Working With Children in Philippines

Filipinos recently remembered the third anniversary of Haiyan, the biggest typhoon recorded in almost a century. Haiyan killed thousands, displaced four million people and destroyed 500,000 homes. Emergency response and preparedness is a top priority for World Vision Philippines on this island nation that experiences frequent typhoons .

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. 

  • We promoted child protection by working with the community to monitor kids' well-being and supporting children’s clubs where boys and girls learn about advocating for their rights.
  • 15 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 6,229 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 18,494 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies

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

  • We trained community health workers to counsel new mothers on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and preparing nutritious meals for toddlers.
  • 5,060 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • 207 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 434 malnourished children in the Philippines were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy

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

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

  • To help families increase their household income, we supported savings groups that promoted economic growth and raised awareness about the importance of savings.
  • 373 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 88 youths were equipped to enter the job market through apprenticeships, vocational training or career counselling
  • 1,310 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families

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