Sorsogon'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 Sorsogon community is home to more than 90,000 people, almost half of whom are children. Natural resources provide income and are vital to the community. However, illegal fishing practices, inadequate waste removal, and overfishing have destroyed the coral reefs and decreased the fish supply. This has made it hard for families to earn money and provide for their basic needs, including food, education, and health care. A growing population and regularly occurring natural disasters jeopardize Sorsogon's economy.

Many children in Sorsogon are malnourished, especially those under the age of five. Malnourishment, in turn, leaves children more vulnerable to illness. Families cannot always afford to send their children to school, which leaves them at risk of getting involved in dangerous situations, including crime and child labour. Poor hygiene and health practices combined with limited access to clean, safe drinking water also threatens the health and wellbeing of children and their families.
Child Protection
  • 1,010 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
  • 130 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 53 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 190 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 453 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 20 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 54 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 547 young people learned about sexual and reproductive health, including how to prevent and manage HIV and STIs
  • 65 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 1,318 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 177 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 65 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 98 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 98 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
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:
  • Create and strengthen partnerships among community members to advocate for children's increased access to quality education.
  • Promote the importance and value of education. Increase the number of parents who support their children's academic pursuits.
  • Encourage partnerships with established community groups to increase advocacy and support for education.
  • Ensure that children and youth learn age-appropriate life skills, and that they understand and can advocate for their rights.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide education about proper nutrition practices and promote balanced diets to prevent child malnutrition.
  • Strengthen community groups to advocate for improved health services.
  • Monitor and respond to child wellbeing issues and strengthen child protection measures.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Increase the awareness of parents or caregivers about proper hygiene and sanitation practices.

​Economic Development
To ensure parents in Sorsogon can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Educate families about protecting marine resources and preventing illegal activities.
  • Increase the number of families participating in community-based savings and loans groups.
  • Train parents and caregivers in alternative income-generating activities entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Increase community members knowledge and skills to reduce the impact of natural disasters.