Programs and Services
Lesley Gomez left England at 22 to serve as a missionary in the Philippines. Today she and her husband Peter run LAMA, a charity and safe house for the abandoned boys of the streets.
LAMA House has played a key role in supporting the DSWD in the rescue and temporary shelter of children from abuse and neglect, child trafficking, child prostitution and prison and helped to enforce the Child Labor Law offering shelter for victims of child slave labor. Our main service is to provide long-term care for boys.
We have found it is often more effective to provide counseling in an informal setting, we partner with a professional psychologist , Father Geraldo Costa, from Sunflower Center, Baguio, when needed.
Food, clothing, shelter, medicine and other basic needs are provided. House parents ensure each child receives the support and attention he needs, particularly if he is struggling with the effects of previous trauma
Each child has a full medical check shortly after admission and medical and dental check-ups when necessary, provided by local doctors and dentists.
Part of our mission is to help the boys and their families understand God’s unfailing love for themselves. Staff help them to develop a relationship with God, rely on Him and obey His teaching.
The educational achievement of each child is a high priority. The boys attend local schools to encourage integration in the community. They are encouraged to complete High School education. Tutorials are given to slow learners in our classroom at LAMA. There is provision for Special Needs Education locally.
The boys are encouraged to join in community activities such as basketball tournaments, festivals, celebrations, etc. Celebrations are planned for birthdays, graduations as well as school achievements. The beach and river are nearby.