South Cotabato

The community of South Cotabato has graduated


Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
In 2020, the community transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Because of the dedication and partnership of Canadians like you, local people and organizations have been equipped to continue leading the community’s development – and that is something to celebrate!  

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.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in South Cotabato has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!

  • 80% of World Vision registered children improved their performance in school
  • 9 high-performing students were referred for a college scholarship
  • 2,920 children improved their learning through extra tutoring
  • 83 books were developed to teach kids about their cultures
  • 51 parents and teachers were trained to provide a positive learning environment
Health and Nutrition
  • 2,265 parents and caregivers learned about nutritious eating habits
  • 53 health workers and volunteers were trained on providing health and nutrition services
  • A health project helped promote primary health care in 20 villages by advocating for better services
  • 400 pregnant women and lactating mothers learned about the importance of breastfeeding
  • 300 families now have access to clean water
  • A mechanical grinder helped to increase local cassava production by 400%
  • 80% of households now have their basic needs met
  • 195 savings groups are guiding the community on financial education and how to access loans to grow their businesses
  • 91 people learned about entrepreneurship to start their own businesses

*Results for this community updated for 2020

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!