South Cotabato

The community of South Cotabato is graduating

South Cotabato’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all its children, not just those who are sponsored. They are now transitioning to self-sufficiency. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping South Cotabato get there. Thank you!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in South Cotabato 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 South Cotabato community is located in the southern part of the island of Mindanao. The region's geography ranges from flat land to rolling hills to mountain ranges, and is comprised of relatively high mountains, lakes, and some inactive volcanoes.

In South Cotabato, rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. Temperatures reach between 36℃ and 38℃ during the day, and fall to between 23℃ and 32℃ at night, depending on the elevation. The hottest period is usually from April to May, while August to December is the coolest time of year. Farming is the major source of income in the community, and while South Cotabato is rich in resources, many families experience poverty. The major agricultural crops include rice, corn, coconut, pineapple, asparagus, papaya, and banana.
People in South Cotabato are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

Child Protection
  • 24 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 1,557 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 18 schools received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 700 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 2,484 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 195 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 197 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 197 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 4,255 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 91 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore South Cotabato

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

South Cotabato,  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!