BDSK

Balay Dangpanan sa Kabataan or Home for Girls is a residential facility of DSWD FO-9 for girls in extremely difficult circumstances. It is presently located at Barangay Anastacio, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte fronting RRCY.

 

This facility started as diagnostic center for children in June 1996 when high incidence of child abuse cases was recorded in this part of the region. Due to the increasing number of female victims of abuse and since there is no government facility to address the need of the female children in extremely difficult circumstances region wide, this center evolved into a home and refuge for girls which is called in vernacular as Balay Dangpanan sa Kabataan or BDSK.

 

The home is anchored on social work beliefs and values that every person has the inherent worth and dignity.

 

A home like atmosphere shall be provided to the children at the home. They shall be involved in all household work and other activities as part of building their self worth and positive outlook in life.

 

General Objectives:

To enable the girls to resolved their problems and to be able to restore to normal functioning thus regaining self-esteem and dignity through protective and rehabilitative services.

 

Specific Objectives:

  1. To provide a wide range of services for the protection and rehabilitation of the girls geared towards reintegration to the family and community
  2. To protect the girls from further neglect and abuse and exploitation
  3. To provide self-enhancement and social life enrichment activities to enable the girls define their role in the family and community
  4. To effect linkages with other agencies and organizations

 

Programs and services

Residential Care  – temporary shelter and provision of food, clothing, personal effects and other needs.

 

Group Living Services – include physical care, guided group discussions, homelife activities which will include daily living chores.

Psychological/ Psychiatric Services – services that assist other disciplines in the therapeutic handling of children in care through administration and interpretation of psychological test/ psychiatric evaluation that will determine their mental ability and capability.

 

Spiritual Enhancement Services – observance of religious practices spiritual services with consideration to the religious affiliation of the residents. This should not be limited to the formal Sunday services but should include religious counselling, religious group activities and instruction.

 

Socio-cultural and Recreational Program – the child is encouraged to participate within his capabilities and interest. The program includes some socio-cultural and recreational activities involving other children in the community.

 

Skills Training and Livelihood – provision of opportunities for skills development and for income generating activities which will develop child’s value and attitude towards work.

 

Medical and Dental Assistance – provision of financial assistance for health care, medical/ dental examination

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