Albay's Community News

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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 Albay community is home to more than 50,000 people and Mount Mayon, the beautiful, world-famous cone volcano. Rich in resources such as fish and grains, the land provides food and income, however natural disasters such as typhoons, landslides, and tsunamis threaten these resources. In recent years, the fish catch has decreased and long periods of drought have led to smaller harvests and malnourishment.

Families living in remote parts of Albay must travel long distances to access health care and educational facilities. As a result of this isolation, many children suffer from hunger and preventable illnesses. They also lack interest in school, as resources are limited and they aren't motivated by parents or teachers. Many drop out to care for younger siblings, assist their parents with fishing or farming, or to move to bigger cities like Manila to earn what little money they can.
Child Protection
  • 2 advocacy initiatives about child safety and protection were led by women and children, empowering them to change their community for the better.
  • 665 children and youth aged 12-17 years old were provided with information on the prevention, control and treatment of HIV/AIDS
  • 1 recommendation for improving health services was presented to local leader, so better medical cis can be available to children and families.
  • 1260 community members are now managing savings groups, which includes receiving credit and loans
  • 1079 households were educated on financial products
  • 80 households can now access and operate in market places
  • 77 savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
  • 1260 community members learned how to manage their household's finances, helping them understand and develop strategies to manage family income and expenses.
  • 142 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.
  • 176 farmers received seeds, livestock, tools or agricultural equipment, helping increase their production, income and support for their children.
  • 1 stakeholder provided support to household on agri-fishery production
  • 1079 households were referred to financial institutions for services
  • 1 partner agency was enabled to provide local value chain development training to households
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Create and strengthen collaboration among community members to advocate for children's increased access to improved education.
  • Promote the importance and value of education.
  • Increase the number of parents and caregivers who support children's academic pursuits.
  • Encourage parents and caregivers to monitor their children's academic performance to ensure they can pursue goals for their future.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Teach proper nutrition practices and promote balanced diets to improve nutritional status of children.
  • Increase the number of health care workers and volunteers and equip them to provide quality health care services.
  • Strengthen community-based groups to advocate for improved health services.
  • Monitor and respond to child wellbeing issues and strengthen child protection measures.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Albay can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train farmers in new production techniques and technology.
  • Inform parents and caregivers about alternative income-generating activities and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Increase the number of families participating in community-based savings and loans groups.
  • Increase community members knowledge and skills in resource management and protection, including plans to reduce the impact of disasters.

Explore Albay

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 Albay

The poor quality of education in Albay is a key concern. Many schools don't have enough equipment or learning materials for all students. Teachers in Albay lack skills training and supplies to help engage children in the learning process, especially when it comes to those who need extra attention.

Children also lack motivation to attend school regularly. In addition to the insufficiency of schools to meet their needs, many students parents don't know how to support their studies. Many families struggle to pay for school supplies, as well as to provide emotional encouragement. Children living in isolated parts of the community have a hard time getting to schools.

Health Care
Access to even the most basic of health services is limited in Albay, especially for those living in more rural areas of the community. When available, health care facilities often have a limited number of services they can provide. Lack of information prevents community members from properly caring for babies and children. Pregnant women lack access to proper pre and postnatal care, and children don't get all of their vaccines.

Families struggle to provide enough food for their children, especially during the monsoon season, when the fish catch is low and there aren't other sources of income. Many children suffer from malnutrition. Parents are also not taught how to prepare healthy meals with the food they have.

Economic Development
Families in Albay are often unable to provide for their children's basic needs. Most rely on fishing or farming for income, however in recent years, both kinds of harvest have decreased. The destruction of mangroves and the use of illegal commercial fishing methods, such as the use of dynamite, have resulted in lower catches. Outdated farming techniques and tools, pests and bugs, and limited crop storage facilities have further reduced harvests and lowered overall productivity.

Farmers are often forced to sell their produce for low prices, leaving their families disadvantaged. Alternative income-generating activities are few and far between. Parents lack vocational skills and many have not completed basic education. For women and youth who are no longer in school, there are even fewer jobs or business opportunities available.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Albay,  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.