The community of Aklan has graduated

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In 2019, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Local people and organizations have been equipped to take over and lead the community's development - and that is something to celebrate!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Aklan has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The Aklan community is located in the island province of the same name in the Philippines. The area has two seasons: the dry, which runs from January to April, and the wet, which lasts from May to December. The average family size is about six people per household.

85% of families in Aklan earn a living from farming and fishing. However, this is often not enough to sustain family needs and as a result people also raise animals and grow food in their backyards. People also work unstable jobs as labourers or in the service industry.

Families inability to earn a sufficient income is one of the prevailing challenges in the community. Close to 78% of families live below the poverty line, earning an average monthly income of USD $73. Disadvantaged families, in turn, are unable to meet their children's basic needs, including access to basic health care and education.
People in Aklan are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:  

  • 65 schools had facility upgrades, teachers were trained, and schools received learning materials.
  • 91% of children now complete their elementary education, an improvement of 20% since 2010.
Health and Nutrition
  • 34 health centres were constructed and updated, and 783 health workers received training.
  • Malnutrition has dropped by nearly half, thanks in part to deworming, nutrition classes and breastfeeding education.
  • 2,145 families participate in savings groups, helping them save for the future and gain access to small loans.
  • 1,130 families have received training in agriculture and livestock management.
  • 4,259 families now have access to safe drinking water and 3,329 families are practicing proper waste management—both of which keep everyone healthier.
*Results for this community updated for 2019

Explore Aklan

current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Aklan has completed Phase 3 in 2019.

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!