South Cebu West

South Cebu West's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

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.
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
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Construct new and improve existing classrooms and school buildings.
  • Provide schools with improved facilities and teaching and learning materials, including computers and textbooks.
  • Help parents prioritize education by providing information about the importance of their role in supporting and nurturing their children's education.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide education for community members about improved health care practices.
  • Train health workers in basic skills and the delivery of health care services.
  • Promote preventative measures, such as awareness campaigns, to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS.
  • Use awareness campaigns to teach parents about appropriate caring and feeding practices to improve their children's health.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Provide education for community members about improved sanitation practices Improve families access to potable water.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in South Cebu West can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Encourage farmers to adopt and practice natural farming and other appropriate technology to restore soil fertility, reduce soil erosion, and improve production.
  • Increase family income through responsible fishing and marine conservation.
  • Provide training for families in microenterprise development and business skills.
  • Organize local businesses and establish community-based savings programs.

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.

The needs in South Cebu West

Many parents in South Cebu West cannot afford to send their children to school, and so dropout rates are high. Children are often not supported or motivated at home to continue their studies ands struggle to improve their academic performance without proper coaching.

Schools in the community are greatly lacking. Many do not have proper buildings, with various grades sharing the same classroom, and sometimes even the same teacher. This leads to students low academic performance. Other challenges include a lack of standardized educational facilities, like laboratories, libraries, and clinics, as well as learning materials, like computers and textbooks. These challenges have led to high dropout rates in both elementary and high school.

Health Care
Malnutrition is common in South Cebu West, which is attributed to an unavailability of nutritious food or knowledge about good nutrition practices. This has resulted in poor breastfeeding and feeding practices among parents and caregivers. Basic health services in the community are insufficient to meet the needs of the population, and local clinics lack medical supplies, facilities, and equipment.

Water and Sanitation
Poor sanitation is a problem in South Cebu West. Households are not aware of the importance of good sanitation and cannot prioritize the construction of sanitary toilets due to financial constraints. Another hindrance in maintaining sanitary toilets is the lack of access to a water system experienced in some areas.

Due to limited government capacity to provide a sufficient and clean water supply, some families do not have any potable water. The government has only demonstrated limited efforts to preserve water resources.

Economic Development
Farming is the primary source of income in South Cebu West, but many farmers cannot afford the farming materials and equipment necessary to improve production. Poor soil quality leads to low agricultural yield, and threatens the sustainability of farming.

Fishermen in coastal areas also face challenges, as the areas meager coastal resources have been affected by the increased presence and threat of commercial fishing.

Alternative income-generating opportunities are limited to employment in local government offices and private businesses, which are mostly service and tourism oriented. Families who want to venture into small-scale enterprises require skills development and access to microfinance loans.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

South Cebu West,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.