Iloilo's community is Graduating

Iloilo’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all  its children, not just those who are sponsored. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Iloilo get there. Thank you!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Iloila 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 Iloilo community is located in the province of the same name on Panay Island in the Philippines. It takes 45 minutes to reach the community by plane from Manila, the country's capital. The province is characterized by flatlands, hills, and mountain ranges, and rivers and creeks can be found throughout.

The climate is humid and moist, with an average maximum temperature of 32℃ and minimum temperature of 24℃. Iloilo has varying soil types from clay to beach sand. The rapid population growth in the area has brought about an increased demand for housing. However, due to limited land reserve and the high cost of housing activities, the community has not been able to fully meet the current housing requirements.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Iloilo has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!  
  • 891 youth have been tutored by 70 sponsored high school students in English and math.
  • 85 student tutors are helping struggling learners to catch up in school.
  • An alternative learning school was established to support youth with educational needs and life skills, including money management.
  • 58 teachers and volunteers were trained in methods for encouraging reading among students.
  • 800 families have updated toilets, improving the overall health and sanitation of the community.
  • 110 health workers and caregivers received training in nutrition, growth standards and HIV/AIDS.
  • 60 community volunteers were trained to educate parents about proper nutrition for children.
  • 1,258 children under 5 years old are being rehabilitated from Iron-Deficiency Anemia (IDA) through supplementation.
  • 453 families have home gardens, allowing them to provide their children with nutritious food.
  • 95 people are earning income farming seaweed.
  • 450 small-scale fishermen are using environmentally friendly methods, and 500 mangrove seedlings were planted to replenish the fish habitat.
  • Fishing families who received new equipment doubled their catch on average.

Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Partner with the government and local health institutions to provide improved services.
  • Provide training to improve the skills of health care workers.
  • Implement services for the care and prevention of tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS.
  • Advocate for breastfeeding, increased iron intake, and the preparation of nutritious foods for infants

In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Support local vegetable and meat production to improve families diets and reduce the rate of malnutrition.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Enable children's associations to work towards solutions that will address their needs.
  • Empower child leaders to collaborate with government and non-governmental organizations for positive changes in their community.
  • Support legislation to combat child labour.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Iloilo can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Enable families to increase their income by introducing improved farming and fishing technologies to enhance production.
  • Increase the availability of microfinance and lending institutions.
  • Provide technical education and training in entrepreneurial and employable skills to increase opportunities for alternative employment.

Explore Iloilo

current conditions

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

The needs in Iloilo

Children's ability to receive a quality education is threatened by an observable decline in the rate of students progression from one grade to the next. The dropout rate is high, which is often because children's parents are unable to afford their school fees. In some instances, some children have to leave school to work in order to supplement family income. This is especially true during the harvest, as children are needed in the fields to help their parents.

Health Care
Various improvements need to be made to Iloilo's current health care system. The number of health care facilities accessible to families is inadequate for the community's population, and rates of malnutrition and tuberculosis are high. Many families are unable to access government health services, often because they are not informed about them. There is also a lack of health care education among adults and children alike.

Malnutrition, especially among children, is common in the Iloilo community. It arises from a combination of factors, including insufficient food intake, improper food preparation, poor food handling, and a lack of knowledge and information about proper nutrition practices. In some cases, children have always suffered from malnutrition, as their mothers did not get adequate nutrients while they were pregnant.

Economic Development
Poverty in Iloilo is common. Low family incomes are brought about by insufficient agricultural production and a high rate of unemployment. Agricultural production is vulnerable to natural disasters such as land erosion and drought, while yearly floods regularly destroy hectares of agricultural lands. Most families are farmers because, even though their yields and profits are low, there is a shortage of alternative income-generating activities in the community.

The conversion of agricultural land to industrial and commercial areas is also exacerbating poverty. Only a few people can benefit from these land conversions, as only those who belong to the upper class can afford it. For most, this practice results in a higher cost of living. Disadvantaged families fall further behind, as they cannot afford to meet their basic needs, including food, health care, and shelter.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Iloilo,  is in Phase 3

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!