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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

Autonomy of young street people thanks social and professional 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 these young adults as they advance towards full professional and social independence.

For its creation, the NGO has developed many projects including the YAP (Young Adults Program) is aimed at enabling young people, living on the streets of Manila, to take responsibility for their personal and professional development and live an independent life. This training center trains them in the services trades and helps them to fit into business life (thanks to general courses English, mathematics…) and professional guidance (CV, job-seeking workshops…).

Solidarity AccorHotels supported the YAP in 2009 and 2010, enabling 120 young people to be accompanied into employment; it then supported the creation and operation of the “Life Home” project for 12 young people in 2011 and 2012. In 2016, staff from the Sofitel Plaza Manila and the Novotel Manila Aratena have joined forces with Solidarity AccorHotels to support a new programme called the “Independent Living Program” (ILP), combining the YAP and LIFE programs into a single project, to optimise its results. Thanks to ILP, 50 young people are being accompanied on the road towards complete independence.


Project holders

Berndt Schneider, General Manager Novotel Manila Araneta Center 

"We support the partnering with Virlanie because of our social goals to maximize and nurture the talents of children & teenager who represent the future of their generation. Also, Novotel Manila Araneta Center would like to create a long term opportunity for the disadvantaged young adults in the Independent Living Program to learn valuable skills necessary to make a successful individual and able them to live life to the fullest".



Marian Villar, HR Director Sofitel Plaza Manila

"Our advocacy and partnership with Virlanie has been a meaningful venue for us to make a difference in the lives of children that could have a brighter future with the just the right window for learning and opportunities. The partnership has grown to be truly important to me as an individual and for us as an organization because there is alignment in our visions and values for what we want to achieve for the children".