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LVF E-newsletter Number 12 (June 2015) 
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..Building Update...Conference in Bangkok...New CPC Area Launched..
New Building Update
We are delighted to report good progress on the construction of our new building. The construction began in April 2015 after preparation, bidding, 5 months procurement of building permit etc. The construction has now reached  approximately 30% completion with the beams, support columns and floor deck of the mezzanine floor already in place as well as its main stairs and fire exit stairway. Construction of the second floor is now in progress. The girls transferred to their temporary home in Pampanga last May and are eagerly looking forward to going back to their new home by the end of this year or early next year. We envision the home to be a Child Protection Institute which will provide the opportunity for continuing professional education for Social Workers and other professionals who are involved in  child protection and development work, as well as a learning hub for community volunteers who will be trained as child rights advocates.
Foundational Course on Children's Roghts .. Bangkok
The Ateneo Human Rights Center and Save the Children convened 30 child rights advocates from selected NGOs in South East Asian countries for a 4-day Foundational Course on Children’s Rights held at Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.  Having made a  significant contribution in the field of  protection and promotion of children’s rights in high risk communities, the Laura Vicuña Foundation was invited to participate in this course which provided an introduction to the international framework on children’s rights and how it is implemented and applied in the ASEAN Region.  Representing the Foundation was Ms. Emy India who was granted a full scholarship for the entire duration of this course. The participants came from Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines. One of the highlights was a discussion on the ASEAN economic integration and how this will affect children particularly their fundamental rights. Posed with positive and negative impacts, the ASEAN member states goal is to implement the Free Trade Area, a second level of integration which will remove tariff and quotas resulting in lower prices of goods. This will be taking effect on December 30.Perceived problems and issues which will affect children and youth by this ASEAN integration include the following: mobility (statelessness, children in detention/ shelters); poverty and income distribution; labor standards; environmental hazards; cost and standard of healthcare; access to food/health & shelter especially for migrants; smuggling and human trafficking (prostitutions/ forced labor/ organ trafficking); and feminization of labor among others. Civil Organizations are calling for a harmonized effort to mitigate the negative effects of ASEAN integration, one of which is providing child rights’ based safety nets for the protection of children.
Last June 20, 2015, LVF Social Worker, Ms. Joy Hugo, conducted  an initial meeting with thirty parents of Adelfa, Metro Heights  Compound of Brgy. Culiat, Quezon City. She introduced the Laura Vicuna  Foundation program and services through  a video documentary presentation. Brgy. Councilor, Cristina  Bernardino is very happy that the  Foundation  has chosen  Brgy. Culiat  as their new LVF- CPC area. She  mentioned that it is very timely that the Foundation is extending its services to their barangay especially in the formation of parents, as many of the parents are not aware of their responsibilities towards their children. She added that the number of children who are in conflict with the law is increasing.The first session for Parent Effectiveness Services is scheduled on July  4, 2015.
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Account Number:
3306-50235-3
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Laura Vicuña Foundation, Inc.
Metrobank V. Mapa Branch

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3724-0011-48
SWIFT Code: BOPIPHMM
Branch Code: 372
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