South Cebu West

The community of South Cebu West is graduating

South Cebu West’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 Cebu West get there. Thank you!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in South Cebu West 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 Cebu West community is located south of Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. The area is hilly rugged, and rocky with limited arable land, as most of it is covered by clay soil. Agricultural production is limited, as crops cannot be grown without the use of fertilizer. Marine resources are rapidly being depleted by improper waste disposal that is also killing the coral reefs.

The heaviest rains in the community fall from June to August, with a dry season that starts in February and lasts until April, sometimes extending to the middle of May. The coolest months are November and December while the hottest are March and April. Temperatures are relatively uniform, averaging between 26℃ and 28℃.

Farming is the major source of household income, while fishing is the second. The principal crops grown are corn, coconut, and sweet potato. Secondary crops like rice, cassava, vegetables, and legumes are grown as cash crops. Families in rural areas usually raise hogs, water buffalo, cattle, and poultry in their backyards, which are consumed or sold at market.
People in South Cebu West are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

Child Protection
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 12 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 2 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 2,323 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 3,402 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
  • 1,616 young people learned about sexual and reproductive health, including how to prevent and manage HIV and STIs
  • 46 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 68 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 844 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 134 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 2,786 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 254 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 630 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 Cebu West

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 Cebu West,  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!