After Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines in 2013, World Vision staff member Maryann Zamora witnessed an answered prayer for Patrick, a young father of two. Read how God answered the prayer that Maryann and Patrick prayed together in a moment of desperation.
Why World Vision is in 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.
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.
- To ensure that families can provide for their children's education, health, and other basic needs, we worked with community members to help establish new savings groups that promote economic growth and raise awareness on the importance of savings.
- We worked to promote child protection by working with the community to monitor kids' well-being and supporting children’s clubs where boys and girls learn about advocating for their rights.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- We worked to improve child health and nutrition by training community health workers to counsel new mothers on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and preparing meals for toddlers using nutritious ingredients that are available locally.
- We conducted sessions for children on clean water, sanitation, and hygiene emphasizing the importance of proper handwashing to reduce the number of waterborne illnesses.
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.
- We collaborated with local stakeholders and community leaders to improve the quality of education by providing vocational education for vulnerable youth and extra-curricular experiences that keep kids enrolled and engaged.
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.
- Our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God's unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus.
Prayer Requests from Philippines
World Vision's staff in Philippines are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Families still struggling to recover after Typhoon Haima.
Mothers who need health information to keep their children safe and growing.
News from Philippines
A World Vision communicator from the Philippines shares stories that run the gamut of human emotions from fear, grief, and worry to resolve and resilience.
Breastfeeding can be difficult even under the best circumstances. That’s why World Vision makes a special effort to support moms during emergencies.
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