South Cebu West

The community of South Cebu West is graduating

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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
  • 2145 community members took part in an advocacy meeting about child protection issues, working to improve the safety of girls and boys.
  • 3 advocacy initiatives about child safety and protection were led by women and children, empowering them to change their community for the better.
  • 1 formal agreement was signed between community stakeholder, creating partnership that will improve the well-being of more boys and girls.
Health and Nutrition
  • 662 children and youth aged 12-17 years old were provided with information on the prevention, control and treatment of HIV/AIDS
  • 7 recommendations for improving health services were presented to local leaders, so better medical care can be available to children and families.
  • 3 community groups were formed or educated on Tuberculosis prevention and care
  • 172 savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
  • 101 households can now access and operate in market places
  • 217 households were educated on financial products
  • 3819 community members are now managing savings groups, which includes receiving credit and loans
  • 72 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.
  • 871 community members learned how to manage their household's finances, helping them understand and develop strategies to manage family income and expenses.
  • 218 farmers received seeds, livestock, tools or agricultural equipment, helping increase their production, income and support for their children.
  • 171 farmers had access to agricultural technical services, helping them improve their production and income to meet their children's needs.
  • 1 advocacy initiative in program focus area was undertaken by community- based group
  • 1 stakeholder provided support to household on agri-fishery production
  • 1 partner agency was enabled to provide local value chain development training to households
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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!