Philippines

Feed the Children has worked in the Philippines since 1984. Our work expands beyond meals to developing community self-reliance.

The Philippines consists of thousands of tropical and mountainous islands, with breathtaking views. The economy of the Philippines is stable, but poverty persists in many areas of the cities and remote islands. The beautiful landscape is also highly susceptible to many natural disasters such as typhoons, landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis.

We’ve transitioned our mindsets from aid to programs that empower communities to bring themselves out of poverty through knowledge and resource exchange. To learn more about Feed the Children’s work specifically in the Philippines, read our 2016 Annual Report.

Philippines Basics

Population
103 Million
Poverty Rate
25.2%
Child Mortality
31 in 1,000
Kids with Stunted Growth
30%
Females Completing Secondary School
54%

Food & Nutrition

In the Philippines, Feed the Children program staff coordinate with the local government, other non-governmental organizations and partners to intervene during the critical first 1,000 days of a child’s life – from conception to two years old. We provide vitamin A capsules and deworming treatments to children who suffer from nutrient deficiencies, which disrupt their development.

Through our Care Group training, we seek to change mothers’ behaviors in caring for their young children. They also learn to grow vegetables through low-cost and intensive home gardening practices.

Health & Water

Our Care Groups also have a health component where we spread knowledge of water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) behaviors, infant health and treatment for illnesses.

Clean water and proper sanitation methods help prevent the spreading of disease within a community. For this purpose, we help communities build rainwater catchment systems and latrines through the support of generous donors.

Education

Education is essential to breaking the cycle of poverty. In the Philippines, our education interventions focus on students who are at risk of dropping out of school due to economic hardships or health concerns. We help children in the Philippines overcome common barriers to attending school by providing deworming medicine, school meals, shoes, uniforms, backpacks, school supplies, and scholarships to at-risk students.

Since we hold the rights of children with high regard, we train youth in various communities to be Peer Youth Educators to respond to child rights violations.

Livelihoods

Through our Village Savings and Loan groups, we empower parents and community leaders to understand the positive effects of their own savings. Through these group savings, capital is made available by way of loans to members to invest in small enterprises or to meet household needs.

Our agriculture support provides training to families to raise livestock. Through ‘pass-the-gift’, families who are given an animal then give offspring to their neighbors. These efforts are sustained to give more families the same opportunity.

Take Action

Sponsor a Child in The Philippines

Sponsoring a child in The Philippines helps that child and also the entire community. Your monthly gift helps us create a community where no child goes to bed hungry. You can make sure one child eats nourishing food, drinks clean water from a source near their home, and goes to school where they learn and develop leadership skills. It also helps start family businesses. Most important, it gives these kids the chance to dream about a brighter tomorrow and make that dream a reality.

Your $34 a month will change the life of a child and his or her community forever!

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