Action for the Care and Development of the Poor in the Philippines (ACAP) traces its beginnings when Child Hope Asia Philippines volunteer and artist, Lourdes “Didit”van der Linden was provided a small venue by the Chairman of Bgy. San Antonio, Paranaque in 2009 where she could teach art and skills training for the street children of Bgy. Merville, Paranaque and Cutcut NAIA. The venue became the art and skills training center for children who needed respite from the harsh realities of the streets. There, the Aruga Center was born- a safe place where children could heal their traumas through art and develop their self confidence. The center also provided hygiene services such as bathing and nutritional feeding during its daytime operation.
The experience gained in the early years highlighted the need to incorporate training into the services provided to the street children. The founder also realized that teaching children their self worth was the first step for them to hope and dream for a better future. This gave birth to the Educational Assistance given by Life Bank Founded to the Street Children who have gone to the Art Program at the Aruga Center.
Four years after its conception, Aruga Center was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a community based, non-profit organization that caters to children at risk and aims to provide these children an opportunity to attain education through formal schooling and alternative learning system.