Community Organization Program
In general, the objectives of the Community Organization strategy and method at the grassroots level are: To raise awareness of individual, parents and children in the community to the major issues including the rights of children, and to feel that they can do something to influence the conditions under which they are lives; To simulate indigenous leadership; to help individual articulate their needs and organize people’s organization to meet these needs; and to develop capabilities of parents and children to understand and act on how they can use their internal and external community resources to met individual, family and community needs, and act on issues that affect their lives.
In KAIBIGAN, community organization is a strategy/method and process and at the same time one of its programs. The parents of the children-beneficiaries are the targets of the program, particularly in four urban poor areas. Training/seminars and other activities are given to parents to develop their capacities to respond to problems.
Another component of community organization is the family case management – although economic poverty is the basic cause for going to the streets, dysfunctional family relations play a major role in pushing children to survive in the streets, drop-out of school or involve themselves to deviant activities. Children whose families either have a) one or more parents suffer from dependency problems like drugs or alcohol, b) chronic domestic violence or c) child abuse are subjected to family case management. This is an approach/process in which Kaibigan staff look into the bio-psycho-social needs per family.
Area leaders are the active partners of the Foundation in all the processes of Community Organization. They, together with their members and with KAIBIGAN staff’s guidance, make plans, implement, evaluate and monitor activities of the program.