Working With Children in Philippines


disaster-relief-alert.png Update on Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines


Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in the Philippines on Saturday, September 15th as a Category 5 hurricane. This was the strongest storm anywhere on the planet in 2018, with wind speeds reaching 285 kph. As last reported by the Philippines government, approximately 893,833 people have been impacted. The death toll has increased to more than 64 people, and the number of missing and injured also continues to rise.

“We are desperately concerned for the lives and safety of 10 million people living within the 900km diameter of Typhoon Mangkhut,” said Rommel Fuerte, National Director at World Vision Philippines. “World Vision staff have been deployed on the ground ready to respond. This typhoon is likely to cause huge devastation. Millions of children are at risk.”

Typhoon Mangkhut is the strongest storm to make landfall on the Philippines' northern island of Luzon since Super Typhoon Megi in 2010. Since World Vision Canada does not have sponsorship communities in Luzon, no Canadian sponsored children have been impacted.

World Vision is in close coordination with local government units and other agencies, monitoring the situation on the ground. There have been reports of landslides, blocked roads, destroyed homes and extensive crop damage. We are beginning initial distribution of relief items—namely food, shelter and hygiene supplies.

Please pray for those affected in the Philippines as well as Hong Kong and Mainland China, as Typhoon Mangkhut continues on its path beyond the Philippines.

New updates to the situation in the Philippines will be posted to this page. For more information, please call us at 1-800-654-2650.

Donate now to help vulnerable children and their families affected by this crisis and others with life-saving essentials like food, hygiene kits and more.

Other priorities for children in the Philippines are child protection, education, health and nutrition and economic empowerment. World Vision Philippines promotes thriving communities where peace and justice prevail and all can enjoy security, opportunity and happiness. We do this by coming alongside the poor and vulnerable, building their capacity to be agents of sustainable change.

Your impact in Philippines

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 


  • 2 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 16,080 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 2,409 children and youth learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 2 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 95 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.


  • 618 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 1,562 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 39 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 145 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 4,741 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • We worked with community leaders to improve the quality of education by providing vocational education for vulnerable youths and extra-curricular experiences to keep kids enrolled in school.
  • 41 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 655 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children in the Philippines
  • 9,759 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.


  • 25 young people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 24,749 individuals are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 1,085 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 2,542 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 485 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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