope Asia Philippines
The Outreach and Protection/Education on the Streets provides opportunity for underprivileged street children and out-of-school youth to learn how to read, write and do math (Basic Literacy and Numeracy); study advanced learning modules in different subjects for both elementary and secondary levels (Alternative Learning System); and acquire knowledge in values education, life skills, primary health care among others (Alternative Education). Aided by CHAP’s mobile education van, a vehicle containing audio-visual equipment utilized during the conduct of classes, Street Educators go to 20 selected places everyday where the identified street children beneficiaries are commonly found--in parks, under trees or on the sidewalks of urban centers—and teach children there.
Moreover, a special component of the program, the Computer Literacy project provides opportunity for these less-fortunate children to learn about computers and the technologies that advance the digital/computer world. Classes are done in two ways - through 20 laptop computers carried by the mobile education van and set-up in the area scheduled to be visited for the day, or through groups of selected street children that are brought to a computer room in an office setting within the CHAP compound, where 15 computers are readily available for use during the conduct of classes.
Guided by the principles of Caring-Healing-Teaching, the Outreach and Protection/ Education on the Streets Program promotes education while simultaneously delivering bio-psychosocial services to the child, his family and the community as these are some intervention processes that ensure more holistic development.
Furthermore, the same set of computers to be set-up in the computer room will be installed with a database program that will be used by the Street Educators for recording and tracking the progress of the street children beneficiaries under the program. This will greatly help in monitoring the welfare of the children and in evaluating the impact of the program to the beneficiaries.

About Dell
“We employ solutions to as many schools as possible. Our acquisition of Wyse assures low-cost computing for school learning. Dell has evolved from a PC manufacturer to solutions provider,” CEO Teo said in closing.
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Powering the Possible is Dell’s commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. Dell works with nonprofit organizations to address pressing social issues by donating a combination of Dell technologies and solutions, funding, expertise and volunteer support. In 2012 alone, Dell gave more than $44 million, and Dell team members volunteered more than 418,000 hours in their communities. Learn more at


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