Philippines: Himaya

Himaya's Looking Toward a Brighter Future

This sponsorship project has closed. Throughout Himaya, you can now see inspiring 'scenes of transformation, brought about through God’s grace and years of hard work. Thank you to our generous supporters who have helped change the lives of sponsored children by enriching the community in which they live. The future of Himaya is in capable hands. These are a few of the areas we focused on in 2015.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • We conducted a peace education training for youth that focused on leadership and communication skills. As part of their training, the youth learned to lead prayers and devotions. Peace education empowers children to be agents of change, healing, and peace, both among their peers and in their communities.
  • 96 fisherman who rely on clean water for their livelihood attended a natural resource management training about minimizing destruction to the marine environment through solid waste management. World Vision recruited several experts to lead the training.
  • To ensure families have enough food, we trained 10 farmers to educate 305 other farmers on natural farming and organic agriculture.

  • To ensure that families can provide for their children, we provided a two-day training for farmers on how to generate income by producing and selling coir, a fiber found in the husk of coconuts that is used for doormats and brushes.
  • 517 new members joined 26 new savings groups that provide interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services. This empowers parents to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • To prevent malnutrition, 189 pregnant women and 102 new mothers received counseling on exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and introduction of complementary foods after that.
  • Community members were trained by World Vision to advocate for local health centers to become "breastfeeding friendly" by providing education materials and a breastfeeding room.
  • Eight healthcare workers learned how to help with growth monitoring and nutrition interventions, and were provided with scales to support their work in children's health.

  • We advocated with the city government to improve the health of children by providing free nutrition interventions to 6,746 children in the community.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • 40 parents were trained by World Vision on how to help their little ones get ready for preschool by learning numbers and letters, and how to support their school-aged children by reading with them at home.
  • 13 community youth took part in a computer repair training program we facilitated where they received on-the-job training and started to build a network for future employment.
  • 39 teachers, school principals, and faith leaders attended a workshop on child protection where they reviewed World Vision's child protection policies, learned how to report abuses, and formed child protection committees.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • A Channels of Hope workshop for local faith leaders was conducted to share a Christian response to local child protection issues and learn from local experts. Channels of Hope is a program that empowers church leaders to address challenges biblically in their communities.


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 Himaya, Philippines

In 2015, Filipinos remembered the second anniversary of Haiyan, the biggest typhoon recorded in almost a century, that killed thousands, displaced four million people, and destroyed 500,000 homes. Emergency preparedness continues to be a significant challenge for this island nation that experiences frequent typhoons. In the aftermath of Haiyan, the government created new emergency preparedness plans and preemptively evacuated millions of people before Typhoons Hagupit and Koppu hit the islands. In addition to the problem of typhoon recovery, the Philippines faces acute sanitation issues. Over 30 million people do not have access to improved sanitation facilities. During 2015, World Vision responded to these immediate needs. We helped teachers and students create school-based disaster risk reduction plans that children can understand and follow. We also addressed the sanitation issues by providing 10,000 students with clean water at their schools and 12,000 families with household latrines.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 29 years.
Himaya, Philippines is in Phase 3

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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