Bethany Girl’s Home

The Salvation Army Bethany Girl’s Home is working and ministering among the sexually abused children ages 9-18 years old. The girls coming in are referrals from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Many are victims of sexual molestation and rape. Most of the victim’s parents have to work hard to sustain their daily living and leave their children at home unsafe. Some of them are products of broken families and few are orphans to a father and most likely the mother’s married again and their live-in partners live also with their children.

These children have developed low self-esteem and unhealthy personal interactions after their traumatic experiences. They are placed for temporary shelter and protective custody because of parents who can’t assure their protection, parents who are negative in thinking and unsupportive to the plight of the victims and those who are risk in the community where they belong.

These young girls have needs that require a reasonable degree of fulfillment to enable them to grow normally and improve their self-image, regain lost confidence of self and to help them formulate their values.

Children’s needs come in various forms and degree. They range from the very basic-shelter, clothing, opportunity for emotional and intellectual development, the need to belong and spiritual needs- aspiring for higher values and development as true Christians.

Bethany Children’s Home aspires to responsibly address its service to its client’s psycho-social and physical needs. Its aim is to continually venture on development in approach. Funds from Sponsorship can be used for professional help and personal development needs which can in turn help the girls to become healthy stable young ladies.

Vision

Bethany Children’s Home will be a place of refuge and hope for girls who are victims of sexual abuse. Through Bethany Children’s Home, girls who are victims of abuse will have renewed hope for a meaningful life.

Mission

– Restoration of the Child’s lost sense of well-being and broken relationships with her enviriorment. – Rehabilitation of child sexual abuse victims.

Objectives & Program Description

This is a residential program / child caring institutionwhich provides alternative accomodation to 20 girls ages 9-18, who had been sexually abused and who need to be relocated temporarily to protect them from further abuse. Its mission is to help these girls cope with their traumatic experienceand facilitate their healing and recovery. During their temporary stay at bethany, the staffs provide emotional and psychological support, and create / open oppurtunities for the girls to verbalize their feelings. The staffs go through process of healing with the children. Contact with the childrens families is maintained and relationships are strengthened because it is aimed that these girls will eventually be reunited with their families and their communities.

Target Clientele

Girls aging from 5-18 years old who had been sexually violated and are needing temporary shelters as part of their treatment and rehabilitation process.

Criteria for admission

1. The child should be female and between the ages of 5-18 years old.
2. Should be free from any communicable diseases, e.g. Tuberculosis, Hepatatis B, AIDS, STD
3. It has been established that she was sexually abused
4. Child from Metro Manila
5. The child has nowwhere to go for protection and safety.

Program & Services

Child Development Program
Home Life, Health Care, Educational Services, Recreational and Cultural
Recovery and Healing Program
Counseling, Group Work/Dynamics, Psychological and Spiritual, Support System, Music/Art Therapy, Group Living, transfers/Referrals, Case Management, Livelihood/Skills Training, Referral, Case management
Independent Living (IL) Program