We will take you on a tour to discover the city of Dumaguete, where Children of the Mekong’s education centre nests, and the inspiring […]
- 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.)
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We spent the second week of our celebratory virtual trip in Butuan, to learn more about the education centre and to meet one very […]
It’s the first week of our virtual trip to the Philippines and we are starting our itinerary in Cebu, an island in the centre […]
Children of the Mekong’s programmes start in the Philippines