Bahay Tuluyan was founded in 1987 by Fr John Gallagher, an Irish Columban priest who was based at Malate Catholic Church. He was supported in his task by a group of individuals including Fr Bernard O'Connor and Edward Gerlock, concerned citizens and support groups in the Philippines, United States of America and Canada. It was established in response to the growing number of street children in the Malate area of Manila, then a haven for tourists.
Bahay Tuluyan began as a program for street children conducting initial activities facilitated by the staff in the street. These included celebrating Saturday afternoon mass, occasional art workshops, small economic activities like polvoron making and a feeding program for street children.
The Malate Catholic Church (which was itself involved in the formation of Basic Christian Communities in the area, believing that in spite of their poverty, the communities have resources to help them answer their needs) provided rooms for Bahay Tuluyan in the Parish Center. The ground floor was renovated with a modest grant from the Australian Embassy. Bahay Tuluyan began as a drop in center, where children could go to have a bath, rest, eat or play. However as many of the children visiting the center had nowhere to sleep at night, the center quickly developed into a temporary shelter.
The first general assembly of the children of Bahay Tuluyan was held. Thirty five children gathered to participate in collage making and focused group discussion. Involvement in these activities gave children a perspective of teamwork different from their previous involvement in gangs which had led them into trouble.
The first batch of Junior Educators from Bahay Tuluyan commenced training. They graduated from the program in 1992.
During their general assembly the children of Bahay Tuluyan dreamed of having a place to live in the province, with a garden, school and houses for children. They dreamed of being away from their 'vices'.
Bahay Tuluyan purchased a piece of land in San Antonio Quezon to establish a shelter for boys. This purchase was made possible through the sponsorship of the Church of Sweden and union of Swedish students.
Bahay Tuluyan expanded its operations to Quezon City, setting up a drop-in and day care center for children in Katipunan. This center eventually moved into the community of Marytown, Barangay Loyola Heights.
Bahay Tuluyan's Manila office moved from the Malate Parish Center to a disused nurse's home at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Sta Mesa, Manila. This premises was provided rent-free by the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit.
Bahay Tuluyan's first motorized 'Mobile Unit' was donated by the Italian NGO, Arci Cultura e Sviluppo. This replaced the pedicab which had previously been used.
Nicanor B. Arriola, the first and founding Executive Director, resigned from the organization and was replaced by Lily V. Flordelis, DMD.
Bahay Tuluyan entered into a partnership with Kibo Children's House to take over the management of its center in Victoria, Laguna. Bahay Tuluyan commenced the establishment of this center as a residential shelter for children.
Bahay Tuluyan, San Antonio, Quezon was officially opened. Sponsored by the Church of Sweden and union of Swedish students this center was built over several years. The center included 3 family style homes, 2 group homes, recreation room, dining room, training center and organic farm. The book 'Batang Bugaw sa Malate' (Youth Pimps of Malate) was published by Bahay Tuluyan.
Child @ Venture CafÃ©, an entrepreneurial training ground for children from Bahay Tuluyan was officially inaugurated. This building was sponsored by Child at Venture, a Dutch NGO and was built on Bahay Tuluyan's site in Victoria, Laguna. Two family homes for children in Bahay Tuluyan's center in Victoria, Laguna were also officially opened. These were sponsored by Bahay Tuluyan Philippines Australia and Charles and Clare Scerri.
Bahay Tuluyan's lease at the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital ended. The organization purchased a piece of land in Malate, Manila through the generosity of the Planet Wheeler Foundation. Bahay Tuluyan moved its office from Sta Mesa to a temporary building on the new site in Malate on 3 August. The book 'Sagip or Huli?: Rescue of Street Children in Caloocan, Manila, Pasay and Quezon Cities' was published by Bahay Tuluyan.
Bahay Tuluyan hosted the Children's Rights Festival to mark the 21st anniversary of the ratification of the UNCRC Construction of Bahay Tuluyan's new center in Manila commenced in September. The 'Anihan Center' and 'McKiro House' at Bahay Tuluyan Laguna were both completed and opened.
Construction of the new center in Manila continued throughout the year. The five-story building was officially opened on 11-11-11. More than 300 people from the local community attended the opening of the building. Bahay Tuluyan made an important organizational change which involved shifting from a centralized management system towards self-sufficient and self-sustaining centers in a number of locations, complemented by an effective national program based in Manila.
Bahay Tuluyan ran its first 'Kapihan Makabata' on 1 September. This was organized in cooperation with PACT NCR and brought together development workers and volunteers from a variety of government and non-government organizations to discuss the topic of street children.
Bahay Tuluyan, through Makabata Guesthouse & CafÃ©, became the first ChildSafe member in the Philippines in August after all staff members were provided with ChildSafe training by Friends International.
Bahay Tuluyan took a photo of a severely malnourished child, 'Frederico' inside the Reception and Action Center (RAC) of Manila. This photo was submitted to various government agencies and released on social media, prompting a massive public reaction. Bahay Tuluyan, along with partner NGOs, organized a dialogue with the Mayor of Manila in relation to the issue on 6 November and a Peaceful Day of Action calling for the upgrading or closing of the RAC on 10 November.
Bahay Tuluyan started the development of Bahay Tuluyan Nature Farms' new site in Behia, Tiaong, Quezon. Bahay Tuluyan was given a STARS Impact Award to acknowledge our contribution to improving the lives of children.
Bahay Tuluyan commemorated its 30th anniversary with the launching of a book entitled â€˜Three Decades of Hope and Resilience:â€™ A Story of Bahay Tuluyanâ€™s History working with Filipino Children. The Inang Kalikasan Eco-Retreat (IKER) Center, spanning 19 hectares in Quezon, was donated by Emma Alday and family.