Phil Child Care Foundation (PCCF) was founded in July 2020 after two decades of engagement with children and youth in an informal way. The informal arrangements resulted in an in-depth understanding of the plight of children and the challenges that children and youth undergo. The engagements revealed many inherent conditions that contribute or result in behavioural
challenges that children exhibit.
The significant challenge among children and youth identified as the loneliness emanating from inadequate social community and family support that are accorded to children and youth. This was presumptively linked to many social problems that society is encountering today. One of the societal problems observed currently is the increasingly violent acts by youths, suicidal behaviours, decreased level of family cohesions etc. The engagement also identified some of the possible causes to this child’s loneliness which are quite structural and require a holistic approach.
The notable ones are linked to economic survival factors that pools parents away for longer hours on paid-work-related activities to meet the monthly bills. Other factors relate to health issues, particularly mental health-related challenges that make parents unable to attend to the emotional needs of their children simply because they (parents) themselves are already in dire need of emotional support. Another aspect relates to the social environment that children and youth relate to and interact with daily, for instance. In this school environment, they interact with peers already gravely intoxicated with social and behavioural challenges and problems emanating from their family set-up.
All these and many more contributed towards strengthening the innovative idea of establishing Phil Child Care Foundation (PCCF) to innovatively create an environment where children and youth share their experiences, learn positive coping mechanisms, steer up their positive energy and champion challenging life experiences in a modeled manner that enables children and youth
become change agents of the society through collective community efforts. This therefore called for Phil Child Care Foundation (PCCF) effort to create children and youth engagement spaces, platforms that can be utilized in supporting the quietly suffering children and youth.
At Phil Child Care Foundation (PCCF), we believe that every child is unique, special, different and beautiful.