Philippines

  • 161 sponsorship programmes
  • 4 educational centres
  • 3,600 sponsored young people
  • 17 overseas volunteers

Despite an increase in growth the past few years, the Philippines is experiencing an even larger divide between the rich and the poor, mass migration from rural areas to large cities (Manila, Cebu, etc.) and mass unemployment rates, the highest in the region of Southeast Asia.

Children of the Mekong’s sponsorship programme supports street children, those who live in shantytowns as well as those living in rural and isolated areas.  Many partnerships have been forged at a grassroots level with both religious and secular Filipino and French non-profit communities.

  • 104.3 million inhabitants of which  55.8% live in rural areas
  • Official languages: Filipino (Tagalog), English, and 87 other languages and dialects
  • Currency: Filipino peso
  • Religions: Christians (90.2%), Muslims (5%), ‘Iglesia ni Kristo’ (Church of Christ)

In rural areas which are often affected by typhoons and other natural disasters, the sponsorship programme is the best way of helping families through hard times and curb migration to the shantytowns.

Over the years, Children of the Mekong has built educational centres and foster homes for students in the archipelago.  An educational centre is a place where students can take courses and additional lessons of all kinds that address the whole person’s development. Whereas a foster home is somewhere the students can live while in a community while completed a training course.  Children of the Mekong manages 4 education centres for students at the moment (Cebu, Butuan, Tuguegarao, and Dumaguete).

Children of the Mekong also helps in emergencies, for example during the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan in 2013, (when more than 1,000 houses and over 10 schools had to be rebuilt.)

Our current sponsorship programmes in the Philippines

Progress: 81%

Sponsored children: 70 of 86

OUR CURRENT PROJECT IN PHILIPPINES

Progress: 50%

Funds raised so far: £14,190 of £28,330