The community of Aklan has graduated

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:  
  • Advocacy and training have improved the quality of education.
  • Daycare centres were constructed and renovated and provided with early childhood learning materials.
  • Families received toilets and pump wells.
  • 959 families received training in sustainable livelihood practices, where they learned to use local, natural resources for income.
  • Families have new sources of income through food processing, organic vegetable farming and raising livestock.
  • 81 families received environmentally friendly fishing gear and 21 communities within Aklan are using conservation techniques in their fishing activities.
  • 1,130 families are involved in organic vegetable farming, providing nutritious food for their kids.
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Aklan

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.


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!