Katilingban para sa Kalambuan

Kapatiran has had an excellent relationship with Katilingban for over ten years, and especially with its leader, the Spanish priest Father Angel Calvo. In 2002 a photographer friend of the priest offered to make a photo report of the street children, Kapatiran asked Novib for financial support to turn this report into a booklet with added texts.

Fr. Angel Calvo

This booklet, Bata de Calle (Children of the Street), was printed in the Philippines and shipped to the Netherlands. It was launched during an impressive Fair in Willemstad in 2003 and the local alderman symbolically handed the first copy to Fr. Angel Calvo, who happened to be in Europe on other business. Kapatiran has sold a number of these books at this occasion and over the past years they have certainly been very useful in supporting awareness campaigns and activities.

It was also during this Fair that Fr Angel Calvo expressed the wish to start a study fund for “his” street children at the Akay Kalinga Centre. In 2004, at the start of the new school year, Kapatiran could send 25 children to elementary school, 5 to high school , and 6 to higher education. Moreover, 7 children could benefit from an adapted professional training.

Now, in 2009, the programme comprises 28 elementary school children, 24 high school children and 10 university students.;

Katilingban para sa Kalambuan, Inc

Katilingban para sa Kalambuan, Inc. is a non- stock, non-profit organization founded in 1995 to help poor and marginalized communities cope with the growing socio-economic problems in Zamboanga city.

It envisions to empower communities, regardless of race or religion, where there is equality, fullness of life and basic needs are met.

It is committed to consolidate and strengthen urban poor communities and develops competent and responsible leaders and members in the communities as well as assists communities in handling legal problems.

Programs are as follows:

1. Community organizing and Para-legal
Katilingban is equipped with organizers who can organize depressed communities, enabling them to plan and implement programs as well as motivate them to access resources to meet priority needs and transforming them into self-reliant, self sufficient, self governing organizations.

2. Housing Program
The housing project is addressing the problems of homelessness within Zamboanga City by providing opportunities for housing and housing-related services such as building of affordable houses for low income groups on labour equity basis.

3. Health Program
The health program crafted an alternative health care system that ensures availability, affordability, efficiency, equity and sustainable health care services through the initiative of the people and member organization as a whole.

4. Livelihood Program
Animating poor communities toward self-reliance and sustainability through vocational skills training and entrepreneurial development to enhance income generating opportunities.

5. Women’s Program

It develops communities where there is complementary of functions and equal sharing of gifts, control and power over resources among men and women, where women’s rights and roles in all aspects of life are recognized and upheld.

6. Street children of Akay Kalinga Center (Zamboanga City)

7. The Pangarap Center