South Cotabato

The community of South Cotabato is graduating

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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
  • 3 advocacy initiatives about child safety and protection were led by women and children, empowering them to change their community for the better.
  • 882 community members took part in an advocacy meeting about child protection issues, working to improve the safety of girls and boys.
  • 1 child protection policy recommending child and youth plan was presented to local governments.
  • 2 formal agreements were signed between community stakeholders, creating partnerships that will improve the well-being of more boys and girls.
  • 2 joint plans were drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 1031 households were referred to financial institutions for services
  • 1 partner agency was enabled to provide local value chain development training to households
  • 6 stakeholders provided support to household on agri-fishery production
  • 2469 community members are now managing savings groups, which includes receiving credit and loans
  • 916 households were educated on financial products
  • 96 households can now access and operate in market places
  • 108 savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
  • 769 community members learned how to manage their household's finances, helping them understand and develop strategies to manage family income and expenses.
  • 392 women and men learned how to operate a business, providing them with skills to be an entrepreneur and earn an income to better support their children.
  • 184 farmers received seeds, livestock, tools or agricultural equipment, helping increase their production, income and support for their children.
  • 240 farmers had access to agricultural technical services, helping them improve their production and income to meet their children's needs.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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!