There’s something special about handmade crafts at Christmastime. So we asked some of the children and families we help around the world to share their favorite Christmas crafts with you! Learn how to make DIY Christmas crafts from Armenia, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, Lesotho, and the Philippines.
Why World Vision is in Philippines
Comprising a string of islands located in the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire,” the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. In 2019, 21 typhoons and a series of earthquakes displaced hundreds of thousands of people. These natural hazards not only destroy homes and livelihoods—they also affect the physical, psychological, and social well-being of children. Unemployment in the Phillipines is high, and those with jobs are often underemployed. Measles, polio, and dengue fever threaten the health of Filipino children. Donor generosity rushed critical aid to those affected by natural disasters in 2019, and equipped Filipino families with tools for future resilience. World Vision programs also worked to promote literacy and math skills, reduce violence against children, and spread awareness about HIV and AIDS. Children who experienced trauma are healing with psychosocial therapy, and farmers are providing for their families with new agricultural resources. Community engagement and awareness campaigns educated children about the dangers of human trafficking and online sexual exploitation.
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.
- Almost 6,000 community members attended trainings where they learned about children's rights and how to protect them.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Handwashing facilities were established in schools and communities around the Philippines to help children practice good hygiene habits and avoid waterborne illnesses.
- In the Philippines, mothers and caregivers attend trainings on nutrition so they can keep their children healthy and well-nourished.
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.
- Youth were given resources to help them begin preparing for their careers. Trainings on cosmetology, interviewing, and job hunting were offered in communities around the Philippines.
- World Vision is supporting children throughout the course of their education. Families received training and resources to increase their income so that kids can stay in school longer. Then, children were given the resources they need to be successful in school.
Prayer Requests from Philippines
World Vision's staff in Philippines are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For children to be protected against violence and abuse, especially from the growing threat of online sexual exploitation.
For Filipino families’ resilience in the face of repeated natural disasters.
For staff to be continually inspired to serve vulnerable children.
News from Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons of all time, hit the Philippines on Nov. 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.
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.
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