Since its beginnings, Child Watch has become one of the most trusted programs championing Children’s Welfare in the Philippines. What started as a rescue hotline for children has now expanded its reach by granting scholarships, providing meals and medical assistance to children in poor communities across the country.
In 1997, Child Watch saw the rise of cases of abuses towards children. The ABS-CBN Foundation took the necessary action of launching its child rescue hotline appropriately named Bantay Bata 163 (Child Watch 163).
However, rescue is just one step in the critical journey of these rescued children. Child Watch also addresses the traumatic psychological and physical needs of the children. With the help of social workers, the children are also assisted in medical, educational and legal matters unique to each case.
As the number of rescued children of Children Watch increased, so was the need to have a secure place for their rehabilitation. In 2003, the “Children’s Village” was built to serve as the temporary home for the children who were undergoing therapy and rehabilitation. The home was operational from 2003 to its untimely closure in 2014. This year, Children’s Village is opening its door again in celebration of Child Watch’s 20th year of operation.
Through the help of AFI’s many supportive partners, Child Watch continues to empower children through its many intitatives. Through the years, Child Watch's initiatives have had significant impact on the lives of Filipino children including:
- Supporting close to 10,000 scholars
- Responding to 381,026 calls for rescue
- Addressing 7,969 additional reports
- Training of Social Workers to help with rehabilitation and therapy
- Providing meals to thousands of children in indigent communities (including 5,000 children in 2017 alone)
In addition to these, 2018 also markes the revival of the Children's Village initiative. It is set to open its doors to 200 children that need fostering.