The Children’s Advocacy for Rights and Empowerment (CARE) Project aims to strengthen the development and participation of children and youth with disabilities, aged 7 to 25, by mainstreaming programs on empowerment, inclusive education and child protection in schools and communities.



  • Facilitate the formation of Children’s Organization, composed of children and youth with and without disabilities.
  • Work towards developing the children’s self-esteem, leadership skills and social consciousness through self-enhancement and capacity-building activities.
  • Strengthen SIMON’s advocacy on children’s rights and inclusion through the Children’s Theater Arts Group
  • Develop and strengthen existing partnerships and referral systems among government and non-government organizations in promoting inclusive education and children's rights.


Who Benefits:


  • Children and youth with disabilities with leadership potentials and talents for theatre arts.
  • Non-disabled members of the Children’s Organization who act as disability advocates.




  • Self-Enhancement and Leadership Trainings
  • Participation in Children’s Congress, seminars, workshops and educational trips
  • Community-based activities that include sports fests, socio-cultural events, family day, youth camp and art exhibits.
  • Formation of the Children’s Theatre Arts Group (CTAG)


How the Program is Being Implemented:

  • Area Selection

    • Depressed barangay
    • High prevalence of malnourished children
    • Presence of survey on children with developmental delays and disabilities (0-6 years)
  • Community Entry

    • Orientation of the Barangay Council on Early Intervention Project. Lobby for:
    • Project adoption
    • Budget allocation for programs and services and honorarium of EIP Facilitators
  • Identification Phase

    • Identification of children with developmental delays and malnourished children are carried out by CBR Volunteers, Barangay Health Workers and CBR Coordinators.
    • Identified children are referred to the EIP Facilitators and CBID Area Coordinators.
  • Assessment Phase

    • Child is assessed by facilitators based on the Portage Checklist.
    • Medical/nutritional evaluation is undertaken by the physiatrist, developmental pediatrician and nutritionist.
    • Facilitator recommends the acceptance of the child to the project.
    • Home visit, validation and final assessment conducted by the EIP Coordinator.
  • Implementation/Intervention

    Phase Services

    • Home-based Portage Training
    • Health Care and Nutrition
    • Progress Report
    • Reassessment/Evaluation of Individual Rehabilitation Plan
    • Final Assessment
    • Integration in Day Care Centers




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DSWD Authority No. DSWD-SB-A-1647-2017