Sorsogon'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 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 advocacy initiative about child safety and protection was led by women and children, empowering them to change their community for the better.
Health and Nutrition
  • 292 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.
  • 114 farmers had access to agricultural technical services, helping them improve their production and income to meet their children's needs.
  • 119 farmers received seeds, livestock, tools or agricultural equipment, helping increase their production, income and support for their children.
  • 107 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.
  • 1158 community members learned how to manage their household's finances, helping them understand and develop strategies to manage family income and expenses.
  • 81 savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
  • 100 households can now access and operate in market places
  • 948 households were educated on financial products
  • 1706 community members are now managing savings groups, which includes receiving credit and loans
  • 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 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.

The needs in Sorsogon

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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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.