Bidlisiw Foundation, Inc, established in 1989, is a non-government organization operating in the cities of Mandaue, Cebu and recently in Northern Iloilo and Bohol. Its vision is to improve quality of family and community life among Filipino children and their families. Its mission is to help the most disadvantaged children and families among the poor communities. And, its goal is to provide access, opportunities and hope for the most marginalized children, families and communities.
The Foundation was founded by Philippe Guichandut, a representative of InterAide, a French agency. It was started by 8 community women volunteers and have implemented programs and services on health, education, vocational and livelihood. It was in 1994, during its first strategic planning when Bidlisiw decided to become an independent purely Filipino managed agency accessing other fund sources aside from InterAide. It was also then when Bidlisiw approach was focused on the poorest among the poor population making the former programs and services a support component of its Family Development Work, a comprehensive/holistic case management program geared towards providing hope and opportunities to the marginalized sectors of the society.
Currently, their target groups include:
CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES WHO ARE IN NEED OF SPECIAL PROTECTION (CNSP– FNSP)
Children in Prostitution & their families
Children in Contact with the Law & their families
Child Labor Cases and their families
Other Abused and Exploited children
Having the above sector as the Foundation’s beneficiaries, Bidlisiw being a child focused agency is guided by the CRC principles of protection, non discrimination, participation and best interest of the child. Safeguarding children is the primary concern by all staff and volunteers putting in placed a child protection policy that guides the staff in its day to day dealings with the target groups. The Foundation as well defines/develop its programs and services as a result of a consultation among children, their parents and stakeholders.
Co-operation work experiences with various institutions include:
Inter Aide (French NGO) on health and nutrition, water and sanitation, education, vocational training and livelihood (1989-1999), Micro Finance (1999-2001) and Family Development (2003-2006).
USAID-PATH on HIV/AIDS Prevention in Cebu City(1995-2003).
AusAID-PACAP on garments training and production (1995-1998) and micro finance (May 2001- April 2003).
World Bank-UHNP on Community-based water and sanitation (1997-2000).
Coope’ Sud (French NGO) on early detection and rehabilitation of developmental delays among 0-6 years old children (1998-2003).
United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) on substance abuse prevention among children and young people (1999-2000).
Save The Children-UK & Sweden on program for abused and exploited children, substance abuse prevention and alternative learning systems (1999-2007) and relief and rehabilitation support for fire victim-families (June 2003 & April-August 2007).
British Embassy on training and entrepreneurial development (April 2001- March 2004).
Global Fund on HIV/AIDS prevention in Mandaue City (Oct. 2004 - July 2006).
ILO-IPEC on withdrawing, protecting and preventing children from commercial and sexual exploitation (May 2005-Nov 2006).
Terres des Homme (TDH-NL) on Community-Based HIV/AIDS prevention among CSEC and their families (March 2007 – present).
World Vision on Alternative Learning System (June 2009 – Present)
NSO – ILO on Pilot Survey for Children & Youth (Sept 2009 – Dec 20090
Healthgov –USAID on“Technical Assistance to Metro Cebu in implementing STI/HIV/AIDS prevention and control through zonal collaboration”. (Oct 2009 –Sept 2010)
Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund on Child & Family Healing & Reintegration (Jan 2010 – Present)
Assisi Development Foundation (June 2011-Present) Sustaining Education and Economic Pursuits of CSEC & YPIP.
Body Shop-UK (June 2011-Present) Preventive Case Management
Cebu City Government (January 2012-Present) Preventive Case Management