Philippines

Home > Impact > Where We Work > Philippines
select

The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam. Located in the earthquake belt and typhoon belt of the Pacific Rim, it is highly susceptible to horrific storms as well as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and other life-threatening natural disasters. After Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, ChildFund mounted a large-scale response to the vast needs across affected areas, delivering food aid, psychosocial support and water purifiers. As a country with one of the highest birthrates in Asia, the Philippines is home to more than 36 million children, more than a quarter of whom are vulnerable to sickness, malnutrition and human trafficking due to poverty in the Philippines.

ChildFund has served children in the Philippines since 1971.

To ensure healthy beginnings for Filipino children, ChildFund emphasizes the integration of maternal and child health, management of childhood illnesses and early childhood stimulation and development. Home-based Early Childhood Development services operate in remote communities where there are no day care centers. In villages whose only water sources are deep wells, we provide water through our daycare centers. Many daycare centers that were ruined by the typhoon have been repaired and rehabilitated, and furnished with learning kits, supplies and teaching aids. In affected communities, health workers and parent volunteers have been engaged as health action teams, benefitting from training in nutrition and child protection.

Poverty in the Philippines is a barrier to finishing grade school for many children, as not all villages have secondary schools, and transportation costs are high. ChildFund provides education assistance for school-aged Filipino children, covering unmet needs such as school supplies, uniforms, fares for transportation, and resources for school projects. When children don’t receive proper education in the Philippines or have poor performance at school, it increases the likelihood of dropping out to engage in child labor. In areas where sugarcane is the main industry and child labor is common, alternative learning modules for schools help educators attract children to learning. ChildFund also trains peer tutors to provide Filipino children with support in science, math and English. Such school improvements have made for more child-friendly environments, aiding retention. Laws have also been lobbied and approved across different communities in support of keeping children in school and away from sugarcane labor.

ChildFund believes that leadership development and life skills training provide young people opportunities to become leaders within their communities and break the cycle of poverty in the Philippines. ChildFund Philippines works through local youth organizations to help young people learn about disaster risk reduction, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and other youth issues. Several representatives of the Children and Youth sector of the President’s National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) are products of ChildFund’s leadership development efforts. The current NAPC youth commissioner is the fourth ChildFund youth leader in a row to occupy the position.

 

 

Sponsor a Child

featured image 01

Zue

$28/month

Watch NOW




TIDBITS

  • Holidays
  • Languages
  • Resources
January 1 New Year's Day
February 25 People Power Day
April 9 Day of Valor
May 1 Labor Day
June 10 Independence Day
August 26th National Heroes Day
November 1 All Saints Day
December 2 Bonifacio Day
December 25 Christmas Day
English
Filipino/Tagalog
 
 
 
 
 
Folklore Tales From the 7,000 Isles
Novel State of War: A Novel of Life in the Philippines
Poetry One Hundred Love Poems
Film Twilight Dancers
Documentary Human Trafficking
Documentary Give Up Tomorrow
Ethnography Struggling with Development
Music Music of the Philippines: Fiesta Filipina
Cookbook Memories of Philippine Kitchens



Accountability

ChildFund International has earned high ratings from Charity Navigator, the American Institute of Philanthropy and Charities Review Council.

Learn more about our financial accountability »


BBB CRC InterAction GreatNonProfits
Google+ Facebook Twitter YouTube Pinterest blog instagram LinkedIn tumblr