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Field of intervention
Vocational training
Supported organization
Country and localization
Philippines, Manila
Supported people
182 street young people
Project helped in
Amount of the support
62,000 euros

Empowerment of street youth and mothers in difficulty through social and vocational training programs

Over the past 20 years the Virlanie Foundation based in Manila (Philippines) has strived to get children off the streets, offering them a roof over their heads, psychological and medical follow-up, and access to education, and arts and sports activities. It also accompanies young adults and young marginalized mothers as they advance towards full professional and social independence.

Virlanie has developed the ILP project "Independent Living Program" to support young adults towards a complete professional and social autonomy. These young people are welcomed at the "LIFE Home", a transition house, where they put their knowledge into practice (management of their income, experience of life with their peers, organization of their schedule ...).

Solidarity AccorHotels has supported this empowerment program since its creation in these different forms (YAP, LIFE and ILP). The teams of Sofitel Plaza Manila, Novotel Manila Aratena, Joy Nostalg Manila Managed by AccorHotels and Fairmont Makati are involved throughout the year in support of Virlanie, participating in various activities of the Virlanie Foundation (educational workshops, offers of internships for young people, fundraising, support for the choir ...).

In 2018, Solidarity AccorHotels continues its support for the ILP program for 50 new young adults, and is committed to a new training program for young mothers in difficulty: the ODC (Open Day Center). They can be trained in baking, cooking, sewing or beauty.


Project holders

Nikko Matias

Nikko Matias, Talent & Culture Director at Novotel Manila Araneta Center 

"I have been supporting the Virlanie Foundation’s initiatives since AccorHotels’ partnership way back in 2008. I witnessed how our initiatives have transformed lives of these unfortunate children. I would like our adopted children and community to be an inspiration to others that there is a way to transform lives and become productive members of the society."



Jon PadillaJon Padilla, Talent & Culture Director at Sofitel Plaza Manila

"This is a way of giving hope to the children who have at some point in their life felt neglected. To me, helping is not an obligation or a duty at work. It must always come from the heart without expecting something in return or to be recognized. It is giving back to the blessings my family and I are receiving."