ABK3 LEAP was formally launched last February 2012. It aims to assist 52,000 children and 25,000 households over a period of four years providing direct education and education support services for children 5 - 17 years old, sustainable livelihoods for parents and families as well as youth employment services & linkage to social protection initiatives, among others. The project focuses on 11 provinces, namely: Batangas, Camarines Sur, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Leyte, Bukidnon, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur. These provinces were selected on the basis of sugarcane production, poverty incidence, size of rural population and education averages in terms of enrolment rate, retention/ dropouts and classroom size. ABK3 LEAP is being implemented by World Vision in partnership with ChildFund Philippines, Inc.; Educational Research & Development Assistance Foundation, Inc. (ERDA), the Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc. (SIFI), the Community Economic Ventures, Inc. (CEVI), and the University of the Philippines Social Action and Research for Development Foundation, Inc. (UPSARDF) with funding from the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). The project also works with the sugar industry stakeholders, who serve as key allies and local champions to ensure a child labor- free sugar industry and sugar products from the country. World Vision and partners has assisted more than 61,000 children engaged at or at risk of the worst forms of child labor in nine (9) provinces in the country from 2003 to 2011 through the first two phases of ABK Initiative.
ABK3 LEAP Project Update