Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons of all time, hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013, as a category 5 storm. It laid waste to the country’s central region, killing more than 6,000 people and leaving more than 4 million people homeless and hungry.
Why World Vision is in Philippines
The Philippines saw both exciting breakthroughs and challenges in 2018. Educational reforms, including a government plan for information, communication, and technology, are focused on empowering young people to be digitally savvy. Laws passed prioritizing mother and child health, so children will get health and nutrition services during the earliest days of development. And the country ranked 10th among 140 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum, which shows a positive step in giving men and women equal opportunities. Several emergencies also threatened the Philippines. A volcano in the south displaced thousands of families. Typhoon Mangkhut devastated vast rice and corn farmlands and affected more than 3 million people in Northern Luzon. Thanks to the support of our donors, hundreds of thousands of children benefitted from programs focused on their well-being and safety. In its second year, our advocacy campaign to end violence against children — called “It Takes A World to End Sexual Exploitation” — gained ground through partnerships with the government, local churches, and other faith-based agencies. Volunteers participated in community-based child protection to make sure any violations that harmed children were reported to local authorities. Thousands of children are growing up healthier and stronger with better nutrition and healthcare. We’re also helping empower the community to raise awareness among mothers of the health benefits of breastfeeding their infants. Our staff responded to three major emergencies — a cyclone, a volcanic eruption, and monsoonal flooding — with relief for those affected, helping almost 10,000 families with life-saving essentials and recovery assistance.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Philippines
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
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.
- Children are learning to use their voices to advocate for positive changes in their communities. At the annual Children's Congress in the Philippines, child leaders gathered to discuss issues that affect them. In addition, through child protection committees that were trained, child leaders are working together to better respond to the needs of other children in their communities.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Caregivers of infants and small children in the Philippines were trained on proper child nutrition, breastfeeding, and the importance of routine medical check-ups.
- Through a collaboration with local churches, boys and girls were educated about HIV and AIDS. After the training, children helped organize and lead a campaign to educate others how HIV is acquired, transmitted, treated, and prevented.
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.
- Student volunteers in the Philippines were trained in Culture of Reading, our initiative that supports school aged children's learning. Younger children are tutored by older student volunteers. The tutorials cover topics on the expressed needs of the students.
- Children need school supplies and books in order to be prepared and perform well at school. Before the school year began, students in the Philippines were provided with school kits containing essential items.
Prayer Requests from Philippines
World Vision's staff in Philippines are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
The ongoing emergency response would provide the needed resources for thousands of displaced children and families.
Filipino children will be protected from the growing risk of online sexual exploitation, and justice will prevail against perpetrators.
News from Philippines
On Dec. 3, 2012, almost a year to the day after Mindanao in the southern Philippines was hit by a devastating tropical storm, the island group absorbed another staggering blow: Typhoon Bopha. Bringing back parents’ hopes and children’s smiles was the challenge for World Vision disaster responders.
In times of crisis, World Vision establishes Child-Friendly Spaces where children can go and feel safe, begin recovering from trauma, and learn to play again. Read how play is crucial for children’s learning and recovery.
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