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.
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for
by their families, and participating in their communities
as agents of transformation.
We partnered with teachers, principals, and local leaders to teach youth about child rights, leadership skills, decision making, communication, and conflict-management so they will have brighter futures.
We are working with local leaders, government officials, police officers, faith leaders, and parents to increase awareness about child protection and child rights, and to ensure there are systems in place for reporting child abuses.
Over 2,000 families joined Community-Managed Savings and Credit Associations we formed to help families gain access to increased financial resources and provide for their children's education, health, and basic needs.
We reduced hazardous child labor in sugarcane producing areas of 11 provinces by supporting 54,000 children at risk of/involved in labor to attend school and facilitating livelihoods development, including savings groups, for 28,000 families.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished,
protected from infection and disease, and have access to
essential health services.
We worked with local health clinics to train community health workers who counsel new mothers on topics such as exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, transitioning babies to solid foods, and prevention of childhood diseases.
As a result of our advocacy work in communities, local health clinics created breastfeeding rooms with educational materials and cities funded comprehensive nutrition interventions for pregnant women and children.
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 increased children's literacy by training teachers in literacy methodology, teaching parents how to reinforce literacy skills at home, organizing tutoring for children who are struggling, and creating books of local stories that get kids excited about reading.
We work with children with impaired vision to improve their reading abilities by creating Braille versions of supplementary reading materials and providing them with equipment.
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, the reason for our hope.
Prayer Requests from Philippines
World Vision's staff in Philippines are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Families to increase their resiliency to disasters through savings groups that help them build an emergency fund for their children’s health and education.
World Vision staff who are leading health classes for adults and children on handwashing, personal hygiene, and waste disposal.