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.

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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.

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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 and young adults were given a voice in their local governments to make changes on issues that directly affect them. One municipality passed new laws to prohibit physical punishment of children.
  • More than 8,000 children learned about children's rights and how to protect themselves and others. Training sessions helped equip them to stay safe both in their communities and online.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • In the Philippines, mothers and caregivers attended training sessions on nutrition so they can help keep their children healthy and well-nourished.
  • Children were empowered to help keep themselves healthy. They attended workshops where they learned about diseases like tuberculosis and HIV and how to avoid getting sick.

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 began preparing for the job market through training sessions about interviewing and job searching. Students also learned about various career paths and the skills necessary to pursue their goals.

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.

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  • For Filipino families’ resilience in the face of repeated natural disasters.

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  • For staff to be continually inspired to serve vulnerable children.

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