Sorsogon

The needs in Sorsogon

Education
Many youth in Sorsogon have dropped out of high school, mainly because education is not valued in the community. Only about half of high school students complete their education, while most of their parents did not finish school. Low income and large family size prevent parents from supporting their children's studies, as they must prioritize basic needs over school. Students who are malnourished struggle to focus on and excel in their studies.

Bad peer influences can also discourage students from working towards academic goals. Many children aren't informed about their right to an education and community attitudes can negatively impact their perspective. As a result, students suffer from low self-esteem and lack the skills and foresight to plan ahead for their future, resulting in a continuing cycle of poorly educated families.

Health Care
Children in Sorsogon are malnourished and do not receive enough nutritious food. Parents struggle to provide regular, healthy meals, especially when they don't earn enough money. Limited health care education prevents children from being vaccinated, as well as pregnant women and new mothers from accessing pre and postnatal services.

Water and Sanitation
Inadequate waste facilities and poor hygiene practices have created an unsanitary environment in Sorsogon. This leaves many children vulnerable to preventable waterborne sicknesses. Almost 50% of homes have no access to clean, safe drinking water and 27% don't have sanitary toilets.

Economic Development
Families in Sorsogon struggle to earn enough money to provide for their children's basic needs. Marine life has been damaged by illegal fishing practices, such as the use of dynamite. This has significantly decreased families catch, which for many is their main source of income.

Low levels of education, a lack of skills training, and limited business opportunities restrict the employment of community members, especially women and out-of-school youth. Attempts to improve economic status are often unsuccessful, as employment programs struggle to engage participants and track their progress.
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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.
  • 960 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms.
  • 32 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 300 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps.
  • 1,479 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication.
  • 476 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished.
  • 15 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy.
  • 35 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children.
  • 492 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans.
  • 78 youth were equipped to enter the job market through apprenticeships, vocational training or career counselling.
  • 92 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families.
  • 92 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families.
  • 2,721 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies.
  • 1 community group is teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis.
Education
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.

Explore Sorsogon

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

Sorsogon,  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.